Niño Wrestles the World ‒ Yuyi Morales

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  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (August 25, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250062705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250062703



Señoras y Señores, put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . Niño!

Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch! He takes down his competition in a single move!

No opponent is too big a challenge for the cunning skills of Niño—popsicle eater, toy lover, somersault expert, and world champion lucha libre competitor!

Notable Acknowledgements: 2014 Pura Belpre Award, 2014 Notable Children’s Book, 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Recommended Title, Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration


Rationale for Inclusion: In addition to receiving a number of honors and awards, as well as being well-reviewed by credible sources such as Booklist and School Library Journal, this book provides children with a very action-packed storyline with riveting illustrations that utilize speech bubbles in a way that makes them pop out to create a sense of joy and excitement. By reading this book, children can let their imaginations run wild as the great Niño battles and outwrestles imaginary foes from Mexican history and popular culture, one-by-one.

This book also provides Latinx children with a mirror in which they can see themselves in, because not only is the protagonist of the story a Latino boy, but it also incorporates various Spanish words all throughout the story, which can help to cultivate a sense of Latinx pride among children.  Mexican children in particular, will be able to identify with additional elements that have been incorporated into the story, such as the imaginary foes from Mexican history.



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