Muhammad Ali Was a Chicken? (Wait! What?)

by Dan Gutman (Author) Allison Steinfeld (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade
Series: Wait! What?

Did you know that Muhammad Ali was so terrified of flying on planes he would bring a parachute? Or that he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Bet you didn't know that he had an official sweat-taster to determine how salty his sweat was after each match! Siblings Paige and Turner do--and they've collected some of the most unusual and surprising facts about the legendary boxer and civil rights activist, from his childhood and the spark of his boxing career through his time as heavyweight champion of the world.

Narrated by the two spirited siblings and animated by Allison Steinfeld's upbeat illustrations, Muhammad Ali Was a Chicken! is an authoritative, accessible, and one-of-a-kind biography infused with Dan Gutman's signature zany sense of humor.

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Combining Gutman’s ongoing interest in biography with his talent for humor, this engaging new series for young readers is a winner.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Norton Young Readers
Publication date
May 04, 2021
Wait! What?
BISAC categories
JNF018010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - African-American
JNF007020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
JNF028000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Humor | General
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
Library of Congress categories
United States
Boxers (Sports)
Ali, Muhammad

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