Monday, October 18, 2010

Review: Pele King of Soccer

El rey del futbol; a bilingual picture book by Monica Brown, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez.  Translated by Fernando Gayesky. HarperColins, 2008. When Pele was a boy in Brazil he used to play soccer barefoot in the street with a grapefruit, bundle of rags, or whatever ball they could scrounge up. He had a team made up of his neighborhood friends that made a name for themselves. He grew up to play for Brazil and win the World Cup three times. He is the greatest soccer player ever and his name is known around the world by fans of all ages.

This inspiring biography is illustrated with dynamic, powerful images that seem to whiz across the open pages. Bright colors and swirls of movement accentuate the wonder of Pele's magic. For any kid playing soccer today this is a great story and a delightful treat for the eyes.

Interview with Monica Brown at la bloga,
 Curriculum guide and book trailers in Spanish & English at Brown's site.

The Monday Nonfiction round up is at Mother Reader's blog today. Enjoy!


Lilian said...

Hmmm, the book must be good (I'm glad to know that it exists), the only problem is that because it's in Spanish it will continue to emphasize the (wrong) idea that we speak Spanish in Brazil. Sigh. It's hard to be the speaker of/teach a true "minority language" and culture. Thanks for letting me know about this book, though!

Andromeda Jazmon said...

Lilian that is a really good comment. I am sorry I did not acknowledge or link Brazil and Portuguese as Pele's language in the review. They certainly should have included in in the book and made it trilingual!!