Book review: El Fútbol Me Hace Feliz, by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Boelts, Maribeth. El Fútbol Me Hace Feliz. Illustrated by Lauren Castillo. Candlewick Press, 2015. $6.99. ISBN 9780763689056. Unp. Ages 5-9. P8Q9

boelts-futbolSierra loves soccer. When she is playing, she couldn’t be happier—she only wishes her aunt were there to watch her. Now that she’s joined a new team, she doesn’t have to practice in the vacant lot near her apartment; however, she now travels on the weekends to surrounding fields to play. Sierra’s aunt works weekends and is a noticeable absence from her games. After a season of lonely games, it is up to Sierra to figure out how to share her passion for soccer with her aunt. El Fútbol Me Hace Feliz, is a Spanish translation of an English language publication. The English version is written using figurative language that is not equally matched by the translated text. Nonetheless, the genuine story is intact. The illustrations are friendly watercolors—often in the muted monochrome tones of the inner-city. Due to the popularity of soccer across cultural and socioeconomic boundaries, this translated version and the original will be popular additions to public and school libraries.

October 2016 review by Lillian Curanzy.

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