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Fiction Review & Guide: Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales

Hi-ho Book Buddy!

Get into the ring and read this fun, explosive, dive-into-another-culture picture book about Lucha Libre! Lucha Libre is a form of professional wrestling developed in Mexico where the dudes wear crazy masks on their faces. This book features the fierce NINO who goes head-to-head with other hispanic cultural icons.

Not only is this book zany and fun to read aloud (especially if you do your announcer voice), but it teaches your little one Spanish words. They will be immersed in the world of Luche Libre, with interesting opponents, and laugh-out-loud wrestling moves!

My son loves this book and pretends to Nino all the time! He loves for me to be his favorite foe, La Momia de Guanajuato. He always defeats me with the tickle tackle. I have no chance to win!

Nino Wrestles the World is loaded with awards. It won the Golden Kite for it’s bold illustrations and also the Pura Belpré Award, which recognizes a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

It’s time to celebrate the diversity of our world! Get your masks on and read this one. It’s super fun and has a heartwarming family tie-in at the end introducing the amazing LAS HERMANITAS!

Activity for Nino Wrestles the World: 
Of course, we’re gonna make our own LUCHA LIBRE MASKS! 

Birdy Jones