Monday, May 21, 2018

Pele: King of Soccer by Eddy Simon – ADVISABLE

Simon, Eddy Pele: King of Soccer, 139 pages.  GRAPHIC NOVEL. First Second, 2017.  $20.

This is the graphic novel story of the life career of Edson Arantes Do Nascimento, the famous Brazilian soccer player, famously nicknamed Pele. Readers learn about his childhood in poverty, but rich in family and a love of soccer. We learn of his dedication and overwhelming love of the game that led him to a skill level rarely seen and once recognized -his amazing career. We also learn about the Brazilian political scene, and Pele’s work with children, and reforms to soccer. The artwork is small but clear and easy to read and recognize characters.

I think soccer fans will love this book. It covers a huge part of his life, though with the emphasis on soccer, does not leave out his personal life or the society he was experiencing. Due to the complexity of the politics, and some personal life content, I think this book would be better suited to Middle and High School.

MS, HS –ADVISABLE Stephanie, Elementary School Librarian & Author

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