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Becoming Muhammad Ali (Becoming Ali, 1) Hardcover – Illustrated, 5 October 2020

4.8 out of 5 stars 796 ratings

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Praise for Becoming Muhammad Ali:

*A stellar collaboration that introduces an important and intriguing individual to today's readers.―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"The prose and poems reflect Clay's both public bravado and private humbleness as well as his appreciation and respect for family and friends. A knockout!"―Booklist, starred review

*"This utterly delightful story about Ali's childhood is a smash hit. Get this uplifting, informative book onto library shelves and into kid's hands."―School Library Journal, starred review

*"Cassius's narrative illustrates his charisma, drive, and work to know who you are."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Patterson and Alexander, two heavyweights in the world of books, unite to tell the story of how Cassius Clay grew up to be Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest boxers of all time."―The Horn Book Review, starred review

About the Author

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 28 books, including the Newbery medal winning novel, The Crossover. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, The NCTE/Charlotte Huck Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award.

James Patterson is the world's bestselling author. The creator of Max Einstein and Middle School, he founded JIMMY Patterson to publish books that young readers will love. He lives in Florida with his family.

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ jimmy patterson; Illustrated edition (5 October 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316498165
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316498166
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 381 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.1 x 3.3 x 19.94 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 796 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 8 November 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book in verse about Muhammed Ali. Go for it!
By Reading_Tam_Ishly on 8 November 2020
Do you know who was Cassius Clay?

But we sure do know the great boxing champion the world has ever seen: the one and only boxing legend who lived, Muhammad Ali!

The book is a biographical book in verse written amazingly with hard-hitting words which presented exactly what the characters would have felt during the times of struggle, all the pain and efforts, the wins and the joy of overcoming all the ruthless discrimination and racism Cassius Clay had to face ever since he was a kid.

I love how the writing and the illustrations depict well the grit and the genuine expressions he had.

I like the mention of the opponents of each fight with specific date records. The book told exactly how determined and different Cassius was from the very beginning. Nothing, I say, nothing distracted him; nothing would change his mind even when he tasted defeats. Instead he got more determined each time. He wanted to do something big and make a difference. Indeed, he did!

Some chapters in between aren't in verse, like the last chapter which talked about the final days of Muhammad Ali. I did end up crying. I came to realise he was a stronger personality much more than I thought he was! He didn't buckle under rules and regulations, he fought against them. He didn't do what others thought was necessary, he did things what he thought was necessary.

You will love this book and actually see how a person can make their life as they want when they are really determined. Kudos to the team for such a good book!
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