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Niño Wrestles the World

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  726 ratings  ·  194 reviews
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, 36 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
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
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
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
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.
Brilliant stuff. Perfect baby shower book, especially for a second or third child.
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
Emma Hoyer
I absolutely love Yuyi Morales! I have read several of her books, and she never fails to captivate me with colorful illustrations and unique, clever, stories. This book is no different. The different fonts and action-styled illustrations (and noises that you would find in a comic book!) were definitely the focal point of this story. There are not too many words, but you can find most of the information you want on the wrestlers on the inside cover (front and back). I loved the cleverness of Nino ...more
Samantha Powley
Nino Wrestles the World is written by Yuyi Morales. The story is about Nino who likes to pretend that his a wrestler. Through his pretend play, he believes he is unstoppable and that no one or nothing is able to defeat him. He believe he is the most powerful and can defeat anything and everything, like zombies or his sisters. He is not afraid of anything during this play but once his sisters wake up from their nap things change. They begin to wrestle him and he asks for you (the readers) help to ...more
Jill Connors
Themes/subjects: imagination, family, humor, wrestling
Usage: reader's choice, reader's theatre, from
haracter Trading Cards. The book's endpapers display pictures of trading cards of each of the "wrestlers" in the story. Using the endpapers as mentor texts, have your students create character trading cards for the books they've this year, making sure to include illustrations of the characters and information about the characters' attribute
Brooke Snyder
Summary: Nino “wrestles the world” is exactly what Nino did (in make believe). No one and nothing could defeat him- he was the most powerful and defeated all and was not afraid of anything. He was having so much fun in his defeats but then his two sisters woke from their nap. They started to wrestle Nino- Nino thought if you can’t beat them, join them! This is a quirky book!

Personal Response/Critical Response: I like this book because it’s funny and imaginative. Children will love the play aspec
Christen Tulli
Category: Pura Belpre Award

Publication date: 2013

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Themes: Bravery, Silliness, Humor

Ways to Use Book:

* Read the book out loud and then have a lesson on Spanish words from the book. Ask the students to create posters celebrating the wrestling champion El Nino that include some of those words.

* Your audience may giggle, as I did, at the part where el Nino's sisters woke from their nap, an event set off my the ominous ticking of the clock. Ask students to write
Bloom's Questions:
1. List two opponents of Nino in the story.
2. Describe what is meant by the sentence, "If you can't defeat them...join them!"
3. How are the opponents similar/different?
4. What are the relationships between Nino and his opponents?
5. Do you agree with Nino defeating all of his opponents except his sisters? Why or why not?
6. How would you rewrite the story from the view point of the sisters?

Text to self: Growing up with two brothers I was left out often. Instead of playing house o
Nino is a Mexican American boy who imagines himself as the greatest wrestler in the world. The setting is in his bedroom where he uses imaginative play to wrestle imaginary villains by using his toys (legos, puzzles, marbles) to fight them off. Yuyi Morales is a Mexican author and developed this great character that any young boy can relate to, especially those who love wrestling. The villains names are not your typical wrestler names, but characters that come from Mexican folklore or history. M ...more
Text to text: This text was so so cute! As usual I am terrible at finding a book that I find similar to this one, I would have to say it reminds me in the colors and feel of the Mexican themed books I read as a child such as The Three Pigs (Los Tres Cerdos). What it REALLY reminded me of was the TV show Mucha Lucha! that I watched when I was a kid, where these kids went to a school for aspiring Luchadors.

Text to Self: In reference to myself, I fell in love with this book it was just so cute and
Claudia Magana-magana
This book could be introduced to the students by having them learn the history of Lucha Libre. Luch Libre is professional wrestling that originated in Mexico. Niño Wrestles the World could also be used in part of a unit that focuses on the Mexican culture.

The connection of text-to-self is very easy for someone who knows the story of La Llorona. The old tale of La Llorona is about a woman who drowned herself out of grief for killing her own children. She is called La Llorona because she is said
Jul 14, 2013 Kate rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Peggy Dynek
1. Text to self: I have an elementary school boy in my house, and he loves wrestling. “Despicable Me 2” regularly plays in my living room, where I see El Macho as the villain. I think it is safe to say, kids love wrestling. This book has wrestling, a mummy, aliens, and a boy in his underwear. Everything you need for a good time is already in this book! All you need is a reader.
2. Bloom’s Taxonomy
Remembering: Where was Nino when he was having his adventures?
Understanding: Do we know what was spec
In the popular tradition of the “theatrical, action-packed style of professional wrestling” of Lucha Libre, Yuyi Morales pits Nino against some gnarly cultural bogey-men. Love the appearance La Llorona, how she comes on scene and is defeated. Every competitor’s bio (including pronunciations) decorate the end pages, even Las Hermanitas who prove to be Nino’s most challenging of competitors.

