Some people create passwords using birthdays, or memorize lock codes using mnemonics. My husband uses jersey numbers. For example, if you want to break into our house, you just have to know “Walter Payton Michael Jordan.” Need to get into Jim’s email account? Be thinking about Hugh McElhenny. (Don’t ask him who that is; he’ll make you sit through at least an hour of Youtube videos.) Jim is also the guy who, when looking starry-eyed after a romantic dinner, will admit he was fantasizing – no, not about you, but about running like Gale Sayers. So it shouldn’t surprise you to know that when this book arrived in the mail, I barely slipped it out of the mailer before it was grabbed away.
When I finally got it back, I could see that it is great fun, whether you are a sports maniac (like some people in my house) or not; it’s full of bright pictures, cool infographics, and amazing facts. You can find out how much was paid for the most valuable baseball card in history, how much an Olympic gold medal weighs, and why Nadia Comaneci’s perfect score couldn’t show up in the 1976 Summer Olympics. You can see how many miles per hour the best shots have been in hockey or tennis, and how much the most expensive ticket cost to go to the very first Super Bowl in 1967 ($12!!!) It has an index in the back, too, which is very helpful.
Here is what Jim has to say about this book:
Note from Jill: I think “ages 10-12” doesn’t begin to cover it! LOL
Evaluation: This would make a perfect gift for anyone who likes to read or dream about great accomplishments, especially but not exclusively for those who like sports.
Published by Sports Illustrated Kids, a division of Time Entertainment, Inc., 2013