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

Jr. Charles R. Smith (Author) Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
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Product Details

Candlewick Press (MA)
Publish Date
November 13, 2007
11.25 X 10.05 X 0.53 inches | 1.77 pounds

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About the Author

Charles R. Smith Jr. is the author of Hoop Queens and its companion, Hoop Kings. He also wrote and illustrated the American Library Association Notable Book Rimshots: Basketball Pix, Rolls, and Rhythms, among other titles. Charles R. Smith Jr. lives in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Bryan Collier
is the illustrator of several award-winning books, including Uptown, A Freedom River, Martin's Big Words, and Visiting Langston, all winners of the Coretta Scott King Award (USA). He lives in New York, USA.


The text...illuminates the dazzle and daring of Ali, and ultimately the spiritual calm.
--New York Times Book Review

Collier's bold pictures...are among the best of his illustrious career, capturing both nuance and excitement.
--Booklist (starred review)

Smith's honest portrayal of Ali's strengths and flaws results in an impressive testimony to a man who never backed down from his beliefs. A first purchase for any collection looking for strong, well-rounded biographies.
--School Library Journal

[A] unique work of art...Every page has wonderfully bold-colored, collage-style artwork enhancing the text.

This unique and thorough tribute to a complex American hero should readily enthrall those seeking a less conventional biography.
--Publishers Weekly

Attractive, impressive and dramatic.
--Kirkus Reviews

Twelve Rounds to Glory definitely showcases the myth over the man; but it also provides insight into the nuances of Ali's personality and the racism he fought with words and fists.
--Horn Book

Celebrates a legendary hero...Brian Collier's art matches Ali's every move.
--Sunday Republican

A new picture book with almost as much attitude as its subject...a dense, poetic biography.
--Columbus Dispatch

With striking, innovative artwork, this picture book employs rhyme, just as Muhammad Ali often did, to tell the story.
--Journal Inquirer

A challenging book that demands to be read aloud and will be a knockout for sharing.
--Parent Wise Austin

--McClatchy News Services

Inspired...Collier's watercolor and collage illustrations are simply spectacular.
--Buffalo News

This vibrant, pulsing biography begs to be read aloud.
--The Times-Picayune

Collier's explosive artwork is coupled with 12 rhyming poems that capture the larger-than-life personality of Muhammad Ali and echo those peculiar, taunting rhymes so powerfully ingrained in our boxing, and cultural, lore.
--Booklist, top 10 sports books for youth feature