By Eddy Simon & Illustrated by Vincent Brascaglia
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pele, grew up in poverty in the Sao Paulo region of Brazil. He was too poor to afford a real soccer ball, so he played with a ball of newspaper tied together with string. Yet he dominated the youth leagues and signed his first professional soccer contract at the age of fifteen. Within two years he was celebrated internationally, when he led Brazil to victory at the world cup. Known by his fans as -O Rei- (The King), Pele is widely regarded as the greatest soccer player of all time. But he's more than just an athlete: he also traveled the world as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Pele is the living symbol of a sport he dubbed -the beautiful game---a game that brings people together regardless of race or nationality.
Graphic Novel for ages 8-12
Eddy Simon has written for several newspapers and started to write graphic novels in 2016. His comics books have been published by several french editors and some have been translated to foreign countries. He is the author of Pele.
Vincent Brascaglia began his career by illustrating school books. He was first published in magazines, then started to work on Pele . Today, he continues his illustration work and has taken on some new graphic novel projects.