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Niño Wrestles the World (Niño)

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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!

A Neal Porter Book
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Roaring Brook Press
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If there is any topic on the lips and minds of librarians, teachers, and other gatekeepers it is the state of multicultural literature for kids today. Seems a week can't go by without a new study or proposal to deal with the need for more books about kids of color being published today. Recently I discovered that while books for kids containing Latino characters are rare in and of themselves, imported children's books from Mexico are downright impossible to find. Most of the Spanish language boo ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-book
What a funny and cute book. This is for a beginner bilingual reader. Great illustrations and clear and vivid colors. The book even gives a brief description about the history of Lucha Libre. This is a book of pure fun.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Everyone cheer for the incredible, the amazing Nino! He is challenged to fight by wild opponents like The Guanajuato Mummy who is taken down by a tickle attack. Next to challenge Nino is Olmec Head whose stony face is walloped by a Puzzle Muzzle move. He has tricky moves to use on each one, taking one down at a time using all sorts of toys. But finally, his real serious opponents arrive, Las Hermanitas! Nino is going to have to use all of his wrestling and mental skills to beat these two little ...more
Stacy Fetters
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sneaky-librarian
Was not as cute as I wanted it to be.
Didn't enjoy the story and the only thing that was great was the mix of languages.
Maren Banwell
Text to Self connection: Making a text to self connection means the reader recognizes or relates to something from the text on a personal level. It may be the she sees similar character traits to her own, or that he has had a very similar experience as a character. It’s important to be able to find connections to ourselves in reading because it helps engage us and understand ourselves better.
The text to self connections I made while reading Nino Wrestles the World was of my younger brother and m
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Niño Wrestles the World is an energetic book. Author Yuyi Morales successfully intertwines humor and play with elements of Latino culture. This book does not simply increase the visibility of Mexican wrestling (lucha libre) in American children's literature, but it also draws in Mexican cultural icons like "La Llorona." The brilliantly designed end papers illustrate the different icons, offer the pronunciation of their names in Spanish, and present some basic facts about them.

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Nino is a lovable, relatable character whose imagination transforms him into a lucha libre wrestler. Though he battles some fearsome opponents like "La Momia de Guanajuato," his greatest competition are his younger twin sisters who at the end of the book awaken from their nap. Nino's imagination takes us readers into the world of lucha libre, or Mexican professional wrestling, from Nino's traditional mask and the fantastical backstories for each contender to Yuyi Morales' writing sounding like w ...more
Morales did it again. She produced an amazing book on something most American kids won't know a thing about and made it understandable and fascinating. Oh yes, she also wrote a lovely little sibling book as well for an older kid trying to cope with two twin infant sisters. I happen to have heard of luchadores from a coworker just before the book won the ALA Bupre illustrator award. This is another picture book that comes with back matter and just happens to be the second one with back matter I'v ...more
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mc-latino
Wonderful book! Yuyi Morales has created a character named Nino who loves to imagine that he is a luchadores (wrestler). As we follow him along he undertakes petrifying opponents like La Momia de Guanajuato (zombie/mummy), El Extraterrestre (Extraterrestrial), and even his sisters! Yuyi Morales expertly & subtly weaves the Latino/a tradition of Lucha Libre (professional wrestling) with the traditional interests of an American childhood like legos and scooters. Her illustrations are colorful ...more
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: k-2nd grade
Love the art! Love the story, the humor, the creatures which Nino wrestles, the ending, the endpapers. Fun and funny. I also appreciate the note about lucha libre, of which I've heard but don't know much about it. Don't just share with kids who know about lucha libre. The imagination and actions of the boy battling monsters while stripped down to his underwear and wearing a mask are universal. And those who remember the old Batman TV show will enjoy the bloops, zoks, pachatas, zzzwap, cuchi-coos ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mexican wrestling! Tighty whities! SO MUCH FUN! Nino wrestles the bad guys in his awesome wrestling mask but will he be able to beat the Las Hermanitas?

