Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol


$ 17.95 $ 17.99
ISBN: 9780061227790
Brown, Monica / Rayo


Twisting multiple perspectives, adding swirls of color, and limning distorted figures with loose auras of yellow and blue, Gutiérrez creates high-energy, full-bleed illustrations that kick up the unexceptional English-over-Spanish text of this tribute to Pelé, still soccer’s O Rei (The King). “Every evening, no matter how tired they were, Pelé and his father, Dondinho, would play soccer in the streets. Whoops! Sometimes Pelé accidentally broke a window or kicked a ball over a fence.” Brown retraces Pelé’s youth and swift rise to fame, closing with a dramatic account of his 1,000th goal. He went on to score 280 more, and has remained active since his retirement, but readers will find that sort of information only in the fine-print author’s note at the end. Nonetheless, at least visually, this makes a stirring alternative to Lesa Cline-Ransome’s Young Pelé: Soccer’s First Star (2007), illustrated by James Ransome. Grades 1-3. --John Peters

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