Sumo Libre


By Joe Cepeda

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$24.99 CAD




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What do you get when you mix sumo wrestling and Lucha libre? Find out in this funny and exuberant cross-cultural story celebrating two iconic wrestling styles, perfect for fans of Yuyi Morales's Niño Wrestles the World.

Max loves to wrestle, and thinks lucha libre is the best sport ever!
Kenji loves to wrestle, and thinks sumo wrestling is the best sport ever times 1000!

What was an enjoyable day showing off their favorite wrestling moves has now turned into a nasty disagreement. But when Max and Kenji go their separate ways, they quickly learn that wrestling is no fun by yourself. With apologies exchanged and a friendship restored, Max and Kenji turn their love of wrestling into a magical day for their neighbors.

In this exciting mash up of lucha libre and sumo wrestling, Sumo Libre teaches how to overcome differences and work together to create something special.

  • "The text is subtly funny and presents a fresh cultural mashup."
    Horn Book
  • Praise for Rafa Counts on Papá:

    "With a dearth of stories showing the camaraderie between father and son, this book deserves a place on the shelves." —School Library Journal

    "This colorful picture book is a love letter to math as well as to the immeasurable beauty of love. Readers will have a blast identifying the many items on each page, from an abacus to a drawer full of pocket watches and a bucket full of baseballs." —Booklist

    "The pleasure that this father-son duo take in being together is palpable…. A charming book to remind kids that they are loved." —Kirkus Reviews

    “Cepeda offers a STEM-inspired spin on the connection between a Latinx-cued father and son in this appealing, measurement-oriented picture book.” —Publishers Weekly

On Sale
Jun 4, 2024
Page Count
40 pages

Joe Cepeda

About the Author

Joe Cepeda is an award-winning illustrator of more than thirty-five books for children. He has illustrated books written by numerous notable authors, including Gary Soto, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Arnold Adoff, Monica Brown, Julius Lester, and Toni Morrison. Joe is the author-illustrator of Rafa Counts on Pápa and several early readers from the I Like to Read series, including Up, I Dig, I See, and I Hop. He received his B.F.A. in illustration from California State University, Long Beach, and served as the president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles for over a decade. Joe lives in Southern California.

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