for Manolito Four-Eyes
by Elvira Lindo
and Emilio Urberuaga
Humor isn’t lost in this translation of a novel from Spain about Manolito García Moreno—aka Manolito Four-Eyes—a one-of-a-kind young narrator. The voice of ten-year-old Manolito is big and bold, and he spares no details as he tells it like he sees it. From the tiny apartment where he lives with his parents, his baby brother “Bozo” (Manolito claims that he forgot his real name), and his grandpa, Manolito complains about his mother’s unnecessary rules while at the same time relating tender moments with his beloved grandpa (who is a “whole lotta cool”). At school, glimpses are shown of Manolito’s up-and-down relationship with his best friend, “Big Ears,” his strategies for dealing with his tormentor Ozzy, and the perils of field trips and costumed performances with Miss Asuncíon. While Manolito declares that he would give up his life in the Madrid neighborhood of Carabanchel to claim the throne of a king, it’s clear that despite his rants he is perfectly content as the prince of his own realm. A great classroom read-aloud, this spunky novel also features occasional line and brush illustrations. (Ages 8–11)
CCBC Choices 2009. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009. Used with permission.
The bestselling phenomenon from Spain about ten-year-old Manolito's misadventures in Madrid.
"Don't try to be different," says Manolito's mother. But he can't help it--he doesn't have to try. Whether he's fighting over the One-and-Only Susana, trying not to fight with Ozzy the Bully, telling his entire life story to the school psychologist, or discovering the true meaning of World Peace, ten-year-old Manolito is a real original. As he'd say, in the worldwide world, there's nobody like him! Join the unforgettable Manolito as he takes on life in Madrid. And for the first time, this bestselling phenomenon from Spain is available in English.
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