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Me and Muhammad Ali by Jabari Asim
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Me and Muhammad Ali by Jabari Asim
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Oct 18, 2022 | ISBN 9781524739881

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“From the Wall of Respect to the joyful schoolyard to the barbershop full of people, this is a delightful depiction of a close-knit African American community finding inspiration in one of its greatest legends. The poetic text is an enjoyable read-aloud, and Ford generates excitement on each page with a combination of movement-based portraits, community scenes, and expressive faces. This bundle of Black joy belongs on every bookshelf.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Asim’s vivid prose captures the spirit and enthusiasm associated with the charismatic Ali, and local setting details, including the Wall of Respect mural and the local barbershop, are evocatively described. The text also incorporates several original rhymes composed in Ali’s style. Ford’s vibrant illustrations, rendered in acrylic and colored pencil, feature rich hues filled with many setting details. Several spreads also highlight Ali’s athleticism and agility, expressed in multicolored zigzags, starbursts, and exclamations. An author’s note explains the many reasons Ali was revered and describes the 1975 incident that inspired this story.” —Booklist

“Based on a real experience, this is a lovely little ode to meeting your heroes . . . the celebratory tone is infectious. References to other Black athletes and historical figures, as well as the Wall of Respect mural in Chicago bring context. . . . Ford’s illustrations, rendered in acrylics and colored pencils, shine with depth and texture . . . joyous expressions and saturated backgrounds maintain visual appeal. Fans of boxing and/or the ‘The Greatest’ are the obvious audience here, but this is also a cheerful slice-of-life look at a Black community in 1970s Chicago.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“The illustrations in colored pencil and acrylic vibrate with energy. The people and neighborhood are shown in detail and convey everyone’s personality. An author’s note explains why Ali appealed to Asim, and that Langston’s experience was based on how his own mother met the champ. . . . A delightful story about meeting one’s hero and feeling empowered by it, this heartwarming book is a strong first purchase and is bound to be a story hour hit.” School Library Journal

“Uplifting picture book. . . . With vibrant colors, Ford’s acrylic paintings evoke the pride Langston and his community take in Ali.” —Publishers Weekly

“The lively third-person narrative and the bright acrylic and colored-pencil illustrations are a one-two punch that will hook readers. An author’s note adds more information about Ali’s influence and explains the story’s roots in an actual event.” —Horn Book

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