Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask: a Bilingual Cuento
Lucha Libre: The Man in the Silver Mask: a Bilingual Cuento

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Annotation: When Carlitos attends a wrestling match in Mexico City with his father, his favorite masked-wrestler has eyes that are strangely familiar.
Catalog Number: #139
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-938317-92-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-05188-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-938317-92-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-05188-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2004029756
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
Horn Book
Vivid, crowd-pleasing illustrations and an accessible bilingual text depict Mexican pro wrestling. Attending a wrestling match with his father, Carlitos wonders where his uncle is but enjoys the match anyway. Carlitos never figures out who the wrestler behind the mask is, but readers will quickly guess. An afterword about la lucha libre and the real Man in the Silver Mask is illuminating.
Kirkus Reviews
Carlitos and his father go to the arena in Mexico City to watch a bout of "lucha libre" (professional wrestling) with Carlitos's Uncle Vicente. Although this tale is set a half century ago, the wrestlers are divided, just like now, into bad guys (los rudos) and good guys (los tecnicos), and the audience loves booing los rudos and cheering for los tecnicos. Young readers will shiver along with Carlitos at the frightening costumes and manners of the bad guys—El Cucuy (the Boogeyman), the Evil Caveman and the Vampire—and thrill to the heroes—the Mighty Bull, the Masked Rooster and Carlitos's favorite, the Man in the Silver Mask. While Carlitos (and younger readers) may not figure out why Vicente misses the bout, older readers will realize who the Man in the Silver Mask really is. Garza's illustrations are oversized, wildly colored and presented in bold outlines, recalling both Mexican folk art and the rowdy spirit of the stylized sport. They are sure to draw in every wrestling fan under the age of 10. His afterword gives a brief history of Mexican wrestling and especially El Santo—The Saint—its most popular hero and the original man in the silver mask. (Picture book. 6-9)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5 Going to a lucha libre in Mexico City with his grandfather is exciting in itself, but the young narrator of this engaging story is thrilled at being allowed to buy a mask like those worn by the luchadores . Carlitos chooses a silver one just like that of his favorite wrestler. From their seats at ringside, the fights are exciting, including a face-to-face encounter with the boy's hero, the Man in the Silver Mask. Astute readers will easily pick up on the identity of the masked man, and all will increase their knowledge of the Mexican version of the World Wrestling Federation. Smoothly integrated information in fluid colloquial English and Spanish combines with grainy graphic-novel-style illustrations executed in acrylic to create an oddly compelling and sophisticated package. An informative endnote, in English only, presents a brief but engrossing history of lucha libre . Certain to be a popular choice.
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Horn Book (4/1/06)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (10/1/05)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 2,240
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 1-4
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 102923 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:9.0 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q39306
Lexile: AD1140L
Guided Reading Level: O

The popularity of lucha libre , Mexico's version of professional wrestling, is exploding in the United States, thanks to the television show Mucha Lucha . In Xavier Garza's bilingual kids' book about this wild and crazy sport, young Carlitos attends a lucha libre match in Mexico City for the first time. He's with his Pap Lupe, but his Tio Rodolfo, who's supposed to join them, doesn't show up. At ringside, Carlitos sees the famous luchador , el Santo --the Man in the Silver Mask, a man whose eyes look terribly familiar. El Santo even smiles at Carlitos Carlitos is mesmerized as el Santo is pitted against the terrible forces of evil-- los rudos , the bad guys of lucha libre . They make the audience boo and hiss In the end, though, el Santo triumphs and, in the process, gains a lifelong fan. Kids of all ages are drawn to the allure of lucha libre and its masked men and women. In Lucha Libre , young fans will see this fascinating world come alive: Favorite heroes and much-feared villains, dressed in dazzling and outrageous costumes, strut and prance across the mat and bounce against the ropes, daring anyone to take them to the floor Sabes que es la lucha libre? Alguna vez has ido a un combate de lucha libre y visto los t cnicos y los rudos--los buenos y los malos--vestidos con sus disfraces llamativos y sus m scaras locas? C mo te sentir as si el luchador m s famoso de todos los tiempos se detuviera y te sonriera? Descubre qu le sucede a Carlitos cuando El Hombre de la M scara de Plata, un hombre que nunca antes hab a visto en toda su vida, se da vuelta y le hace eso. Ni os, de todas edades, se sienten atra dos por el atractivo de la lucha libre y sus hombres y mujeres enmascarados En Lucha Libre, los j venes fan ticos ver n este mundo fascinante ven a la vida: h roes favoritos y villanos muy temidos, vestidos con trajes deslumbrantes e indignantes, pavone ndose y brincando sobre el tapete y rebotando contra las cuerdas, desafiando a cualquiera a llevarlos al piso Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, lucha libre aficionado Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and Washington. Garza and his wife live in San Antonio, Texas. He published his first book, Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys (Arte P blico Press), in 2004.

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