Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
Everyone cheer for the incredible, the amazing Nino! He is challenged to fight by wild opponents like The Guanajuato Mummy who is taken down by a tickle attack. Next to challenge Nino is Olmec Head whose stony face is walloped by a Puzzle Muzzle move. He has tricky moves to use on each one, taking one down at a time using all sorts of toys. But finally, his real serious opponents arrive, Las Hermanitas! Nino is going to have to use all of his wrestling and mental skills to beat these two little sister opponents.
Bold and colorful, this book evokes Lucha Libre, Mexican wrestling, right from the get go. Morales celebrates this aspect of Mexican culture but puts her own child-friendly spin on it with wrestling different monsters using toys in Nino’s room. She mixes the history of Lucha Libre masks with the actual monsters and the joy of a child who loves to wrestle any comers.
The book nicely mixes Spanish and English and also switches fonts to further evoke the marquee effect of wrestling. Add in the comic-book fonts for the various moves that Nino does and you have one very dynamic and inspired book.
This book shows everyone that books with multicultural characters can be wild fun to read! Morales wins! Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.