Former basketball player Dennis Rodman sits at a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Rodman will be inducted into the Hall on Friday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Updated: February 1, 2013 4:20PM
The idea of former Bulls’ rebounding star and wild man Dennis Rodman becoming a children’s book author seems impossible to believe, but once again — truth is stranger than fiction.
The dyed-red headed athlete who sported tattoos before they were popular is coming to Naperville this weekend to read and sign copies of “Dennis the Wild Bull” — a book reported to offer “good lessons for children based on Dennis’ own experiences as a world-class athlete.”
Owner Becky Anderson says that Rodman is one of the more unusual authors to pen a children’s book among the vast canon of writers featured annually at her store, but that his legendary status will draw fans.
“Dennis was always seen as one of the ‘bad boys’ with the Bulls, and I think fans of the team are rabid and will want to see him,” Anderson predicted. A lot of kids might not have even been born and seen him play, but their parents know who he is. The idea of Dennis Rodman and ‘children’s author’ seems like an oxymoron, but I think his message is that kids should be themselves and not worry what other people think.”
The event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. To get a number for the signing line, visit www.andersonsbookshop.com to buy the book or call 630-355-2665 to learn moe.