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Manolito Four-Eyes (1994)

by Elvira Lindo

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Series: Grande encyclopédie de la vie de Manolito (1)

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Recounts the exploits of the irrepressible Manolito as he navigates the world of his small Madrid neighborhood, along with his grandpa, his little brother, and his school friends.
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A children's classic in Spain, finally translated in English. The illustrations look kind of Quentin Blake-ish!
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Chronicles the adventures of a boy living in Madrid with a cast that includes school his friends, his little brother, and his eccentric grandpa. This one didn't really work for me. I suspect that it's a difficult thing for an author writing from the 1st person POV of a child to find just the right balance between sounding too precocious and turning kid dialect into a poor caricature. I'm afraid Lindo misses the mark here for me and veers way too far into caricature land, although to be fair, it could be a matter of cultural difference or a not-great translation. At any rate, it won't make any of my Favorites lists. ( )
  electrascaife | Mar 3, 2021 |
What a cute, funny, special and wonderful little book about a VERY funny little Spanish boy living in the outskirts of Madrid. I enjoyed reading it in every sense and I really laughed hard every other page... and I certainly improved my Spanish! I recommend this book to all Spanish learners who want to be entertained while improving their Spanish skills! ;)
The little adventures of Manolito and his friends and family are just great to read, even for an almost adult reader like me! He is soooo sweet :D.
Como molo! ( )
  catalina8 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Manolito is a phenomenon in Spain (or so they tell me) and I can see why. What a voice this character has! Manolito wears glasses and has an annoying baby brother and friends who don’t always stick by him and bullies who pick on him and a grandfather who takes up for him whenever he can.

I liked this book so much.

A 1001 CBYMRBYGU. ( )
  debnance | Jun 27, 2014 |
If Goscinny's Nicolas had married a woman from Spain...Manolito Four-Eyes would be their son. Elvira Lindo's best-seller in Spain has been translated into various languages - finally English! and also made into a tv show. Manolito is definitely the heir of Goscinny's Nicolas.

His language is a little rougher, he's more into "gross" and tv is a definite part of his life, but under the skin he's another Nicolas. Not outstanding among his peers, just an ordinary little boy - who drives all the adults crazy! He has the same authentic voice as Nicolas, and almost the same naive indifference to the havoc he creates around him. I enjoyed this book quite a bit - but it's one that may or may not be a hit on the library shelves.

Verdict: If you can get a few kids to appreciate the humor and fresh voice of Manolito, this could be quite popular, but it will take some booktalking.

ISBN: 978-0761453031; Published March 2008 by Marshall Cavendish; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Oct 30, 2011 |
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Elvira Lindoprimary authorall editionscalculated
Kozhuharova, StefkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Urberuaga, EmilioIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Para Antonio Muñoz Molina, mi vida
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Me llamo Manolito García Moreno, pero si tú entras a mi barrio y le preguntas alprimer tío que pase:
—Oiga, por favor, ¿Manolito García Moreno?
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Recounts the exploits of the irrepressible Manolito as he navigates the world of his small Madrid neighborhood, along with his grandpa, his little brother, and his school friends.

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