By Jacqueline Jules, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: December 6, 2010
Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off(Book 1)
by Jacqueline Jules (Author), Miguel Benitez (Author)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 88 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (March 1, 2010)
ISBN: 9780807594803 / $14.99
Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Springs into Action (Book 2)
By Jacqueline Jules (Author), Miguel Benitez (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Library Binding: 88 pages
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (September 1, 2010)
ISBN: 9780807594810 / $14.99
“Designed for early readers, this chapter book includes frequent black-and-white cartoon illustrations . . . . The few Spanish words establish the boy’s ethnicity but will be understood in context. . . . An unusually appealing early chapter book.” — Kirkus Reviews.
“Black-and-white comic-book-style illustrations boost the story’s energy and set Freddie up as a superhero. . . . Freddie fills a gap in most early chapter book collections as a Hispanic hero for new and reluctant readers. . . ” — School Library Journal.
What would you do if you had super speed? In Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off, a boy receives a mysterious box with super-powered purple sneakers. From that day on, Freddie searches for ways to be a superhero. But can you be a hero and still go to elementary school? That’s Freddie’s challenge in the sequel, Freddie Ramos Springs into Action, as he tries to help his friends and family at Starwood Park. With comic-book style illustrations and large font, this new chapter book series provides adventure, mystery, and a lovable main character for reluctant and newly independent readers.
About the author: Jacqueline Jules wishes she could run like Freddie in his magic purple sneakers, but she is happy taking long walks near her Northern Virginia home. She is the award-winning author of several other books for young readers including Duck for Turkey Day, No English and Unite or Die: How Thirteen States Became a Nation. Visit her at www.jacquelinejules.com
About the illustrator: Miguel Benitez likes to describe himself as “part-time daydreamer and a full-time doodler.” He lives with his wife and two cats in England.
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