The Resource Niño wrestles the world, Yuyi Morales

Niño wrestles the world, Yuyi Morales

Label
Niño wrestles the world
Title
Niño wrestles the world
Statement of responsibility
Yuyi Morales
Title variation
Yuyi Morales presents Niño wrestles the world
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills
Member of
Storyline
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2014
  • CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy, 2014.
  • Pura Belpre Award for Illustration, 2014.
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 1 Senoritas y señors! In this corner of the playroom, we have an energetic little boy whose traditional, outlandish Mexican luchadore wrestling costume consists of a pair of underwear and a bright red lucha libre mask. And in the opposite corner, an assortment of “out-of-this-world contenders” ready to take our brave Niño down. Introduced via fact boxes on the endpapers, the villains are an intimidating bunch, but Niño prevails over each thanks to one of his signature moves: the Guanajuato Mummy (the Tickle Tackle!), Olmec Head (the Puzzle Muzzle!), the Weeping Woman (the Doll Decoy!), and so forth. Each single-spread bout is announced by a title card in Spanish and features a plethora of nonsensical action words to go along with Niño’s attacks: zok, slish, bloop, spak, and so on. Morales’ illustrations have just enough competing font styles and explosive-looking backgrounds to conjure the feel of an authentic lucha libre poster, and kids with multicultural classmates will recognize (or learn) Niño’s many Spanish exclamations. A closing note explains the lucha libre culture. Zzzwap! -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 07-01-2013) (Booklist, vol 109, number 21, p80)
  • K-Gr 2 — Playing alone in his room, Niño dons his Lucha Libre mask and lets his imagination take flight. (According to an endnote, Lucha Libre is a dramatic form of professional wrestling followed by fans in Mexico.) The young hero is then ready to take on an eclectic cast of monstrous opponents. Spurred on by chanting crowds, the boy handily defeats the Guanajuato Mummy (La Momia de Guanajuato ), Olmec Head (Cabeza Olmeca ), and the Weeping Woman (La Llorona ), using a variety of clever strategies. Next up is El Extraterrestre and then El Chamuco . Niño remains undefeated until the dreadful hour arrives. Nap time is over and his baby sisters are ready to wrestle. Las Hermanitas will stop at nothing, and Niño soon realizes that it is better to join forces with them. Together, the siblings form a tag team, challenging all contenders. The fast-paced narrative is sprinkled with Spanish vocabulary and accompanied by energetic and vivid illustrations adorned with stars and rays of light that bring to mind stylishly designed event posters. In comic-book fashion, the bold portrayal of each match includes dialogue bubbles and sound effects printed in decorative fonts ("whunk," "bloop," "krunch"). The endpapers feature amusing profiles of the competitors. Captivated youngsters will cheer for Niño as he takes on each opponent in this action-packed story.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA --Linda L. Walkins (Reviewed June 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 6, p93)
  • /* Starred Review */ Morales (Georgia in Hawaii) takes her theme from Mexican professional wrestling, and the resulting story is every bit as fun and campy as the theatrical fighting it’s based on. The stars of “lucha libre,” an afterword explains, wear masks that add to their mystery. Niño—“The Boy”—is ready for action in his red mask, sneakers, and underpants. The story rockets from cero to sesenta as Niño imagines taking on the scary demons and bad guys of Mexican lore and knocking them off, one after another, with his own trademark wrestling moves. He undoes the groaning Guanajuato Mummy with a Tickle Tackle, deceives the child-stealing Weeping Woman with decoy baby dolls, and is taken aback only by Las Hermanitas—his little sisters, who have just woken up from their nap. Truly eerie opponents, Spanish exclamations (“Zok!” “Pachatas!”), a bold design, and a lurid palette all contribute to the in-your-face style. Capsule profiles of the combatants on the endpages (Las Hermanitas’ battle cry is “Constant and loud”) only add to the entertainment. Vivan las luchas! Ages 4–8. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 15, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 15, p)
  • Little luchador Niño battles out-of-this-world opponents one by one until he finally meets his match. Niño has a big imagination and a love of lucha libre, the popular Mexican masked wrestling. While his sisters nap, he becomes an impressive luchador, facing competitors often drawn from Mexican history and folklore. The text, unfolding as if by a commentator calling the action, begs to be read aloud. Challengers are vanquished not by violence but by gentle horseplay and clever wit--until Niño meets Las Hermanitas, awake from their naps, and must quickly devise a new strategy to take on such crafty adversaries. A multiple Pura Belpré medal winner, Morales' (Just in Case, 2008, etc.) style of illustration continues to evolve with this title. She uses a graphic approach reminiscent of a comic book, with speech bubbles and sound effects, a smart choice for moving along the action of the plot. This design will appeal to children who may struggle to find picture books that match their interests and energy level, especially boys. Trading-card–style introductions to each opponent on the endpapers include pronunciation guidance for Spanish names. Occasional challenges with text placement and page flow keep this title from being flawless, but young readers will be so engrossed with this humorous story that these issues are easy to overlook. Sure to be a smash. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10187876
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Morales, Yuyi
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.M7881927
LC item number
Nin 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Nino (Yuyi Morales)
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wrestling
  • Monsters
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Imagination
Target audience
primary
Label
Niño wrestles the world, Yuyi Morales
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A Neal Porter Book."
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781596436046
Lccn
2012012989
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o793497131
  • (Sirsi) o793497131
  • (OCoLC)793497131
Label
Niño wrestles the world, Yuyi Morales
Publication
Note
"A Neal Porter Book."
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781596436046
Lccn
2012012989
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o793497131
  • (Sirsi) o793497131
  • (OCoLC)793497131

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