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Lucia the Luchadora

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  711 ratings  ·  135 reviews
Lucia zips through the playground in her cape just like the boys, but when they tell her "girls can't be superheroes," suddenly she doesn't feel so mighty. That's when her beloved abuela reveals a dazzling secret: Lucia comes from a family of luchadoras, the bold and valiant women of the Mexican lucha libre tradition. Cloaked in a flashy new disguise, Lucia returns as a re ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by POW! Kids Books (first published 2017)
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It was probably seven or so years ago. I was working as a children’s librarian in New York City. We were hosting a class of kids, first or second graders, and after I had read them some picture books and covered the rudimentary basics on how to treat the titles they checked out, we let them run free to find whatever subjects they wanted. As I returned to the front desk about four or five of them trailed me. I sat down and they said, voices bright with hope and anticipation, “Where are your Mexic ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Superheroes / Anyone Looking for Children's Stories About Luchedores
Lucía loved to play in the park, enjoying imaginative games of make-believe, in which she starred as the superhero. When the boys tell her girls can't be superheroes, she gets a little down, until her Abuela tells her about the amazing wrestlers known as Luchedores, and gives her the beautiful mask and cape that transform her into a Luchadora. Feeling empowered, she enjoys the splash she makes in her new disguise. But when this idea of girls not being superheroes once again surfaces, she must re ...more
Jennifer Bacall
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lucía the Luchadora is the powerhouse debut picture book of author Cynthia Leonor Garza, and illustrator Alyssa Bermudez. It reinforces that girls can equal and surpass boys in sport, encourages compassion and helping others, all while being a heaping ton of fun.

She enters the playground with a "Pow," and a "Bam," but the boys tell Lucia that girls can't be superheroes. Lucía tells her Abuela about her problem and learns a secret, her Abuela used to be a special kind of superhero, a luchadora. L
I'm torn over this book; I'm all about the messages--Girls can be super heroes! and Fight for what is right! and Don't listen to bullies!--however, the writing and art are uneven. The dark, swirly slide is mentioned right away, but NEVER shown on this page. WHY? Instead, a merry-go-round is, which doesn't make sense. It's shown on the next page, out of context, where the focus is on the boys so that the reader would never even really notice.
Next question: Who is the cat who is shown throughout
May 28, 2018 added it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Jennifer Stoner on Tiffany's FB
I love that Lucía talks about feeling "spicy mad." (It's a nice contrast to the bullies' jeer that girls can't be superheroes because they're just made of "sugar and spice," and also feels rooted in her Mexican heritage, and it gives us a great illustration of her surrounded by various chiles all looking angry.)

I love that it's her grandmother (rather than a male adult) who introduces her to the lucha libre history in her family (grandma was a luchadora! how many kids' books have grandmas who we
Cassandra Gelvin
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could give Jack Black a run for his money.

The main character is a little girl named Lucía, who is wearing a cape in the playground and pretending to be a superhero. Two boys playing in the same playground are also pretending to be superheroes, and she tries to play with them but they don't let her, saying, "Girls can't be superheroes. Girls are just made of sugar and spice and everything nice." Understandably, she gets mad. Her grandmother, who was watching this, tells Lucía that as a young woma
LaShana (she|her) Avery
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for any parent trying to teach their child that girls can do anything. It also provides cultural context into the world of Lucha Libre. I loved the illustrations in this book as well.
Geena Kenemore
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So cute
Lucia enjoys imagining herself as a superhero during recess, but is bothered by a couple of boys who say "girls can't be superheroes." She goes home and shares this with her grandmother who gives her a special mask and cape and tells her about Mexican wrestlers or luchadores.

Empowered by her grandmother, Lucia returns to school the next day sporting her mask and cape and saves the day in more ways than one by helping a small dog stuck at the top of a slide and later by revealing her true identi
Emma Gustafson
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found Lucia the Luchadora on multiple lists for diverse literature and realistic fiction books. Additionally it was recommended to me by the librarian. In this story Lucia believes she is a superhero her sparkle was dimmed by classmates telling her girls are not superheros. With help from her grandma she learns her families heritage of luchadores and regains her confidence. The problem arises when she has to chose between what she wants and what is right. The pictures are beautifully done and ...more
Westminster Library
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books, josh
Luchadores are Mexican wrestlers who use masks to hide their true identity. Lucia wants to be a luchadora too and she loves her mask. Her sister Gemma, in true kid sister fashion wants to do everything she does. This book involves a fair bit of tumbling, rumbling and even a secret or two.

