Pele, King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey del Futbol: Bilingual Spanish-English Children's Book

Monica Brown (Author) Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
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This acclaimed bilingual children's book, Spanish/English, is a fun way to introduce simple words and phrases in both languages and is sure to be a welcome resource at home and in schools and libraries.

Monica Brown and Rudy Gutierrez team up to deliver what Kirkus called, in a starred review, an "inspiring blend of art and story," about the most famous soccer star in the world, Pel .

This bilingual picture book will inspire, teach, and amaze readers as they learn about the man who revolutionized the sport of soccer. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6. It's a fun way to learn to read and as a supplement for activity books for children.

Do you know how a poor boy from Brazil who loved f tbol more than anything else became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known? This is the true story of Pel , King of Soccer, the first man in the history of the sport to score a thousand goals and become a living legend.

Rudy Gutierrez's dynamic illustrations make award-winning author Monica Brown's story of this remarkable sports hero come alive

Product Details

$6.99  $6.43
HarperCollins Espanol
Publish Date
May 23, 2017
9.8 X 0.2 X 9.8 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Monica Brown is the author of many award-winning bilingual books for children, many of which are inspired by her Peruvian American heritage. Monica is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino Literature and Multicultural Literature. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. You can find her online at

Rudy Gutierrez spent many days playing stickball and cards with his father and listening to stories about his life. Rudy's memories of his dad's character, honesty, and optimism inspired his illustrations in this book.

Rudy teaches at the Pratt Institute. He received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and was commissioned to do art for the acclaimed Santana Shaman CD cover. He also illustrated Malcolm X, an ALA Notable Children's Book. Rudy lives in Bogota, New Jersey.

El trabajo del premiado artista Rudy Gutiérrez se ha exhibido por todos los Estados Unidos e internacionalmente. También creó el arte para la cubierta del CD de Santana llamado Shaman. Rudy es profesor en el Instituto Pratt y vive en Bogota, Nueva Jersey.


"Gutierrez['s] high-energy, full-bleed illustrations...kick up...this tribute to Pele, still soccer's O Rei (The King)."--ALA Booklist
"Told in a dual English/Spanish text, this inspiring blend of art and story scores a winning goal."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Pulsing prose that is a pleasure for the adult on readaloud duty to deliver. Gutiérrez matches aural with visual delight in mixed-media double page spreads that sizzle with energy."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Gutiérrez's illustrations give the book an exciting burst of energy. The pages convey the vigor and panache of World Cup Soccer. Text and pictures collaborate seamlessly."--School Library Journal
"With great skill, Brown tells the story of the poor boy from Brazil who loved fútbol more than anything else and became the biggest soccer star the world has ever known."
"Any kid who loves soccer should know the legend of Pelé. A Brazilian boy who practiced soccer barefoot because he couldn't afford shoes grew up to be one of the greatest soccer players on earth, leading his team to the World Cup finals. Bonus, it's bilingual."--Brightly