Freddie Ramos Springs into Action (Zapato Power Series #2)

Freddie Ramos Springs into Action (Zapato Power Series #2)

by Jacqueline Jules, Miguel Benitez
     
 

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In this sequel, Freddie has shoes that give him super speed. It's hard to be a superhero and a regular kid at the same time, especially when your shoes give you even more power! Freddie needs an on/off switch for his super speed, so Mr. Vaslov, who created the shoes, decides to invent a remote control, but he gets more than he planned. When his young neighbor's

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In this sequel, Freddie has shoes that give him super speed. It's hard to be a superhero and a regular kid at the same time, especially when your shoes give you even more power! Freddie needs an on/off switch for his super speed, so Mr. Vaslov, who created the shoes, decides to invent a remote control, but he gets more than he planned. When his young neighbor's ball goes missing, Freddie uses his new powers to find it... and save Mr. Vaslov!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—"Zoom! Zoom! Zapato!" Freddie Ramos is back. This short and sweet chapter book sees the curious and kindhearted Freddie asking part inventor, part maintenance man Mr. Vaslov if he can make an on-off switch for his super speedy purple zapatos. Mr. Vaslov tells Freddie he will work on it. All of a sudden, though, the man is missing, and then he mysteriously calls Freddie, only to hang up. Freddie zooms into action, and a technical error on the inventor's part, along with Freddie's need to help, ends up saving the day. Benítez's line illustrations are a delight; even in black and white, they jump off the page, and children will appreciate the characters' great facial expressions. The use of varying fonts and sizes adds emphasis and is likely to appeal to even the most unkeen readers. The book is peppered with Spanish words and phrases. Engaging and fast-paced, this title will bait many young imaginations, particularly among the Flat Stanley crowd.—Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews
Still hoping to find an occasion to be a superhero, Freddie Ramos finds it hard to keep the superspeed he gets from his shoes a secret in daily life. Mr. Vaslov, their inventor, gives him a wristband he hopes will control them, but instead of slowing down his shoes, it gives him a super spring. This sequel to Freddie Ramos Takes Off (2009) presumes knowledge of that title. There's the barest minimum of explanation of the shoes or introduction of the characters. On the other hand, there's plenty of action as Freddie twice rescues his neighbor's ball, makes excuses to avoid running so his shoes won't smoke and gets stuck in a tree before performing a heroic rescue. Freddie's Hispanic heritage shows in descriptions of food and references to his deceased abuela, both worked in naturally. Cartoon art by Benítez accompanies the large-font text; the book looks accessible, although sentences do extend across page breaks. Boys who are able early readers will particularly appreciate this series; a third title is already on the way. (Fiction. 6-8)
From the Publisher

"There's plenty of action as Freddie twice rescues his neighbor's ball, makes excuses to avoid running so his shoes won't smoke and gets stuck in a tree before performing a heroic rescue. Boys who are able early readers will particularly appreciate this series." Kirkus Reviews

"Engaging and fast-paced, this title will bait many young imaginations, particularly among the Flat Stanley crowd." School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807594810
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
09/01/2010
Series:
Zapato Power Series , #2
Pages:
92
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Jacqueline Jules wishes she could run like Freddie in his magic purple sneakers, but she is satisfied with walking around her northern Virginia neighborhood. Jacqueline is the author of numerous other books for children, including Duck for Turkey Day. She is also a librarian, teacher, and poet. She can be found online at www.jacquelinejules.com.

Miguel Benitez likes to describe himself as a "part-time day dreamer and full-time doodler." He lives with his wife and two cats in England.

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