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The Strongest Man in the World Hardcover – April 25, 2007


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  • Age Range: 7 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books; First Edition edition (April 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888997310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888997319
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,496,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Debon proves that it's never too early to fine-tune a child's sense of nostalgia in a story that harks back to the sideshow days of old, when weightlifting ranked among the great spectator entertainments. At the turn of the twentieth century, when Canadian Louis Cyr, "Champion Strongman of the World," is informed that he must retire, he tells his young daughter about his exploits besting challengers with little more than a flex of his awesome physique. Children familiar with modern strongman competitions on ESPN will easily recognize the seeds of such outlandishly fascinating contests here, as burly fellows lift draft horses off the ground and bend iron poles into pretzels. The artwork, presented in a series of small boxes, graphic-novel style, is colored mostly in hues of orange that contribute to the period feel of the scenes and transport readers to a time gone by. Children will be touched when, following his last performance, Cyr turns his back on the adulation of thousands for the awe of his little girl. Ian Chipman
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Okay people. Fess up. If a teacher tells all the kids in her class that they are now doing projects on famous Canadians and that everyone has to come back with at least one great Canadian hero, what biography would you hand them? Hm? Yeah, see, that's what I thought. You can't think of any great biographies of Canadian heroes off the top of your head (and no, Paul Bunyan doesn't count). The fact of the matter is that Americans know so very little about their neighbor to the North that they hardly ever fret such matters. And truth be told, your child may never be given this assignment. But what if they were? And what if you knew of this super-cool graphic novel style picture book biography about (not to put too fine a point on it), "The Strongest Man In the World"? How cool would that make you? Well sit back and relax, puffins, cause here I hand to you a gem of a book. Chronicling the life of Louis Cyr and written by Canadian/Frenchman Nicolas Debon, this is not your average tale of strength and daring-do. It has heart. It has soul. It has facts. What more could a person wish for then?

Emiliana is worried about her father, and she has every right to be. It's the early 20th century and he has just been told by the doctor that he must retire from public life. And maybe that wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, but her papa's not just any man. He's Louis Cyr, a strongman of great fame and fortune. Owner and creator of the Louis Cyr Circus, Emiliana's father reminisces with his daughter over his long and remarkable life. Readers see his early days, when he was coached by a grandfather convinced that his grandson would be strong since, "In this tough world of ours, a man without strength is nothing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dutchman on February 19, 2010
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Louis Cyr was my mother's great uncle (my great grand uncle I suppose). I heard stories about him when I was a child. It is cool to now find a book that validated those stories - they're true! What fun to find it out. This is a kids book, though, not what I thought it would be - a history book about my uncle.
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