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Gr 9 Up—Students may never have heard of Andre Roussimoff, a man born in France in the late 1950s, who would go on to become one of the first stars in the early modern era of professional wrestling. Born with a rare syndrome known as acromegaly, he produced too much growth hormone in his body. This rendered him so gigantic that as a child, he was unable to fit on the bus to go to school. Eventually finding his calling on the stage, Roussimoff eventually became a chronic drinker and smoker as he became more and more successful. He took frequent trips to Japan where he was regarded as an international celebrity. But his life was not devoid of conflict and strife. He was in constant pain as a result of his condition. He also had a daughter he barely ever saw. This in-depth and well-researched look into the life of the memorable actor from The Princess Bride is interesting and complex. Drawing from number of different sources, Brown has constructed as complete a portrait of Andre the Giant as he possibly could. While some of the language and situations in this graphic novel biography are definitely for older audiences, high school wrestling fans can nonetheless enjoy this intimate look into the life of an industry legend.—Ryan P. Donovan, New York Public Library
Larger-than-average André the Giant had a larger-than-life personality to match, and award-winning cartoonist Brown manages to capture the legendary wrestler’s career in charming, heartfelt black-and-white panels. After a few snippets of an interview with André’s fellow wrestler Hulk Hogan, Brown starts off with a doozy of an anecdote: 12-year-old André, too big to fit in the school bus, gets a ride to school in the back of Samuel Beckett’s pickup truck in exchange for a bottle of Beaujolais. From there, Brown covers André’s storied career in wrestling, his movie roles, his insatiable drinking (reportedly once running up a $40,000 bar tab), and the many health problems he faced owing to his acromegaly. Throughout, André comes across as a good-natured, gentle giant with a playful sense of humor and love for showmanship. He was, of course, no stranger to controversy, but Brown only lightly touches on those moments, choosing instead to keep the tone laudatory. Given André the Giant’s long-standing popularity among a wide audience, fans of professional wrestling aren’t the only ones who will line up to read this one. --Sarah HunterSee all Editorial Reviews
the gentle giant of the most famous professional wrestling brand today, WWE, helped the McMahon led program to a whole new level of wrestling by engaging with feuds with the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert Crow
I really can't believe a definitive biography of Andre the Giant has still never been written. This is not that. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hwy61Joe
The gentle giant's stint in the professional wrestling world skyrocketed the ratings of the then World Wrestling federation! Read morePublished 2 months ago by cheryl gilliard
Awesome book about an awesome man. I really liked this glimpse into the life of one of the world's biggest human beings ever. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ben Rushing
Really enjoyed this graphic nonfiction novel treatment of the life and career of Andre the Giant.Published 5 months ago by Jesse Sublett
Fun, informative, great drawings and storytelling. Really feel The Giant here. This thing got pathos, yo.Published 5 months ago by Plutarch XL
It's hard to tell who this book is intended for. You'd think that the primary audience for a book about Andre the Giant would be wrestling fans who want to know more about Andre. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Len Snark
It's in comic book form so. It's not very in depth. But still a fun quick read. I was just dissapointed but the lack of details for a biography.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer