Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory): The Story of Muhammad Ali

Charles R. Smith Jr. Bryan Collier


Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory): The Story of Muhammad Ali

Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory): The Story of Muhammad Ali

  • Title: Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory): The Story of Muhammad Ali
  • Author: Charles R. Smith Jr. Bryan Collier
  • ISBN: 9780763650025
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Paperback



An in depth look at Ali s life through twelve rhyming poems Collier s bold pictures are among the best of his illustrious career BOOKLIST starred review A Coretta Scott King Honor BookA National Council for the Social Studies Notable Trade Book for Young PeopleFrom the moment a fired up teenager won 1960 Olympic gold to the day when a retired legend, hands shaki An in depth look at Ali s life through twelve rhyming poems Collier s bold pictures are among the best of his illustrious career BOOKLIST starred review A Coretta Scott King Honor BookA National Council for the Social Studies Notable Trade Book for Young PeopleFrom the moment a fired up teenager won 1960 Olympic gold to the day when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinson s, returned to raise the Olympic torch, the boxer known as The Greatest waged many a fight Some were in the ring, against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier others were against societal prejudice and a war he refused to support because of his Islamic faith The rap inspired verse weaves and bobs and jabs, while bold collage artwork matches every move capturing the Louisville loudmouth with the great gift of rhyme who shed the name Cassius Clay to take on the world as Muhammad Ali.


Recent Comments "Twelve Rounds to Glory (12 Rounds to Glory): The Story of Muhammad Ali"

I had a hard time choosing a rating. The book is cleverly organized into 12 chapters(rounds), complete with "ding-ding" to show the end of the round. The text is poetic, and the images are lovely. I had a hard time with some of the content, though. It seemed to me that the author tried too hard to paint Ali as a totally good guy and then had trouble explaining multiple marriages and children out of wedlock, firing friends, etc. I lived when many of the events described were happening, and I see [...]

Nonfiction written in lyrical poetry form. A fabulous example of how to present nonfiction in a unique format. Corretta Scott King Award.

Energetic poems and beautiful illustrations.

In this wonderful biography, Muhammad Ali life story is being told as a twelve right fight. It also reads like a large poem. It cronicles the life of a fired-up teenager from Kentucky who won 1960 Olympic gold to the day in 1996 when a retired legend, hands shaking from Parkinson’s, returned to raise the Olympic torch. It depicts Ali in the ring, against opponents like Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier as well as his experiences against societal prejudice and against a war he refused to support bec [...]

Twelve Rounds to Glory is the biography of Muhammad Ali's life told by Charles R. Smith. There are a few unique qualities in this biography which are truly captivating. First, Charles Smith managed to organize Muhammad Ali's entire life into 12 rounds. From beginning to end any person seemingly familiar with boxing is provided with an excellent schema which enables the reader to follow Ali's life in an organized way. Charles Smith also captured a number of exciting moments in the ring, even goin [...]

This book is a beautiful poetic expression of the life of Muhammad Ali, his life as a legend, an eloquent speaker and his heart of gold. Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali is a poetic expression of Ali's life. From his birth in Louisville, Kentucky to his current life and struggles with Parkinson's Disease, follow along with each round of the book as Ali battles through his boxing career. In reviewing this book I learned about many highlights in Ali's life I was not aware of. Like [...]

The author explains to the reader how you should never stop to do what you love and follow your dreams. The setting takes place in many different places all over the world, but he was born in Kentucky where he did not have a lot of money and had to work very hard. He boxed in the middle/late 1900's against some of the best boxers in the world. The protagonist of the novel is Muhammed Ali who is a professional boxer and is one of the best in the world. The story is told in third person omniscient [...]

An exceptional picturebook biography with layout and verse and art style that portray the essence of Muhmmad Ali. The book is organized in 12 rounds based on significant events or stages of his life. The the light filled almost glowing collage illustrations seem to jump from the dark background pages. The book portray the ups and downs of his professional career and personal life without glossy over his failings. Quotes and phrases in bold large black print at odd angles and placement on the pag [...]

There are some books I pick up because I'm a children's librarian but end up reading for myself. DREAMHUNTER was one of those books. TWELVE ROUNDS TO GLORY was not. There was never a moment in which I didn't know that my profession was the only reason I was reading an illustrated biography about Muhammad Ali, written in verse. While reading the book I assumed that it won the King honor for the illustrations, which are excellent. But no, I went back and checked and it won for the writing. Huh. I [...]

Audience: K-8, or anyone interested in boxing or reading about one of the most entertaining and powerful pop culture icons of all time. Appeal: This book is almost entirely written in rhyming verse, providing a great example of how stories can be told through poetry. The sections where announcers call particularly important fights of Ali's career are incredible, building excitement until you're smiling just reading them. It would be very easy to get a reader's theater going with this kind of boo [...]