Find Lucia the Luchadora at Westminster Public Library today!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gender equality requests
Recommended to June by: Betsy
Lucia wants to play superheroes with the boys, but is told "Girls can't be superheroes!" Her abuela gives her a luchadora constume that hids her gender telling her "With that mask, you can become anything you dream of being." When the boys try to prevent another girl from playing Lucia removes her mask.

Popular wrestling topic that promotes gender equality.
Angry because the boys won't let her play superheroes with them, Lucia dons a mask and cape that her grandmother gave her and she becomes a secret superhero herself. Since no one knows her identity, she feels free to be what she wants to be, even a superhero. This might be fun to share with kids to show them that girls can do the same things boys can do and to help all kids have self-confidence. ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a wonderful story about a plucky young lady who embodies the elements of her culture to become her own hero. The illustrations by Alyssa Bermudez make reading the story even more fun and interactive. So wonderful for kids, especially kids who need a little help feeling brave.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very colorful story for anyone who is tired of hearing "Girls can't be super heroes." ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love it! Great for older kids storytime...classroom readaloud
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucia is a spunky girl who just wants to be like one of the boys, but they don't even notice her until she becomes a Luchadora and saves the day. I love this tale of girl power and bravery. ...more
Marissa Elera
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girl-power
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Oh Man! the masks, the capes KAPOW!
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidstuff, lucha-libre
"With that mask, you can become anything you dream of being."

Lucia starts a lucha libre trend when her abuela gives her a luchadora mask that she used to wear. Soon all the little girls are turning into masked superheroes. A cute story with colorful, energetic artwork by Alyssa Bermudez.

Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: me-and-ozman
Lucia is a luchadora. She doesn't get any respect! But one day she goes down the scary slide to rescue a dog. What a hero! But a luchador once revealed is no longer a luchador...or is she?

What a cute book! Ozman enjoyed it, and it was a pretty fun read. I'm glad to see there is a 2nd book, we'll have to see if the library has it.
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought this book as one of several for my foster brother for his 9th birthday. He's from Mexico and is very proud of that fact, so I wanted him to have books with Mexican/Mexican American themes and characters so he could learn more about his home culture and see people like him represented in his books. While Lucia the Luchadora isn't his favorite of the bunch (I think he would prefer a male main character (eyeroll)), it's one of mine. Lucia learns about her heritage and stands up for herself ...more
Maricia Rodriguez
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
To come
I loved this because it was about a little girl wrestler. Too cute!
Elizabeth Wiggins
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-3090
This story begins by Lucia pretending to be a superhero on the playground. When told by the boys she could not be a superhero, she told her abuela. Her abuela then taught her what a luchadora was and helped her create a mask. She told her they were brave and did not reveal their identity. After that, Lucia dresses as a luchadora everyday at recess and no one knows it's her. Soon, many other luchadoras appear. Until one day a luchadora appears wearing pink and hearts. Again, the boys say
Tamika McIntosh
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lucia loves imagining herself as a superhero as she zips around the playground in a cape. Boys on the playground taunt Lucia, because they believe that females cannot be superheroes. Of course this saddens Lucia. Lucia's grandmother tells Lucia that she is from a long line of luchadoras; which are female lucha libres. Lucha libre is the Mexican form of wrestling. Lucia gets a fancy new costume, and is very excited. People begin to love her on the playground, but when she witnesses injustice she ...more
This story opens with Lucia, a young girl on a playground, zipping and zooming around in a red cape. The emphasis is on Lucia doing everything the boys do. But when she tries to play with the boys they tell her that girls are "sugar and spice and everything nice" and that girls can't be superheros.

Lucia tells this to her Abuela, grandmother, who gives her a present. Inside the box is a white satin cape and mask. It's the costume of a Luchadora, a masked wrestler and special kind of superhero. He
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-and-kids
no AR test

This is the cutest story, with great illustrations!

Lucia wants to be a superhero, but the boys on the playground tell her girls cannot be superheros. Her grandmother makes her a luchadora cape and mask and tells her stories about the bravery of luchadors. Lucia goes back to the playground, and everyone wants to play with the new superhero! Soon other children are wearing luchador capes and masks. One day a puppy is stuck on the slide. All the other children gather round but only Lucia
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Cynthia Leonor Garza spent most of her childhood under the hot South Texas sun running around with her three brothers. She's a journalist who has worked for several newspapers and her commentaries have appeared on NPR and in The Atlantic. She currently lives with her two young daughters and husband in Nairobi, Kenya. Lucía the Luchadora is her first picture book. ...more

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