21 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off by Jacqueline Jules

My 9-year-old son read this book and then told me what he thought about it. He said that liked the story and thought it had some funny parts. He liked the storyline about the shoes, but he felt like he knew what was going to happen the whole time. I asked him if he’d be interested in reading another book with Freddie in it and he said yes, so we’re giving this one four stars. Any series he’s willing to follow is a good thing. I will say that I thought the reading level was a little too easy for him in 3rd grade. I might suggest this for 1st and 2nd graders starting to read chapter books or to 3rd or 4th graders who are working on comprehension. For pleasure reading though, it’s a good one for the boys and girls alike.

One day Freddie Ramos comes home from school and finds a strange box just for him. What’s inside? ZAPATO POWER-shoes that change Freddie’s life by giving him super speed! But what will Freddie do with his fast new skills? Weird things are happening at the Starwood Park Apartments where he lives, and his friends at school need his help. Is Freddie Ramos ready to be a hero? In this imaginative new story by Jacqueline Jules, an ordinary boy in a city neighborhood learns how to use his new-found powers for good. Illustrations by Miguel Benitez lend just a touch of comic-book style to this chapter book adventure.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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