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Sumo Joe

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  26 reviews
On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo's ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe's little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo J ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Lee & Low Books
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Nice older brother/younger sister story centered around martial arts training.
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
It's Saturday and that means it's time for Joe to practice sumo with his friends, and time for younger sister Jo's aikido lesson. But before Jo leaves with mom, she gives a subtle look at the sumo boys, and you know that joining them is what she really wants to do. While Jo and mom are gone, Joe and his friends get ready to practice. Sumo takes place in a dohyō ring and the boys build one using throw pillows.

Once that's done, they tie on their special belts called the mawashi, practice teppo to
Kim Chaffee
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun, quick-paced read. Big brother Joe transforms into Sumo Joe when his friends come over and they create their own dohyo ring. But soon, little sister Jo wants to join. This story is playful, action packed, and loaded with heart.
Sandra Sutter
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If your child isn't a Sumo fan now, he or she will be after reading this book! The illustrations are adorable, and the text is easy to follow with new words to learn built in naturally as the author builds tension with a fun sibling match-up.
Cathy Breisacher
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sumo Joe is a clever, interesting, and fun book to read aloud! So much good stuff is wrapped up in this tale: great rhyme, fun language, a sweet brother-sister story, info about sumo wrestling and techniques, and fantastic illustrations. This book is a winner! Kids will be drawn to this, and I’m excited to add it to my library collection so I can recommend it to readers.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's more to Sumo wrestling than strong men in a ring-- Sumo Joe and his friends demonstrate so in this simple poem story. Joe's little sister Aikido challenges him in the circle; will she beat him at this "boy" sport? Sweet and adorable, while also being informative on the art of Sumo!
Ben Truong
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sumo Joe is a children's picture book written by Mia Wenjen and illustrated by Nat Iwata, which stars two siblings: Joe who loves sumo wrestling and his younger sister who wants to participate in a male-only sport.

Wenjen's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, lyrical, and informational. Told in straightforward rhymes, Wenjen describes their sumo moves rather well. Back matter includes an author's note and an illustrated glossary relating to sumo wrestling and aikido. Iwata's illustrations
Morgan Stamper
Easy to read, I think it's great.
Ali Lee
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read children’s book! Fun rhymes and vibrant pictures that bring the story to life!! 11/10 would recommend!!
Sheri Dillard
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Action-packed book that kids will love! I especially enjoyed the author's note with info on the traditions of sumo wrestling and aikido.
Stephanie Ward
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joe is a sumo wrestler who is planning a match with his friends. After following long-held traditions of the sport -- driving away evil spirits and blessing the ring -- Sumo Joe is ready for a match. But Aikido wants to challenge him. Is Sumo Joe ready for Aikido self-defense moves?

A fun introduction to sumo wrestling for children with a wonderful glossary and bits of history about this ancient sport sprinkled throughout.
Wendy Greenley
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kids will be stomping around the house after reading this one! A fun and informative combination of story and back matter.
Teresa Bateman
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every Saturday afternoon big brother Joe gathers with a couple of friends to do some pseudo sumo wrestling. With makeshift mawashi belts tied over their shorts they emulate their sumo heroes. Younger sister, Jo, isn't really allowed to participate. However, her akido skills prove valuable in taking down a sumo. Bold, fun illustrations and clear, delightful text combine to introduce young readers to many of the aspects of sumo wrestling with which they may be unfamiliar. The author's end notes an ...more
Elizabeth Madarang
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, this is an excellent introduction to Sumo wrestling! Appropriate language is interspersed throughout the story. Second, this story takes a 21st century look at Sumo wrestling and challenges its traditions. Told through creatively descriptive rhyme, this is a well written, engaging story for all primary students (ages 5-8).
Vivian Kirkfield
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful story! KIds will love the action of the story and the rhythm and rhyme of the words. And I think parents will enjoy learning a little more about sumo wrestling, too! This book is filled with heart and humor - I love the interaction between brother and sister.
Stephanie Bange
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pragmatic Mom blogger/debut author Mia Wenjen scores well in this familial match between martial arts.

It's Saturday morning, and time for Joe and his friends to practice their sumo skills and for his sister Jo to head out and attend aikido class. "Sumo" Joe makes his friends jump through many hoops as they set up their wrestling ring, get dressed in the proper outfit, and go through traditional rituals and poses while practicing. When Aikido Jo returns home, she wants to join the boys. When they
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute rhyming book with a martial arts theme. There are many words introduced about the martial art of Sumo and a bit about Aikido, too. The illustrations by Mia Wenjen perfectly mesh with the descriptions of the characters in the text.
Kim Tomsic
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
A FUN introduction to a sport, culture, and words kids may not know (with a few happy bonus twists). This book is sure to delight many! Don't miss the fantastic author's note at the end!
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cute! I love the representation of this book! I also almost always enjoy seeing females represented in martial arts, as I know many who are involved in it and feel under rep'ed.
Karrie Chajkowski
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinating story to introduce Sumo wrestling to small kiddos. Sumo Joe explains the basics of Sumo with simple text and engaging pictures.... this is one to have on the library shelf!
Mary Lee
Aug 31, 2019 rated it liked it
#ownvoices book about Sumo vs. Aikido.
Fun story and great illustrations.
Ms Threlkeld
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great introduction to sumo, plus a nod to gender norms.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A great rhyming storytime book about Sumo. It uses many sumo terms and has more information at the back of the book.
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
An easy, quick read about brother and sister performing the traditions of sumo.
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