Level Up / Paso de nivel

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David is obsessed with reaching the next level in his favorite video game. Whether he's playing BunnyBot Fighters or Ultimate Rhino Races, he's so single minded in his pursuit of reaching the next level that he turns down invitations from friends to play outside. But one day, his game quits working, and he's on “Level Sad.” So, with nothing else to do, he reluctantly goes outside to play.

“Today I'm trying to skateboard. I have to learn to stand on the skateboard while it rolls, without falling off. It feels like...

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Overview

David is obsessed with reaching the next level in his favorite video game. Whether he's playing BunnyBot Fighters or Ultimate Rhino Races, he's so single minded in his pursuit of reaching the next level that he turns down invitations from friends to play outside. But one day, his game quits working, and he's on “Level Sad.” So, with nothing else to do, he reluctantly goes outside to play.

“Today I'm trying to skateboard. I have to learn to stand on the skateboard while it rolls, without falling off. It feels like I'm on Level One of a really hard game.” But if he can master staying on the board, his friend Michael will show him how to do turns, and “that'll be like Level Two.” Soon, David is doing turns and is ready to learn how to do jumps!

Still unable to play video games, David lets his friend Bianca convince him to try playing basketball. Dribbling is hard, but David wants to level up so he'll get a new red jersey. Pretty soon, he's on Level 12 of skateboarding and Level 8 of basketball, and he's ready to try diving and dirt biking. Eventually his video game is fixed, but by then he has discovered that leveling up in real life is more exciting than leveling up on the screen.

Popular kids' book author Gwendolyn Zepeda teams up again with artist and illustrator Pablo Torrecilla to create a lively story that will have young readers laughing in commiseration with a kid consumed by imaginary goals. Following up on their acclaimed I Kick the Ball / Pateo el balón , this talented pair has once again crafted an appealing bilingual picture book that will encourage kids ages 5 to 9 to get off the couch and get moving.

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A boy reluctantly joins his friends outside for some competitive sports when his fascination with video games is unexpectedly interrupted after his device stops functioning. Unfazed by invitations from friends to play outside, this slightly heavyset, glassy-eyed gamer is consumed with desire to reach each new level as he scores more and more points, munching candy and snack foods as he does. Only when the game player breaks can David even consider listening to his companions and go outside. He finally agrees to learn how to skateboard, play basketball and ride a dirt bike, taking the healthy foods his friends offer when he realizes he's left his junk food at home. The importance of outdoor play that encourages physical movement with a dose of socialization comes through clearly. It is told through a first-person bilingual narrative complemented by clean, sleek digital-style cartoon art. As the boy's rounded, sedentary look slims to a leaner, more engaged physique, readers see the value of exercise. David understands this improvement through the lens of a video game: At first, he's on "Level 1 of skateboarding," but pretty soon he moves up to Level 12. This agreeably didactic tale clearly makes the point; it might be most useful as an introductive resource for classroom discussion followed by active participation. (Picture book. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558857476
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,458,581
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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