About the Author
Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com.
Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to all of my young sports fans with the knowledge that it may not contain the facts they are seeking, and it certainly doesn't offer photographs and illustrations they may hope for. For students interested in personal trivia, this edition may be just perfect. I particularly like the way Krull balances men and women in her portrayals.
The book is visually pleasing and has an eye-catching cover. Kathryn Hewitt's watercolor/colored pencil portraits are the highlight of the series and the thick white glossy paper with ample margins make the presentation reader friendly. Each of the 20 biographies is well written, informative and holds interest because they are relatively short (2-3 pages) and the focus is on the physical accomplishments of the athlete. Additionally, each bio briefly examines the quirks and exploits of each individual in everyday life. An asset for the middle school library with the other 5 series titles: women, artists, musicians, presidents and writers.