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The Champ the Story of Muhammad Ali

by Tonya Bolden

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“The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali” by Tonya Bolden is an awesome book. I like this book for three reasons. First, I like the writing. The writing in the book was very engaging and flowed well. In the book, the writing is set up in a way that unfolds the process of Muhammad Ali becoming “the champ” in a concise but paced way. For example, the first page’s written text ends with a simple phrase “But Muhammad Ali was not always his name”. The next page explains the name he was born with followed by his childhood upbringing and by the middle of the book the reader gets a glimpse of his rise to him being a champ and to his transition in religion, explaining the hook of the book—“Muhammad Ali was not always his name”. The author carefully takes the reader through an informative biography of Muhammad Ali. Second, I like the vividly detailed illustrations. The illustrator’s creativity enhanced the story and fit with the written text. Every single page in the book was covered with an illustration to portray what was written by the author. For example, for the written text, “When he walked into a Louisville luncheonette one day, he was told to get out. The man did not care that he was an Olympic champion. The man only cared that he was black.” With this, the illustrator used the whole page to display a dark-hued street with different people from a variety of races looking at him side-eyed walking down the street while Muhammad kept his head up. The details of the illustrations to fit the writing is impeccable. Last, I like the fact that the book pushes readers to broaden their perspective of individuals who made history but may not get the credit for doing so. Muhammad Ali was not just a professional boxer, he demanded respect and promoted change. The author makes that very clear. It is evident that the big idea of the book is to understand that behind every star or celebrity there is a story! ( )
  JordynFlorance | Oct 23, 2017 |
RGG: Powerful graphics combine with a free verse biography. The use of poetic devices makes this less straight forward than Walter Dean Myers picture book version.
  rgruberexcel | Oct 19, 2014 |
I love the writing in this poetically descriptive picture book biography of Muhammad Ali, but I don't care much for the illustrations.

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  abbylibrarian | Jan 31, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440417821, Paperback)

Muhammad Ali is one of the world’s best-known figures, and this incredible biography delves into precisely why. From his unlikely beginnings as a skinny, young Cassius Clay learning to box at a local gym to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world at the famous “Rumble in the Jungle,” where even the skies let loose with rain right after his victory, Ali has captivated the world. Tonya Bolden’s careful research and elegant telling, paired with R. Gregory Christie’s incredible paintings, make this a book that will inform and inspire readers of all ages.

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Muhammad Ali is one of the world's best-known figures, and this incredible biography delves into precisely why. From his unlikely beginnings as a skinny, young Cassius Clay learning to box at a local gym to becoming the heavyweight champion of the world at the famous "Rumble in the Jungle," where even the skies let loose with rain right after his victory, Ali has captivated the world. Tonya Bolden's careful research and elegant telling, paired with R. Gregory Christie's incredible paintings, make this a book that will inform and inspire readers of all ages.… (more)

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