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by Peter Sís & illustrated by Peter Sís

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-374-34702-4
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

For fans fresh off the excitement of the World Cup, joyful Madlenka is back, but she’s not walking around the block—this time she’s dribbling, turning and twisting with her brand-new soccer ball. Is there anyone who can challenge her? On the way to the courtyard, Madlenka meets many worthy opponents, all of whom come to life in her irrepressible imagination. The mailbox has a chance to steal the ball, but it’s too clunky. The parking meter is more agile, but Madlenka still darts past. Can the pack of cats stop her? No way. GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! The cheer reverberates in a bursting double-page spread. Cleopatra and other friends from the block join Madlenka at the courtyard. Although this Madlenka adventure forgoes travel to exotic lands, the familiar global orientation is still shown in her multicultural playmates. A story not quite as intricate as the exuberant girl's fans might hope; nevertheless, a sweet, vuvuzela-free homage to a beloved sport around the globe. (history of soccer endnote, “soccer” pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 4-8)