Children's Books


Ana Crespo

ISBN: 978-0807575383

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Copyright Date: March 1, 2015

Price: $16.99


Brazilian boy Felipe wants to play soccer, but he doesn't have a soccer ball. So, when it's his turn to take one to school, he uses a little bit of creativity... and a few socks. Felipe is the sock thief, but finding socks is not that easy and the neighborhood pets make it even harder. "Au, au, au!" a dog barks in Portuguese. Felipe wonders if he'll play soccer with his friends today or if he will be caught by a tattle-tale parrot? Along the way, Felipe leaves delicious mangoes in exchange for the socks he steals. After he swipes each pair, he twists and turns them into an ever-growing soccer ball. At the end of the day, he returns each pair of socks with a note to say thank you.

Learn how to pronounce the Portuguese words in the book:


Video, animation, and music by Dow Phumiruk


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“Crespo presents a charming story that not only appeals to futebol, or soccer, fans but also to those who possess a creative spirit. She provides a glossary with Portuguese words and scatters a few Portuguese animal sounds throughout the text. Gonzalez paints with a boldness that gives life to the Brazilian setting, adding a little bounce to this futebol-themed picture book. A lively celebration of futebol, culture, and ingenuity.” —SLJ

“Poverty in Brazil probably isn’t as spotless as Gonzalez’s artwork implies, but the feeling of intimacy and decency is welcome. Crespo’s text has a mildly subversive touch–but in the service of the greater good, and it’s clear by the end that the whole neighborhood believes in that greater good.” — Kirkus

“Bright colors, rounded shapes, and the commentary of early-rising animals who witness Felipe’s pilfering add to the charm of the tale, and a glossary of Portuguese terms ‘you can learn and practice with your friends’ extends the fun.” —BCCB

“This book teaches manners, values and a smattering of Portuguese, all in an immensely enjoyable Brazilian tale.” — The Advocate