A fabulous choice for the preschool set, especially little boys that love imaginative play. The artwork and layouts are a lot of fun and the text makes liberal use of Spanish. (I really don't know any Spanish but the story still made total sense. I would definitely practice this before reading it to a group of kids but would read it to my own li
Mississippi Library Commission
Jump feet first into the lucha libre wrestling imaginings of this pint sized hero of the bedroom, Niño. Kids will love this high-energy book by Yuyi Morales with its bright colors and fun and upbeat story. Highly recommended.
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: americas-award

Action packed illustrations! Similar to a graphic novel, it definitely captures the action and suspense behind a match and the imagination of a boy. Great read for all ages!
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
BEST NEW CHILDREN'S CHARACTER EVAR! The illustrations are vibrant and colorful. I love Niño!
Rebecca Honeycutt
Gloriously vibrant and wonderfully frenetic illustrations, language and culture exploration without heavy-handedness, AND an appealing kid protagonist? So much win in one book!
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vivid, bright, and fluid. The playful imaginations of a boy who fancies himself the greatest wrestler of the world! Morales brings us a rich journey of a book with this Pura Belpré winner.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Brilliant stuff. Perfect baby shower book, especially for a second or third child.
If there is any topic on the lips and minds of librarians, teachers, and other gatekeepers it is the state of multicultural literature for kids today. Seems a week can't go by without a new study or proposal to deal with the need for more books about kids of color being published today. Recently I discovered that while books for kids containing Latino characters are rare in and of themselves, imported children's books from Mexico are downright impossible to find. Most of the Spanish language boo ...more
This comic style picture book follows Nino through is fantastical afternoon battling terrifying rivals by fighting them Lucha Libre style. Lucha Libra is a theatrical style of wrestling which is popular throughout Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. Nino is a small child who imagines he is fighting opponents such as La Llorona, a famous Mexican ghost who takes children to make them her own. El Extraterrestre, a space explorer who likes to bite and perhaps the most threatening opponent o ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a nice introduction into Lucha Libre. Nino is wrestles his toy monsters into submission using various techniques. However, his sister have plans of their own. This is a good and colorful read.
Sunday Cummins
Winner of a Pura Belpre Award. Look for the review of this book on Goodreads by Betsy Bird. I can't begin to nail it like she does. Morales' book is engaging and playful and I appreciate that she didn't shy away from sophisticated vocabulary.
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paw
I had a hard time with some of the Spanish words in this book and I just couldn't do it justice when I read the book to my kids. I think they were a little confused by it as well.
Oh. My. GAT- how stinking adorable is this?? Aaaah I love Yuyi Morales!
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enter Nino in mask and not much else who fights nasty foes....until his hermanitas enter the fray!
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
An action-packed, entertaining wrestling story that brings in different characters of the Hispanic culture. It's pretty cool how they are woven into the story, and the illustrations are great!
Kris Odahowski
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wrestling can be a challenge if you are going up against some iconic cultural symbols like the Weeping Women and the huge ancient Olmec heads, but Nino does it and find finds his biggest challenge is going to be his little sisters. Yuyi Morales brightens our world with her amazing Lucha Libre inspired youngster Nino, and her fantastical characters taken from folklore and modern legends are pop out the page delights. Check this book out at the Gadsden County Public Library- ...more
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I need to read the book-book. The audio really needs the pictures (in my opinion).
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review first posted on LiterariTea as a Picture Book of the Week feature:

Sometimes, when I write these reviews, I'm tempted to go ahead and label it "award winner" in my categories. When I've really been convinced in the past, I've been right! (Let me refer you to Chime, Inside Out and Back Again, Code Name Verity, and Bomb to name a few...). In addition to my "gut" on this one, I should point out that Neal Porter Books/Roaring Book Press has a pretty good track record in recent years for Caldec
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales.

Reflection: (text to self) For my multicultural text set I have chosen to focus on various aspects of Hispanic culture. My first selection is by award winning author, Yuyi Morales. El Niño Wrestles the World is a fun, quirky, exciting, and sweet book. Morales manages to entertain her readers while still providing a peek into the (uniquely Mexican and Hispanic) world of “Lucha Libre” (similar to professional wrestling). Over the years, I have had several st
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May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yuyi Morales’ books have exploded in popularity and serve as a good resource for Latino/a and Mexican culture. In this book, Niño, the main character, imagines himself to be a famous luchador. Popular figures in Mexican culture, luchadores are theatrical, professional wrestlers who compete with each other as part of a story involving elaborate plots. Their profession is collectively known as “lucha libre,” which loosely translates to “freestyle wrestling” in English, though the translation misse ...more
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