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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Sean Wants To Be Messi by Tania Preminger is the adorable story of Sean, a second grader, who dreams of being like Messi. While doing his homework with his mom, Sean tells his mother that he does not need math as he is going to be a soccer player like Messi. Sean’s mother takes him to the training field and Sean is nervous. The next day in class, Sean has an argument with Aidan over Messi. Aidan thinks Ronaldo is a better player. Sean’s mother reads the usual story about Messi during bedtime. Will Sean get over his fear of playing soccer the next time his mother takes him to the training field?
This book has some excellent lessons for young readers and the author has done an excellent job weaving them through the story of Sean. The illustrations are bright and full of life, and they keep the scenes moving in an interesting way. The story is about overcoming fears, perseverance, taking advantage of a situation, practice, taking risks, and thinking of new ways to outsmart the opponents. Children who love any kind of sport will benefit from the messages in this book as they are uplifting, encouraging, and motivating. Sean’s character is real and relatable and children will be able to connect with his behavior and problems. Books with motivating messages are always good for children as they find it easy to understand the messages or the concepts that need to be understood through the story.