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Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol
     

Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol

by Monica Brown, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
 

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Monica Brown and Rudy Gutierrez team up to deliver what Kirkus called, in a starred review, an “inspiring blend of art and story,” about the most famous soccer star in the world, Pelé. This bilingual picture book will inspire, teach, and amaze readers as they learn about the man who revolutionized the sport of soccer.

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Overview

Monica Brown and Rudy Gutierrez team up to deliver what Kirkus called, in a starred review, an “inspiring blend of art and story,” about the most famous soccer star in the world, Pelé. This bilingual picture book will inspire, teach, and amaze readers as they learn about the man who revolutionized the sport of soccer.

Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? This is the true story of Pelé, King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend. Rudy Gutierrez’s dynamic illustrations make award-winning author Monica Brown’s story of this remarkable sports hero come alive!

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Pulsing prose that is a pleasure for the adult on readaloud duty to deliver. Gutiérrez matches aural with visual delight in mixed-media double page spreads that sizzle with energy.”
Brightly.com
“Any kid who loves soccer should know the legend of Pelé. A Brazilian boy who practiced soccer barefoot because he couldn’t afford shoes grew up to be one of the greatest soccer players on earth, leading his team to the World Cup finals. Bonus, it’s bilingual.”
ALA Booklist
“Gutierrez[’s] high-energy, full-bleed illustrations...kick up...this tribute to Pele, still soccer’s O Rei (The King).”
NBCLatino.com
“With great skill, Brown tells the story of the poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else and became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known.”
School Library Journal
02/01/2017
Gr 1–3—A bilingual picture book biography about Pelé, the first man in the history of the sport to score 1,000 goals and become a living legend. From the poverty-filled streets of Brazil to the packed stadiums of the World Cup, the dynamic illustrations convey the vigor and verve of the athlete's life.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
The life of Pele, "King of Soccer," begins in a town in Brazil, where he has to work hard to help his poor family. He plays soccer with his friends and with his father, promising his father to win a World Cup for him and for Brazil some day. At fifteen, Pele is invited to join a professional team; at seventeen he plays in the World Cup final and fulfills his vow. Pele helps win two more World Cups for Brazil, and becomes the first player to score a thousand goals. The tale is told clearly and succinctly in both languages. Visualized in mixed media on double pages teeming with additional images from life, the story's impression is one of intense, fluid color. Shapes flow into bands of decorations across the pages with pictures of Pele in action dominating his teammates and crowds as he races after a ball or kicks a pass. From the expanding spiral on the jacket to the end of his famous "bicycle kick," emotions are kept at high pitch. Added information about Pele and his life is included. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
This beautifully designed story of soccer's best athlete begins in the midst of a game with the star about to score. "Pele! Pele! O Rei! Pele! The King!" shouts the roaring crowd. Brown's exuberant introduction transitions to a more sedate narrative that depicts the poor but hopeful upbringing of a boy in a small Brazilian town, playing soccer with nothing but a grapefruit or a newspaper-filled sock. When ten-year-old Pele sees his father's disappointment after Brazil's World Cup loss, his promise to win one for his dad foreshadows his hard work and escalating talent. Gutierrez's alluring multi-style gouache paintings swoop and swirl with energy and color. An abstract Pele in a sweeping, action-filled kick appears against more realistic portraits of a boy and his father, all superimposed over backgrounds and borders that reflect indigenous patterns. The stunning images place Pele's achievements within the context of his native country. Told in a dual English/Spanish text, this inspiring blend of art and story scores a winning goal. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061227790
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/23/2008
Edition description:
Spanish-language Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
215,207
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Monica Brown is the author of Pele, King Of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol and Side by Side/Lado a lado as well as the Pura Belpre Honor winners My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia and My Name Is Gabito/Mi Llamo Gabito. Monica lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, with her husband and two daughters.

Monica Brown es la autora de Pele, King Of Soccer/Pele, El rey del futbol y Side by Side/Lado a lado, y de los libros ganadores del Honor Pura Belpré My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia y My Name Is Gabito/Mi Llamo Gabito. Monica vive en Flagstaff, Arizona, con su marido y sus dos hijas.

Rafael Lopez is the award-winning illustrator of My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia and Book Fiesta! Rafael divides his time between his studios in the colonial town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and a loft in downtown San Diego, where he works and lives with his wife and son.

Rafael Lopez es el ilustrador premiado de My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia y Book Fiesta! Rafael divide su tiempo entre sus talleres en San Miguel de Allende, Mexico y San Diego, California.

Rudy Gutierrez spent many days playing stickball and cards with his father and listening to stories about his life. Rudy's memories of his dad's character, honesty, and optimism inspired his illustrations in this book.

Rudy teaches at the Pratt Institute. He received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and was commissioned to do art for the acclaimed Santana Shaman CD cover. He also illustrated Malcolm X, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Rudy lives in Bogota, New Jersey.

El trabajo del premiado artista Rudy Gutiérrez se ha exhibido por todos los Estados Unidos e internacionalmente. También creó el arte para la cubierta del CD de Santana llamado Shaman. Rudy es profesor en el Instituto Pratt y vive en Bogota, Nueva Jersey.

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