Morales enacts a fantastic production in colors, graphics, energy and imaginative play. An absolute must for
Nino is a little boy who imagines himself to be an unbeatable wrestler. While he wrestles some fictional characters, the one adversary he cannot defeat are his very real little sisters. By the end of the story, he decides rather than defeat his sisters, he can join them and have fun. Being an oldest sibling, I can relate to feeling as if your younger siblings are an enemy to defeat. I was also the only girl in the family, and Nino seems to be the only boy in his family. As most older siblings le ...more
Nino Wrestles the World tells the tale of Nino, a playful little boy who imagines he is a famous world champion lucha libre competitor. At the back of the book, the author included notes about lucha libre, which is a “theatrical, action-packed style of professional wrestling that’s popular throughout Mexico, and many other Spanish-speaking countries” (Morales, 2013). The illustrations are colorful and bright, and the use of different fonts is very eye-catching. Young boys and girls alike will ch ...more
This multicultural text fell into my lap. My husband brought it home because he knew I would like it.

Text to self: This book calls my name for so many reasons. I think its great that the author includes Spanish phrases and I love the "pop arty action speech bubbles." I have a husband who was obsessed with wrestling as a teenager. I also have a sixth grade student who lives and breathes wrestling. They have taught me all I know about WWE.

Text to text: This book reminds me of the Steven Layne's
Stacey Cross
Nino Wrestles the World is a classic Lucha Libre tale that speaks to the hearts of wrestling fans everywhere, especially those within a Hispanic community. Nino, is a luchadore, who wrestles many enemies with his unusual moves. The illustrations within this book are bright, vibrant, and very animated which make it that much more enjoyable. Nino's character is one that most young boys everywhere will be able to connect with. He is very active and has a wild imagination which makes this story an e ...more
Alexsandy Jimenez
Ever read about legends that are part of someone elses culture or including your very own? Well Nino wrestles the World gives a glimpse of each legend mentioned in this book. Each are mentioned as rivals of Nino a boy wrestler that finds the cleverest way to defeat them.I believe this is a great book because the readers can get an insight of folktales that as child we must have heard of or not. These legends like El Chamuco, La llorona, La momia de Guanajuato,etc.are introduced as a simplified v ...more
I’ve seen many talk about loving this book, and it is worth the compliments. Before reading this book, I’d never heard of the story-telling, theatrical professional wrestling called “Lucha libre” where the wrestlers wear masks, guarding their identity ferociously, and creating stories as they wrestle. This time the “pretender” is a young boy, fighting those scary creatures of Mexico like El Chamuco, something like the devil, & winning because of his super powers & creative use of his to ...more

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!
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!
Tim Vandenberg
I realize this won a Pura Belpre Medal for best illustrator of the Hispanic experience in America, and I'm sure fans of Lucha Libre will thrill at this book and its highly imaginative (in the mind of Nino) storyline. And yes, it's real cute. But....

Nino just doesn't connect with me.

Recommended for all fans of Lucha Libre....and for all people who want to understand those fans (and I'm glad this book helped me do just that a bit. Also, for the record, I can't say I didn't run around as a little p
"So superb are his talents that out-of-this-world contenders line up to challenge him."

Nino takes on and defeats all challengers except for his twin baby sisters! Las Hermanitas stop at nothing, Nino makes his best move: "If you can't beat them, join them."

A sweet story about a brother's love. Author note at the end describes the significance of Lucha Libre, which helps with the understanding of the story. I'm also appreciative of the phonetic spelling of the Spanish names. It will certainly hel
BEST NEW CHILDREN'S CHARACTER EVAR! The illustrations are vibrant and colorful. I love Niño!
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Yuyi Morales is the illustrator of Kathleen Krull’s Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, whose accolades include a Pura Belpré Award and a Christopher Medal, as well as the Pura Belpré Award-winning Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes. Born and raised in Mexico, she now lives in northern California.
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