The Champ

The Champ


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An engaging look at life and legacy of Muhammad Ali for readers of all ages

Muhammad Ali was 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.

"Bolden's engaging text has a free-verse structure punctuated with enthusiastic exclamations that is enjoyable to read aloud....  The illustrations are striking."
School Library Journal (Starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440417828
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/11/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 478,073
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Tonya Bolden is the author-editor of many wonderful, critically acclaimed books for adults and children. She lives in New York City.

R. Gregory Christie is a two-time Coretta Scott King Honor Book winner for illustration, most recently for his work on Anne Rockwell’s Only Passing Through, a picture-book biography of Sojourner Truth. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Champ 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JackieSue More than 1 year ago
This book is great! It falls into the biography and memoire genre, but you would think it was a picture book when just looking at it. The title itself is a predictor to where the author is taking the book; she wants to show the important role Muhammad Ali in the world of boxing. Tonya Bolden does a wonderful job taking us throught the life of Muhammad Ali from the first day he went into the gym, to the day he lit the Olympic cauldron. The story expresses the high and low points in his career, but kept the theme of he is the greatest throughout. She also did a great job making this book accessible to those who wouldn't necessarily want to read about Ali. The fact that it is in picture book form is great because it not only attracts readers who are interested in the text, but also readers interested in the illustraitions. R. Gregory Christie is the illustrator, and his work is amazing. The pictures are very graphic and visually pleasing to the eye. The paint strokes bring a sense of realness to the characters portreyed. they tell a story without even reading the text on the page. I would reccomend this book for anyone ages 5 to 10, so about kindergarten to fifth grade. It is inspiring and heart felt, and I would definitely want my children to see what a good influence this book could bring to their lives.