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The Champ

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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 captivate ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Dragonfly Books (first published December 28th 2004)
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Chlöe
Oct 10, 2013 Chlöe rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent reference book for children. It tells the rise of Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)in an attention-grabbing narrative with eye-popping, animated illustrations. It is almost as if the illustrations and the print are moving on the page! You can almost hear the bell ringing for each round and the screams of the crowd shouting, "Ali! Ali! Ali!"

Bolden documents the early childhood of Ali, along with the story behind how Ali got into boxing. It recounts the highs and lows of Ali's
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Marisa Ewing
This is the story of Cassius Clay, who becomes known as the famous boxer, Muhammad Ali. When his bike was stolen, he decided he was gonna whup whoever stole it. He reported his stolen bike to the police and then Officer Joe decided to teach this small and skinny kid how to fight. Ali, began to box and learned that it was an intricate sport, his success grew from that moment on. He trained and trained until he became the heavy-weight champion on a worldwide level. Ali captured the hearts of every ...more
Neelam Khan
Apr 20, 2014 Neelam Khan rated it it was amazing
This is a book I came across during a History lesson at University. It documents the life of Cassius Clay, more commonly known as Muhammed Ali. This book is an excellent reference book for children which tells the reader about the rise and life of Muhammad Ali in the form of a story with eye-catching and stunning animated illustrations. The illustrations are a great element of this book and and will help pupils to remember most of the information. The narrative is written in a way which makes yo ...more
Elizabeth
I frequently found the illustration style off-putting because the characters looked unattractive -- which seemed particularly inappropriate given how pretty Ali thought himself to be.

I did like the story from his childhood about his love of dodging rocks :) And I hadn't previously known about the training camp he started.

I felt like this story was more direct and in-depth in its relaying of facts than Muhammad Ali: The People's Champion (from spending some time on his training to outlining hi
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Andre
The story of "the champ" was a very remarkable book. Muhammad Ali was born on January 7,1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. Ali was named after his dad Cassius Marcellus clay. When he reached age 12 , loved riding his red-and-white Schwinn. When he went home that day, some one stole his bike. So straight away he started training and boxing . In late 1954 he had his first boxing match, And he won . He felt get good winning. So he decided to keep on going with boxing for a while. When he reached 18, he ...more
Noah
Dec 06, 2015 Noah rated it it was amazing
This is a picture book biography about the life and career of Muhammad Ali. Formerly known as Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., this story uses poetic elements and unique illustrations to tell the story of his climb to the top of the boxing world. This book has themes of hard work, determination and success. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars for the various artistic elements within the book that make you feel like you're in the ring. I think that it is appropriate for grades 3-6.
Kara Smith
A kid friendly biography of Muhammad Ali told in poetic form. This would make a fantastic read aloud, and does not read like a timeline. I enjoyed the artwork, and would love to connect this to my classroom, especially since I teach in Muhammad Ali's hometown!
Abby Johnson
Jan 31, 2010 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it
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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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Kayla
I thought that this was a really good biography. The illustrations are great and look hand painted. I also thought that the author made it interesting to read. It is also inspirtational and children can always use a good inspirational book to read.
Brian Cave
This biography lets young readers look into the life of Muhammad Ali. Ali was one of the greatest boxers to ever grace the canvas of the ring, and this biography tells of the life of Ali.
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It was so much more lyrical when Tonya read it aloud.
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Author and publisher Tonya Wilyce Bolden was born on March 1, 1959, in New York City to Georgia Bolden, a homemaker, and Willie Bolden, a garment center shipping manager. Bolden grew up in Harlem in a musical family and loved to read; she attended Public M.E.S. 146, an elementary school in Manhattan, and then graduated from the Chapin School, a private secondary school, in Manhattan in 1976. Bolde ...more
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