I've decided to read 29 children's book during Black History month 2016. This was book #28. 12 Rounds of Glory: The Story of MUHAMMAD ALI by Charles R. Smith, Jr. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. I've loved Ali since I was a child and my dad would talk about him and how amazing he was. This book details Ali's life in 12 rounds. Cassius Clay to Mighty Mouth to Ali to Champ of the World to Retired Peace Maker. Smith uses some of Ali's rhymes while creating unique prose to chronicle this story. The ar [...]

I'm not particularly interested in Muhammad Ali, but Charles R. Smith Jr.'s poetry is so catchy and readable that I enjoyed the book all the same. I met Smith recently at a dinner, and heard him recite/perform some of his poetry, which is heavily influenced by rap. Oddly, while I don't care for rap, I really like his poetry. I also like the way he divided the book into 12 chapters he called "rounds" to tell the story of Ali's life. This book certainly deserved the Coretta Scott King honor book a [...]

Excellent book composed of twelve poems that are used to tell the life of Muhammad Ali, a great American boxer. The poems begin with his birth and continue on to his adolescence, where Muhammad's rambunctious personality arises and he begins to take interest in boxing. Growing up he continues to box and quickly becomes an excellent boxer because of his incredible skill. Years later, Muhammad is faced with Parkinson's syndrome and is forced to end his boxing career. He still is alive and continue [...]

Beautifully written and skillfully illustrated, this biography of Muhammad Ali was enlightening and inspirational. I was not a big fan of the illustrations, specifically the "fight" scenes where a starburst-like image appears where a hit would be, but the verse is direct, especially for boys, but still gives a wealth of knowledge. Even with an overview of his life, I want to know more, especially his smart talk with opponents and attitude toward life and his religion. A great story for anyone.

I thought this book was very creative and pretty fun to read. I liked the way the author put it in ryhme. It was almost as if he were just talking to Muhammad Ali first hand,and telling Muhammad his life story. This was because the author used the word you, meaning Muhammad Ali. It was interesting reading some more of his quotes. My favorite was "you think the world was shocked when Nickson resigned,just wait till I whup Formans behind!" The pictures were very neat too.

A very innovative book with verse that mirrors Ali's assertive jabbing and bobbing. Collier's illustrations are vibrant and powerful, especially his Ali with lifted hands, at their best with an impressionistic approach - his close-up human figures were less satisfying - or his masterful use of collage. The book is too demanding in its length and its hagiographic approach to Ali - while not hiding his weaknesses, they are couched in his greatness. The display text is a great match for this book.

In the novel" 12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali" by Charles R. Smith Jr twists a biography with history and religion. It reviews Muhammad's struggle to greatness. All the obstacles he had to face that could of caused his career to vanish. It shows that the words Muhammad Ali choose to antagonize his opponents, was actually poetic. This novel captures his life inside the ring. Also, what he had to deal with outside the ring as well.

Really liked the concept of telling the story of Muhammed Ali in 12 poems. The language was beautifully written. But the overall was like listening to Muhammed Ali bragging constantly. I could hear the rap. Cleverly written. For me, however no person is perfect and this, even with the last poem about Parkinson's disease and Ali being only human still felt like a glorification of the man.

This biography-in-verse of Muhammad Ali is split into "rounds" instead of chapters. Each round begins with a quote from Ali or someone in his life. The quote is followed by Smith's rap-like poetry. The poetry makes this an entertaining read, but perhaps not the best choice for students doing research (although there is a timeline included in the back of the book).

I loved this book. As a child growing up during Ali's rise, I watched this happen, but didn't really "pay attention". It was amazing to learn about Ali as a person and not just the personality that he was in the boxing ring.

A wonderful picture book for nine year olds and up. It tells about the life of Muhammad Ali in verse and poetry-slam style. I am fascinated by the life of Ali and loved this book by Charles Smith Jr. with amazing illustrations by Bryan Collier.

I loved this book. As a child growing up during Ali's rise, I watched this happen, but didn't really "pay attention". It was amazing to learn about Ali as a person and not just the personality that he was in the boxing ring.

A powerful book about a controversial figure. I think Smith did a great job telling a full story. While clearly he is a great admirer of Ali he didn't shy away from including a few of Ali's less admirable moments. My only criticism is I think it goes on a little too long.

A book written in poetry style. I liked the idea of it, but either I was distracted or I just was not that in to it

Ages 10 and up

This is about Muhammad Ali and his journey through his boxing career. How he got to the top, and how he eventually came to the end of his career due to Parkinson's.

Biography in verse with powerful images, quotes and timeline of Ali's life. For fans of The Crossover.

4.5 stars

Norman A. Sugarman Children’s Biography Honor Awards selected for 2008.

My first time read a book of English poem. It was nice. The atory is about Muhammad Ali's battle & struggle to be a world champ.


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