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Holiday House

We Play Soccer

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Kirkus calls We Play Soccer (Holiday House) by Rene Colato Lainez, illustrated by Nomar Perez "A bright, sweet story about friendship, teamwork, and the joy of soccer." The review also says "The illustrations are vibrant, and characters are depicted having various shades of light brown skin. Backmatter helpfully provides direct translations of words that appear in the story." We Play Soccer will be published in January 2022.


Nomar Perez

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Painted Words, Inc
Suite 24
NEW YORK, NY 10025
United States

illustration of Colorful image of tiger among plants with starry sky
illustration of Image from Picture Book
illustration of Image from picture book Coqui in the City- colorful city street scene with pedestrians, bikes, wheel chaire and delivery men


Nomar Perez was born on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where he grew up in the city of Ponce, a unique city with new and Old Spanish colonial architecture and an amazing array of colors, sounds, and flavors. These aspects of his Puerto Rican culture have influenced Nomar throughout his artistic life. After leaving his homeland at the age of 10 for the U.S., Nomar found himself in touch with all types of media, including animation, puppetry, and computer art. He studied computer animation and painting at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and since then has worked as an illustrator and designer on humor, kids, and young adult products for over 17 years in the social expressions market. Nomar has had the opportunity to work on a variety of children books including both educational and mainstream markets.


Gouache, Stylized, Watercolor, Whimsical


Animals, Botanical, Children, Children's Books, Urban