The Story of Charles Atlas, Strong Man

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A.A. Knopf, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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He could tear phone books in half, bend iron bars into giant Us, and pull a 145,000-pound train with his bare hands. But Charles Atlas wasn't always one of America's most famous strong men. Once upon a time, he was a "97-pound weakling" who was picked on by neighborhood bullies.Using her trademark humor, Meghan McCarthy brings to life the story of Charles Atlas, the man who would become "the World's Most Perfectly Developed Man" and, with his fitness campaign, inspired the entire nation to get in shape, eat right, and take charge of our lives.

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User Review  - Lorelie - Goodreads

Great picture book biography of a very interesting person! Loved it! Read full review

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User Review  - Tim Vandenberg - Goodreads

While this is an interesting mini-biography of the world's most famous Strong Man, with colorful, kid-friendly art, I still wasn't struck by what could have been a more effective & powerful storyline ... Read full review

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Meghan McCarthy is the author-illustrator of The Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus and Aliens Are Coming!, which was praised in a starred review in School Library Journal as, "a unique treatment of a fascinating topic, and sure to have wide appeal." She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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