Niño Wrestles the World

10 min. Dist. by Dreamscape Media. 2015. $38.99. ISBN 9781633798441.
RedReviewStarPreS-Gr 3—Behold the flamboyant and ever victorious Niño—luchador extraordinario! In his mask and tighty whities, the wrestler is a force to be reckoned with, as he conquers opponents from La Llorona to aliens. Monsters quail when they face him in the ring. However, when confronting a dangerous duo—his little sisters—Niño discovers that sometimes compromise is the path to victory. This exuberant romp by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Book, 2013) receives a first-class treatment in this video presentation. Adriana Sananes narrates the story with ánimo and beautifully blends the Spanish and English components of the text with biffs, bams, and other comic book sound effects. A special feature provides further information on Niño's opponents and on the sport of lucha libre.
VERDICT This is a fantastic and energetic production that merits a place in any collection serving children.

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