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Strong as Sandow
How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth
By (author): Don Tate Illustrated by: Don Tate
9781580896283 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 9, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Sports & Recreation Aug 22, 2017
$21.99 CAD
Forthcoming 10 x 10 in 40 pages Charlesbridge Children's Books Charlesbridge
Little Friedrich Müller was a puny weakling who longed to be athletic and strong like the ancient Roman gladiators. He exercised and exercised. But he to no avail.

As a young man, he found himself under the tutelage of a professional body builder. Friedrich worked and worked. He changed his name to Eugen Sandow and he got bigger and stronger. Everyone wanted to become “as strong as Sandow.”

Inspired by his own experiences body-building, Don Tate tells the story of how Eugen Sandow changed the way people think about strength and exercise and made it a part of everyday life.

Backmatter includes more information about Sandow, suggestions for exercise, an author’s note, and a bibliography.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Don Tate is a rising star, having won the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw and the award itself for Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton.

INSPIRING STORY: Young readers will root for Sandow, a small boy who makes his oversize dreams come true.

EXPERIENCED AUTHOR: Tate was an award-winning competitive bodybuilder in his youth.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Back matter includes an author’s note, bodybuilding photos of Sandow and Tate, Sandow’s exercises for children, quotation sources, and a bibliography.

HOLE IN MARKET: This is the only picture book about Eugen Sandow and one of only two picture books about bodybuilders.

Don Tate is the author and illustrator of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton (Peachtree), for which he received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor for It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw (Lee & Low), illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. Tate is also the illustrator of several picture books, including Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions, The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch (Eerdmans), and The Cart That Carried Martin. Don lives in Austin, Texas.

Author Residence: Austin, TX

Author Hometown: Des Moines, IA

Marketing: Tour Tate locally; appearances at TLA, ALA, and BEA

Downloadable discussion/activity guide, including Sandow’s exercises

Lifesize cutout for tradeshows and BookCon offering a photo op as body builder

Advertising campaign in industry news, including PW, SLJ, Shelf Awareness

Consumer ads in Shelf Awareness Reader

Bookbuilder campaign - including postcard mailings to retailers, Be a Bookbuilder buttons, and a summer reading contest



Publicity: Pitch to sports magazines

Promote Don Tate to major media including radio and TV



Author Website: www.dontate.com

Author Social Media: Twitter, Facebook

Praise for Whoosh!:

“A delightfully child-friendly and painfully necessary diversification of the science field”—Kirkus, starred review

“Tate’s inviting digital illustrations bring an appropriately playful air to the pages, especially in a foldout spread showing the Super Soaker’s blast in all of its glory.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Praise for Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton:

Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award

Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year

Huffington Post Best Picture Books

Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year

“[Tate’s] decision to illuminate this remarkable man’s life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity.”—Kirkus, starred review

“A lovely introduction to an inspirational American poet.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Tate’s mixed-media illustrations glow with bright greens and yellows, radiating a warmth, hope, and promise that echo this stirring biography’s closing message.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

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