Madani’s Best Game

Madani's Best Game

Madani is the neighborhood soccer star, who plays on his bare feet. Everyone watches when he plays and wonders what he could do if he only had a proper pair of cleats. Madani is saving money, but not for soccer shoes. Instead, he buys a new sewing machine for his mother. The story is narrated by one of Madani’s teammates. The author explains that the story was inspired by his work with immigrant families. The beautiful, smudgy illustrations, created with pencil, gouache, and colored pencil, capture the city neighborhood and the movement of the soccer games. mjw

Title: Madani’s Best Game
Author: Fran Pintadera
Illustrator
: Raquel Catalina
Publisher
: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2022
Original Language
: Spanish
Translator
: Lawrence Schimel
Original Title
: La mejor jugada de Madani
Original Publisher
: Ediciones Ekare. Barcelona, Spain
Original Copyright
: 2021
ISBN
: 978-0-8028-5597-8
Hardcover pages
: 48
Age range
: 5-9
Genre
: Picture book, Sports fiction
Book setting
: Spain
Author’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Author’s residence
: Spain
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Spanish
Illustrator’s residence
: Spain
Subjects
: Immigrant life, Love, Poverty, Sewing machines, Shoes, Soccer, Teamwork, Values

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