Academic journal article Language Arts

Niño Wrestles the World

Academic journal article Language Arts

Niño Wrestles the World

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Niño Wrestles the World Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales Roaring Brook, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-1- 59643-604-6

"Señoras y Señores, Put your hands together for the fantastic, spectacular, one of a kind . . . NIÑO!" Award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales's newest picturebook excites and captivates as readers follow Mexican wrestling's bravest luchador, Niño. No opponent is too terrifying for underwear-clad Niño. Inspired by myths and legends from Morales's childhood, Niño's contenders line up to challenge him. La Momia de Guanajuato, Cabeza Olmeca, La Llorona, El Extraterrestre, and El Chamuco all succumb to Niño's wrestling moves, like the Tickle Tackle and the Marble Mash. All, that is, except LAS HERMANITAS! What is a luchador to do when faced with freshly napped sisters ready to tussle?

In addition to celebrating the art of lucha libre, or Mexican wrestling, Niño's story pays homage to all children who play and imagine to their own and others' delight and glee. …

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