Kid Lit Review of “STATS! The Greatest Numbers in Sports” from Sports Illustrated Kids

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.

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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.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Here is what Jim has to say about this book:

Much of the joy of being a sports fan is reveling in the greatest accomplishments in the history of the various games. This book is a good introduction to aspiring sports fans. It presents (in no particular order) some of the all-time records in various popular sports, such as DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak, the basketball record of the 1975-76 Indiana Hoosiers, and Usain Bolt’s 9.58 second 100 meter dash. It also includes some lesser known (but not necessarily lesser) accomplishments such as the 112 consecutive beach volley ball victories recorded by Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings, and Sam Crawford’s 309 career triples. The listing of each record is accompanied by an illustrative photograph, often one taken while the record was being broken. It’s just the kind of thing most 10-12 year old kids would very much like to spend hours on end perusing and (in many cases) memorizing.

Note from Jill: I think “ages 10-12” doesn’t begin to cover it! LOL

New York Yankees win the 2009 World Series, one of 27 wins (so far) by the Yankees

New York Yankees win the 2009 World Series, one of 27 wins (so far) by the Yankees

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.

Rating: 4/5

Published by Sports Illustrated Kids, a division of Time Entertainment, Inc., 2013

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7 Responses to Kid Lit Review of “STATS! The Greatest Numbers in Sports” from Sports Illustrated Kids

  1. What a great book for sport fans!

  2. Y’all crack me up! I swear your household must be hilarious! I love sports but don’t keep up with jersey numbers or stats. The book sounds perfect for boys (or men)!

  3. sandynawrot says:

    You got a chuckle out of me too. I’ve got one of those in my house, except it is usually about soccer. Or maybe golf. Did you know my husband knows every World Cup finals and semi-finals score going back into the ’60’s? And probably EVER score made by Poland. We are also BIG spontaneous Googlers about sports facts. This would be a fun book to have around for us 12-year-olds at heart.

  4. I can think of a couple of guys this book is perfect for….and they’re not necessarily in the “kid” stage! More like supposed to be grown men 😀
    Loved your review! You had me laughing something fierce!!

  5. Beth F says:

    I know my older brother would have treasured this! (adding more here so comment will post)

  6. Staci@LifeintheThumb says:

    This book would be checked out all the time in my middle school library!

  7. bookingmama says:

    I can vouch for what Jim says. Booking Son is reading it straight through and loving it!

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