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Muhammad Ali: The People's Champion

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  32 ratings  ·  7 reviews
"I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me."

He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., in Louisville, Kentucky. His very first boxing coach, former police officer Joe Martin, told him, "You better learn how to fight before you start challenging pe
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by HarperCollins
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Muhammad Ali's story is more than just about boxing. It is about civil rights, religion, the Vietnam War, and Parkinson's disease.

Muhammad Ali was a nontraditional boxer and a person that beat his own drum. Walter Dean Myers makes sure to include many different quotes throughout to show the reader not only his personality but how others perceived him.

I loved the illustrations in this book. They were true pieces of artwork. Very colo
"The man who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life".

—Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali: The People's Champion is by necessity a very brief biography of the celebrated heavyweight boxing champion, but author Walter Dean Myers has still done an admirable job of hitting all of the major points in Ali's very public life. It's unavoidable that a lot of detail is going to be left out of the final product when the goal is to write a biography as a picture book, but this partic
Jessica Jones
Word Count: 1,732
Reading Level: 4.7
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.7 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 135203 (02/01/10) / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.7 / points:2.0
Lexile: AD770L

This biographical fiction on Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr tells the story of the major events inhis life fro his first boxing coach to his heavy weight title winning fight against Sonny Liston. We get the learn intimate details of Ali's life like his childhood nickname "GG." The st
Daniel Tackett
Walter Dean Meyers presents a concise biography of the life of one of the greatest boxers in history, Muhammad Ali. Ali, born Cassius Clay, first learns to fight in Louisville, KY. He eventually goes on to win an Olympic gold medal and becomes the heavyweight champion of the world. Shortly afterwards, he converts to Islam and opposes the Vietnam War on religious grounds. He then becomes an advocate for African American rights. Along with Meyers’ story, Delinois paints bold depictions of Ali’s li ...more
A brief picture book biography of Muhammad Ali. I thought it did a great job of explaining Ali's life in terms accessible to kids and the illustrations are beautiful.
Sam Bloom
Myers does a good job here for the most part, but the illustrations by Alix Delinois, while boldly colorful and quite beautiful, don't always match up too well with the text. At times this is okay, but at other times, like on the page with pictures of Civil Rights marchers holding picket signs and police with attack dogs, it's a problem... the text on that page includes one small sentence about Ali not being to go into certain buildings because of his race, but the other six sentences are comple ...more
Brenda Kahn
Somehow missed this picture book treatment of Ali by Myers. Plan on rereading his YA biography, The Greatest very soon. Loved how he distilled the salient events of a colorful career into picture book format. The illustrations are fluid, frenetic and colorful, much like the boxer himself.
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Walter Dean Myers was born on August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg, West Virginia but moved to Harlem with his foster parents at age three. He was brought up and went to public school there. He attended Stuyvesant High School until the age of seventeen when he joined the army.

After serving four years in the army, he worked at various jobs and earned a BA from Empi
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