Lucía the Luchadora and the Million Masks

Lucía the Luchadora and the Million Masks

Picture Book - 2018
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Lucía's little sister Gemma wants to be a luchadora like her big sister, but she is more bumble and splat than pizzazz and seems to find trouble wherever she goes. When Gemma makes a ginormous hole in Lucía's mask, her little sister seems to get away with everything. But Lucía's grandmother, Abu, has an idea: a trip to the mercado to get Gemma her very own lucha libre mask. There are so many masks to choose from, and Lucía cant resist trying on masks and imagining all the new secret identities she could have if she had endless masks. When Lucía realizes shes misplaced her special silver mask, a frantic search ensues with Gemma's help. Lucía the Luchadora's big heart is on display again in her latest adventure, where she learns that some things, including trouble making little sisters, are one of a kind.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : POW!, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781576878941
Branch Call Number: XXF GARZA, CYNTHIA
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Bermudez, Alyssa - Illustrator


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Jan 23, 2019

“It is not always about winning or losing,” Abu says. “Remember, the best adventures are shared.”

Jan 23, 2019

“She could become a different luchadora Every! Single! Day! I could really become ANYTHING I dreamed of being.”


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Jan 23, 2019

Lucía the Luchadora and the Million Masks reads like an animated show you’d see on maybe PBS. It is entertaining, energetic, full of personality and lessons are quietly slipped in. It has three primary characters and they are all female—but the narrative and its illustrative style reminds me of more male-centered books.

It navigates siblings beautifully. Garza acknowledges Lucía’s feelings and uses a wise, nonplussed grandmother figure to move perspective into more constructive territory. Abu agrees that what Gemma did wasn’t right, reminds Lucía that Gemma isn’t malevolent, and reminds us all that nurturing competitiveness isn’t the healthy option here: “It is not always about winning or losing,” Abu says. “Remember, the best adventures are shared.”

Both the storytelling and illustrations appear effortless. Lucía the Luchadora and the Million Masks is so much fun to read—Garza and Bermudez leading the reader/listener into taking on different voices, tonal shifts, sound effects… It is entertaining and heartwarming…and invigorating.


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