"Dad, Me, and Muhammad Ali scored a KNOCKOUT! Good, wholesome, easy read!"
-Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali's legendary trainer
"Great story; very engaging and one that families will certainly enjoy!"
-Roland C. Warren, President, National Fatherhood Initiative
Nine-year-old Jo-Jo's father loves everything about Muhammad Ali. His sports room, filled to the brim with Ali memorabilia, is his pride and joy. But when an impromptu game of catch with his sister causes Jo-Jo to accidentally damage his dad's favorite Muhammad Ali autographed picture, he knows he must do something to make everything right. But what?
Jo-Jo suddenly begins believing in miracles again when he manages to score tickets to an Ali event in Harlem. As Jo-Jo and his dad board a train bound for New York City, his father shares entertaining stories about Muhammad Ali. Now more than ever, Jo-Jo cannot wait to meet the greatest boxer of all time-the Champ. As Jo-Jo and his father join the more than two hundred fans that line up outside the bookstore, Jo-Jo has no idea he is about to receive the surprise of a lifetime.
Dad, Me, and Muhammad Ali is the heartwarming story of a loyal son, his loving father, and a magical afternoon that changes both of their lives forever.
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Stars: 4.0 It is not often that I can say that I am truly honoured to write a review for an author whose acquaintance I made on the Internet, but in this case, I most certainly am. This weekend, I read an absolutely wonderful, positive story about the relationship between a father and his son, to my 7-year-old niece and nephew (who came to my home for a sleepover) and we all loved it! Although I must report that Ethan was disappointed that the Blue Jays didn't win the baseball game against the Yankees in the beginning of the book - we are after all, Ontarians! Felix Manuel Rodriguez of Waterbury, Connecticut wears many hats. He is a writer, state child welfare employee, vice president of a local non-profit human service organization, and professional boxing inspector. He is also an assistant youth coach, police commissioner, but most importantly, he is a proud father of two children, Felix Joeza (a.k.a. Jo-Jo) and Jalissa, who are featured in Dad, Me, and Muhammad Ali, and who are very fortunate to have such a loving and interactive father; one who is described in detail in the book. In Felix's words: ".the story is based on true events involving my son and me in Harlem, NY. Read my bio on my website www.dadmeandali.com. I wrote this book because I value fatherhood. I grew up a fatherless child along with my six siblings living in the public housing projects. I am the youngest of the boys and it was tough growing up without a dad. So I made a promise to my kids that I will always try to be there for them. That is a big reason why I wrote this book. I wanted to share a father and son story sprinkled with Latino culture flavorings." Honest and sentimental without being syrupy in any way, Dad, Me, and Muhammad Ali tells the story of young Jo-Jo, who learns a valuable lesson the hard way when while playing ball with his sister Jalissa in their father's sports room, the unthinkable happens! They accidentally hit one of their father's prized collectables that's hanging on the wall: an autographed photo of Felix's hero, Muhammad Ali; which falls to the floor, crashing the glass frame, and damaging the photo. Realizing what he's done, Jo-Jo is sick with worry and expecting the worst when his father gets home. Felix, who does everything he can to promote respect and sportsmanship, realized that the event was an accident, but also that the children should have listened to what they had been told. He exhibits understanding under the circumstances but Jo-Jo feels so guilty about ruining his father's cherished photograph that he decides, with the help of his mother, to come up with a way to make it up to him even if it means spending his very last dime and then some. Father and son end up having an adventurous journey to Harlem, New York where Felix finally gets to meet his hero. This heartwarming story is about the importance of being a good father and a hero and describes exactly what being a hero means. I was able to explain that concept to my niece and nephew who didn't understand it when I began reading the story and asked, "What's a hero?" THE REMAINDER OF THIS REVIEW CAN BE FOUND AT: http://scullylovepromo.wordpress.com/2009/12/20/dad-me-and-muhammad-ali-a-father-and-son-story/
He came to my chool today cor a assembly ad talked somuchabout how he loved his kids, this is a must read book
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