Lucía the Luchadora is the powerhouse debut picture book of author Cynthia Leonor Garza, and illustrator Alyssa Bermudez. It reinforces that girls can equal and surpass boys in sport, encourages compassion and helping others, all while being a heaping ton of fun.
She enters the playground with a “Pow,” and a “Bam,” but the boys tell Lucia that girls can’t be superheroes. Lucía tells her Abuela about her problem and learns a secret, her Abuela used to be a special kind of superhero, a luchadora. Lucía is given her Abuela’s mask and cape and when she wears them to school, other kids start to wear capes and masks too. When an emergency arises at school Lucía is the one to swoop into action and save the day, proving that girls can be superheroes.
The text is splatted and swirled onto the pages in unexpected places in rainbow colors. The illustrations are fresh, expressive, and bold with plenty of details for young eyes to dive into on every page. Besides the great look and message Lucía the Luchadora can be used by educators as an example of onomatopoeia. From the eye catching cover, to the beautiful end papers, to all of the pages in between, this book wins.
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Page Count: 32