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Niño Wrestles the World

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Boy plays Mexican wrestler in exuberant bilingual tale.

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This action-packed story about lucha libre celebrates the colorful and theatrical Mexican sport in a fun, imaginative, kid-friendly way, while incorporating Spanish language. Authorillustrator Yuyi Morales has an exuberant style that communicates warmth and humor. When Niño strips down to his tighty whities to play luchador (wrestler), his underpants are humorously baggy, and his wrestling moves incorporate common toys like marbles, scooters, and puzzle pieces.

Niño Wrestles the World is narrated as if an announcer's broadcasting the wrestling matches. Morales works in lots of Spanish so the book's a natural for both Spanish-speaking families and learners. The names of Niño's opponents are all translated, and when Niño looks at the clock and realizes his sisters are about to get up from a nap, he cries "¡Recórcholis!" instead of "Yikes!" The mask, villain opponents, and many action words (ZOK! SLISH!) give the book the fun feel of a superhero romp. But Niño's also loving and kind to his baby sisters. A short note at the end provides information about lucha libre.

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