Pele, King of Soccer =Pele, el rey del futbol
Pele, King of Soccer =Pele, el rey del futbol

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Annotation: Learn how a poor boy from Brazil who loved futbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known.
Catalog Number: #147246
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2009
Illustrator: Gutierrez, Rudy,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-122780-3 Perma-Bound: 0-605-98902-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-122780-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-98902-3
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2008019125
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: Spanish
Bilingual: Yes
ALA Booklist
Twisting multiple perspectives, adding swirls of color, and limning distorted figures with loose auras of yellow and blue, Gutiérrez creates high-energy, full-bleed illustrations that kick up the unexceptional English-over-Spanish text of this tribute to Pelé, still soccer's O Rei (The King). "Every evening, no matter how tired they were, Pelé and his father, Dondinho, would play soccer in the streets. Whoops! Sometimes Pelé accidentally broke a window or kicked a ball over a fence." Brown retraces Pelé's youth and swift rise to fame, closing with a dramatic account of his 1,000th goal. He went on to score 280 more, and has remained active since his retirement, but readers will find that sort of information only in the fine-print author's note at the end. Nonetheless, at least visually, this makes a stirring alternative to Lesa Cline-Ransome's Young Pelé: Soccer's First Star (2007), illustrated by James Ransome.
Horn Book
In poetic bilingual prose, the text encapsulates the Brazilian soccer star's life in a way that goes straight to the essence of Pele's enormous appeal. The story's climax is the scoring of his thousandth goal. Energetic color- and pattern-filled illustrations flow like the arc of a soccer ball cutting through the air. An author's note tells more about Pele's later life.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>This beautifully designed story of soccer's best athlete begins in the midst of a game with the star about to score. "Pel! Pel! O Rei! Pel! 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 Pel 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. Gutirrez's alluring multi-style gouache paintings swoop and swirl with energy and color. An abstract Pel 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 Pel'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)</p>
School Library Journal
Gr 25 This bilingual account of the Brazilian superstar's life opens by sweeping readers up in a big game. Brisk sentences and well-chosen similes vividly capture the scenes in English and in Spanish: "Watch as the famous number 10 flips the soccer ball. Pelé runs across the field like a cheetah, dribbling like a dancer." The page turns, el rey scores the goal, and the next page flashes back to his impoverished childhood, describing how he and his friends used whatever materials were at hand to play "the beautiful game." Brown also imagines dialogue between young Pelé and his father to illustrate how the player's love of family and country drove him to excel on the field. The direct prose effectively tells the soccer hero's story, but Gutiérrez's illustrations give the book an exciting burst of energy. Bold, wavy lines across the pages convey the vigor and panache of World Cup soccer. Text and pictures collaborate seamlessly on the final spread, which marks one of Pelé's greatest achievements. The bright, energetic illustrations and subject matter will make this a popular choice with children. Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
Word Count: 577
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.5 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 127969SP / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q46779
Lexile: AD620L

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!


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