Press: Roaring Brook Press; First Edition edition (June 22, 2010)
Author Name:Smith, Charles R., Jr.; Evans, Shane W.;
A powerful telling of the first African-American heavyweight champion, this story portrays how a shy, fearful young man learned to fight back and become one of history's more compelling personalities.
Children will be awed and inspired by the boxer's energy and drive which is duly reflected through the combination of rhythmic text and bold artwork.
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-5 Art and text work powerfully together to tell the story of the first African-American heavyweight champion.
Smith begins by telling readers that Black Jack was his OWN man.
These bold words skillfully set the tone for the tale of how a shy, fearful young man learned to fight back and become one of history's more compelling personalities.
Books play a role in the young man's development biographies of Napoleon and Isaac Murphy (an African-American jockey) inspired Johnson to become a great man himself.
Smith's brisk, rhythmic text captures the boxer's energy and vigor.
For example, But what Jack wanted most/was to be a great man/so he challenged the times./But it was Jack who was challenged/when he faced the color line.
Evans's illustrations perfectly complement the text, using bold colors and strong brushstrokes to convey the athlete's larger-than-life personality.
An endnote entitled And Then What Happened? provides an overview of the rest of Johnson's life.
This book is sure to be championed by reluctant readers with energy and restlessness just like Johnson's, but it is a strong selection for library and classroom read-alouds as well.
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“Charles Smith's poetry surges along, with a forceful rhythm that joins ballad and rap, as he follows "a mighty, fightin' man," challenging the color line as well as individual opponents around the world.
Shane Evans' illustrations make Johnson's body a monument to intelligence and power.” ―Chicago Tribune“This book is sure to be championed by reluctant readers with energy and restlessness just like Johnson's, but it is a strong selection for library and classroom read-alouds as well.” ―Starred, School Library Journal“A rousing story, one that celebrates Johnson's dignity, pride, and determination.” ―Starred, Publishers Weekly“The poetry is interspersed with quotes of the time, and illustrator Evans uses oil paint and ink to depict the somber, determined fighter, with collage elements of newspaper articles, maps, and crowds in the backgrounds to set the story firmly in time and place.” ―Horn Book“The elegant simplicity and rat-a-tat rhythms land some stunners .
enhanced by Evans' lithe and swaggering artwork, which lends a tremendous visual charisma, grace, and grandeur.” ―Starred, Booklist“Through poetry, quotations and some prose, the life of one of boxing's most important stars is celebrated, from his youth as the victim of bullies to the 1908 championship bout against a white fighter that made him a legend.” ―Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
CHARLES SMITH JR.
is a celebrated author, poet, and photographer.
He has created more than twenty books, including Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, a 2008 Corretta Scott King Honor Book and a 2008 Norman Sugarman Best Biography Honor Book and Chameleon, his first novel for young adults.
He currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York with his wife Gillian and three kids, Sabine, Adrian and Sebastian.
SHANE EVANS has illustrated numerous books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Shanna's Ballerina Show.
He attributes much of his influence to his travels to Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and much of the United States.
He is a firm believer in education and creative development for all people.
Children's Books,Biographies,Sports & Recreation,Multicultural,Geography & Cultures,Multicultural Stories,African-American
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