Strong Man

Strong Man

The Story of Charles Atlas

By Meghan McCarthy

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375829406, 40pp.

Publication Date: June 12, 2007

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.

About the Author
Meghan McCarthy is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including "Earmuffs for Everyone: How Chester Arthur Became Known as the Inventor of Earmuffs"; "Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton"; "Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum"; "City Hawk: The Story of Pale Male"; and "Seabiscuit the Wonder Horse". A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

Praise For Strong Man

Starred review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2007:
"[B]oth the humor of the illustrations and the accretion of cool Atlas facts ... keep things light without undercutting the author's genuine admiration for the man."

Starred review, Booklist, June 1 and 15, 2007:
"[A] cheerful introduction to a cultural legend whose messages about self-respect and healthy choices are just as timely today as they were 50 years ago."

Starred review, School Library Journal, July 2007:
"This colorful book captures both the essence and mystique of an American icon."