Zapato Power:
Freddie Ramos Springs Into Action

Illustrated by Miguel Benitez
Albert Whitman & Company, 2010
Ages 6-8/Grades 1-3
ISBN: 9780807594810, $14.99, HC
ISBN: 9780807594834, $4.99, PB



Zapato Power book trailer

Sneakers With Power:
The Ballad of Freddie Ramos

Zapato Power Activity Guide Zapato Power Press Release

In this sequel to Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off, a boy with super-powered purple sneakers finds it’s hard to be a superhero and a regular kid at the same time. There aren’t too many superhero jobs at elementary school. And super speed is not easy to keep secret. Can Freddie learn how to control his super speed in time to help out a friend in trouble? 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.

The third book in this series is Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue, released in March 2011, and the fourth is Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash, released in February 2012.

Zapato Power on AWC Podcast

Zapato Power on Reading Rockets 2010 Big Summer Read

Zapato Power

Star "[T]here’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....Boys who are able early readers will particularly appreciate this series; a third title is already on the way." Kirkus Reviews

Star "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." School Library Journal, October 2010.

Star "This entertaining book is perfect for action-loving readers who are just launching into independent chapter books." A Wrung Sponge, August 30, 2012. 

Star "Likeable characters in fast-paced, recognizable activities make these novels appealing and accessible to newly independent readers." Reading Rockets 2011 Big Summer Read Recommended Books for 6-9 Year Olds.

Star "This is a great early chapter series. I love Freddie Ramos and the community the author is building around him. The story moves at a great pace and there's a lot of action." TheHappyNappyBookseller, July 28, 2011.

Star "This entertaining book is perfect for action-loving readers who are just launching into independent chapter books. . . . [G]raphic novel elements are a siren's call for today's visual kids. They make it a quick and exciting read even for those not confident in their budding skills." A wrung sponge, August 30, 2012.

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