Madlenka: Soccer Star
written and illustrated by Peter Sis
(Frances Foster Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Madlenka is mad about soccer. As she dribbles her soccer ball on the way to the courtyard, she meets several imaginary opponents. Street meters, garbage cans, and small dogs are no match for this soccer superstar. A team of cats stands in front of her, but Madlenka is able to use her skills to dribble by them and score. The cheers of the mythical crowd are still ringing in her ears as she meets her friend Cleopatra to play in the courtyard.
I'm a little biased since Sis's The Wall is one of my all time faves, but his two page spreads are terrific. The one with Madlenka facing the team of cats is a combination of humor, imagination, and soccer info. Young readers familiar with soccer will enjoy reading the simple text and connecting with the illustrations. I also think this book would be a hit with English Language Learners. Many of these students that I have worked with have had a great deal of background knowledge when it comes to soccer. In the back of the book, Peter Sis has included a cool history of soccer and an illustration of a globe surrounded by the word for soccer in several different languages. If you want to see why I like this book, click on the link below for a book trailer.