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Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In the history of legendary boxers, there was Joe Louis and Sonny Liston . . . and then, “the heavens opened up, and there appeared a great man descending on a cloud, jump-roping into the Kingdom of Boxing. And he was called Cassius Clay.” Clay let everyone know that he was the greatest boxer in the world. He converted to the Nation of Islam, refused to be drafted into a w ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Schwartz & Wade (first published 2006)
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I don't give a whit about boxing...but I loved this book.
This book would be a great picture biography to get elementary aged boys interested in reading. I think it is a great book because it is simple, but it is somewhat rhythmic. The book begins by discussing some famous boxers before Ali. Then, it tells the story of Muhammad Ali and does a great job of highlighting the high points of his career. It is also motivational because it shows children that Ali succeeded even though no one believed in him. I also love that it shows how his style was differ ...more
Erica Johnson
Muhammad Ali: Champion of the World is a biography picture book about the worlds greatest boxer. The story starts with a small introduction of other great boxers such as Sonny Liston and Joe Louis then there was Cassius Clay also known as the the great Muhammad Ali. The biography highlights important moments in his career such as converting to the Nation of Islam, changing his name and his refusal to fight during the Vietnam War. After being stripped of his boxing title the story ends with Muham ...more
Kindergarten-3rd grade (Read aloud)
Roca’s palette of rich browns, blacks and whites produce beautiful images on canvas. His oil paintings tell the story in visual imagery what Winter tells in text. Winter uses simple, yet significant historical references to take the young listener through the story of Ali’s rise to fame in the boxing world. Variations in text size and style catch the eye and encourage the listener/reader to stay with the story until the end. This biography may be somewhat contr
i think this is a good book for children because it teaches them to be confident in themselves and to never give up on themselves.Muhammad Ali book is inspirarional because he spoke out against racism and recited poems about being proud and strong.
Nice illustrations, and I loved that the author explains in the note about the text that (paraphrasing just a bit) this is a picture book for very young readers and is not comprehensive of Ali's career - rather it focuses on his most inspirational fights - the first match, with Sonny Liston in 1964 and the 'Rumble in the Jungle' against George Foreman in 1974. I like that though presented for young readers, the book does not shy away from the astonishing brashness Ali brought to boxing and to li ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
What I really appreciate is the energy carried throughout the text -- short, punchy lines, not shying away from references or allusions to religion, or tough words and sentiments. Although this is not an up-to-date biography of a living legend, it serves as a very good introduction to young people. The choices and designs of the fonts add to the power of the text. The illustrations serve as explanation to the text -- they do not quite expand or deepen the meanings expressed in the text but defin ...more
Ali is one of my all time favorite super heroes. My dad is a big sports fan, and I think I first heard about Ali from his stories. I like the brief background knowledge at the beginning of the book, it sets up the story very well. The text touches on key point of the legend. The artwork is quite good, it has the journalistic feel of photographs. I like certain scenes within the larger paintings, but there is something about the illustrations of Ali that doesn't quite grab me.
The oil paint illustrations are beautiful. But I have some reservations about the description of Islam as the religion practiced by the African people who were brought over as slaves. I am not an expert on this by all means, but I didn't think that was factual. I'll have to do some research. So as much as I wanted to love it based on the art, I don't want to rate it until I've re-read it and looked at the whole thing more closely.
Ryan Dreier
Does a great job capturing Ali's character and essence. I just think that the book over glorified Ali in calling him a prophet. The Illustrations were really good, again just seemed really biased, but then again we now live in an age where we don't want our sports heros to speak their opinions, so I think things have changed in how athletes interact with the public but then not in some cases with twitter, so...
April Castle
The book shows how Muhammad Ali struggles with society. He conquers by staying strong and speaking out against racism. He stands firm in what he believes and fights his way to victory.

Boxing, African American, Racism, conflict with society, being strong and standing up for your rights
Enjoyed the illustrations, loved the design and typography. Appreciate that it focussed on small aspects of Ali's life/career. Would really have loved a "See Further" list or chronology to give context for whole life and make a meaningful reference book for kids.
Lars Guthrie
Sparse text that nevertheless captures the essence of the man and his story. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures by Francois Roca.
We already had about 500 books on Muhammad Ali, but I loved the lyrical language in this one so much I bought it.
Sam Bloom
Excellent illustrations combine with Winter's nice retelling of Ali's life.
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