Black Jack

The Ballad of Jack Johnson

By Jr., Charles R. Smith

Publishers Summary:
Born as Arthur John Johnson in the southern state of Texas, Jack Johnson was one of the most renowned boxers of the twentieth century. Through hard work and persistence, he climbed the ranks, taking a swing and a jab and eventually busting the color barrier. As the first black man to win the Heavyweight Championship, there was more than a title on the line. Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this history-making bout (July 4, 1910). This is an extraordinary marriage of poetry, fabulous collage artwork, and a splendid achievement in its own right.

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ISBN
978-1-59643-473-8
Publisher
Porter Roaring Brook


REVIEWS

School Library Journal

Starred Review on July 1, 2010

Gr 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; biog...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2010

The author of the award-winning picture-book biography Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali (rev. 1/08) here takes on another heavyweight champion—Jack Johnson. Smith tells the story in ballad form, which suits the larger-than-life feel of this dramatic story of the son of freed slaves: "Now, Jack was a mighty man, / and Jack was a fightin' man, / and Jack was a MIGHTY, FIGHTIN' man. / But what Jack wanted most / w...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2010

Smith tells the heavyweight champ's story in ballad form, which suits the larger-than-life feel of this dramatic tale. Johnson's ques...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2010

A bold, illuminating portrait of a lesser known sports figure who made a tremendous impact, breaking through the “color line” in 1910, becoming the world’s first African American heavyweight champion. Charles R. Smith Jr.’s v...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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