Swimming champ Phelps provides a playful account of what his preparation for the Beijing Olympics entailed. The text jumps from one analogy to the next, beginning with the six years he trained: "That's a kindergartener's whole life! That's the same as 42 dog years!" Some comparisons wow more than others, as when Phelps equates the 12,480 miles he swam while training to swimming the full length of the Great Wall of China three times ("Perfect! Now do it two more times," says his coach in the accompanying illustration, which shows the Great Wall as a pool that zigzags across mountains into the distance). Humorous but less compelling spreads demonstrate the time he spent napping during these training years. Many of the comparisons are downright silly, including the one that inspires the book's title, in which Phelps tallies the number of dinosaurs he could hypothetically leg-press in a single workout (nine tons worth). Debut illustrator Jenkins's digital cartoons comically mine this and other quirky references, depicting Phelps as a cheerful, larger-than-life caricature. Sports fans with a love of statistics should be both amused and impressed. Ages 4-8. (June)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
How to Train with a T. Rex and Win 8 Gold Medalsby Michael Phelps, Ward Jenkins, Alan Abrahamson
What does it take to win eight gold medals?
Napping away three summer vacations?
Eating enough broccoli to fill the back of a pickup truck?
Swimming the length of the Great Wall of China three times?
- Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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- 11.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Michael Phelps is an American swimmer. He holds the record for winning the most gold medals (8) in a single Olympics (2008). He has won 16 Olympic medals, 14 gold and two bronze. He holds seven world records and has over 20 World Championship medals. After returning home from Beijing in 2008, Michael used the well-publicized $1 million dollar Speedo bonus to start the Michael Phelps Foundation through which he hopes to encourage children to lead healthy, active lives, and to continue to grow the sport of swimming. He now resides in Baltimore, MD with his dog Herman.
Ward Jenkins is an illustrator and animator. His first picture book was How to Train with a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals by Michael Phelps. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.
Alan Abrahamson is an award-winning sportswriter and a recognized authority on the Olympics. In 2006, he left the Los Angeles Times, where he had been a staff writer for 17 years, to write for the NBC suite of online properties, which now includes NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com and UniversalSports.com. Since 2003, Alan has also served as a sports and Olympic analyst on NBC's television networks. Among other honors, Alan won the 2002 National Headliner Award for sports writing and was named the Los Angeles Press Club's 2004 sports journalist of the year. Alan and his wife, Laura, and their three children live in Southern California.
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This book is great! My son is a huge fan of Michael Phelps, and this is a wonderful book that explains how hard Phelps had to work to win 8 gold medals. This book does a fantastic job of presenting math and numbers to kids. Phelps presents the information in a fun and informative way, ensuring kids can relate to the facts, and can see real world applications for math. My son and I met Phelps during his book signing tour back in December, ("No Limits: The Will to Succeed") and the way Phelps treated my son and all the other kids proved that he is an excellent role model and a real American hero. I am pleased that he wrote this children's book, giving fans of all ages the chance to appreciate what a superstar he truly is.