Pelé: The King of Soccer Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" I don’t know much about soccer and I have definitely have not heard of Pelé before. However, I found this book to be quite informative and learned a lot about Pelé. I thought the graphics were wonderful as well. Even though I recommend this book, I would only purchase for libraries in which soccer books or informative graphic novels are in-demand. " said.

" This middle grade graphic biography was so very interesting. And also it had such extremely tiny print. Was it too much detail for the intended audience? Maybe. But I loved the play-by-play of the important games in Pele's life, and also the rich and colorful history of the sport, and the man, and the country. Solid. " said.

" I read a book about sports! An enjoyable graphic biography of one of World Soccer's greats. FYI: mentions his penchant for affairs and children out of wedlock. " said.

" This comic biography starts strong, but gets choppy somewhere near the middle, with controversies and biographical details begging for more information abandoned quickly between repetitive accounts of important soccer matches. Still, a diverting account of one of the sport's superstars, with plenty of cues for further research. " said.

" Bringing the amazing story of this Brazilian superstar to a new generation, Pele gives a balanced look at the life of Edson Arantes do Nascimento from childhood to retirement. Pele lived a very interesting life and impressed millions on and off the field. Middle grade students and teens will love this GN version of Pele's life. " said.

" Excellent hagiography, if you're into that kind of thing. Simon covers all of Pele's most important games, a little bit about where he grew up, barely anything about his relationships and children. Key points seem to be: Pele is very good scoring goals and Pele is a true humanitarian. While those things are certainly true, it'd be nice to read about Pele as a full human being, flaws and all. " said.

" I don’t know a lot about soccer or have much interest in it but decided to give this graphic novel about the greatest soccer player of all time, Pele, a chance since many of my students are into soccer. I didn’t love it but I stuck with it and definitely learned some new things. If you’re into soccer you’ll probably enjoy it, if not, you may struggle with staying interested. " said.

"A quite detailed biography in graphic novel format which provides the reader not just with an overview of the soccer legend's life but also gives insights into Brazil's modern history, its socio-economic and political struggles and challenges, all the way through to 2014. It is of course a special treat for all soccer fans. Dormant readers will especially appreciate the sparse, yet informative text. I am not an expert on Pelé but this biography feels and reads like a very honest account, not leaving out the legend's weaknesses -for example with regards to women. Due to some more mature content, I find the book most suitable for older readers (middle grades up)." said.

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