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Zapato Power:
Freddie Ramos Takes Off

Illustrated by Miguel Benitez
Albert Whitman & Company, 2010
Ages 6-8/Grades 1-3
ISBN: 9780807594803, $14.99, HC
ISBN: 9780807594797, $4.99 PB

 

 

Zapato Power book trailer

Sneakers With Power:
The Ballad of Freddie Ramos

Zapato Power Activity Guide Print and Color Freddie's Super Shoe

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.

The second in this series, Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Springs into Action, was released September 1, 2010. The third, Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue, was released in March 2011. And the fourth, Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash, was released in February 2012.

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off Wins Short Chapter Books Category 2010 Cybils Literary Award

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off Nominated for Oregon Association of School Libraries Beverly Cleary Children's Choice Award

Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off Honored in Maryland Blue Crab Young Reader Awards Transitional Fiction Category

ALSC 2011-2012 School Age Programs and Services Committee recommends Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off as a Great Early Elementary Read!

Zapato Power in the Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011, 5-9 category

Zapato Power Named a Cynsational Book of 2010

Zapato Power on AWC Podcast

Zapato Power on Reading Rockets 2010 Big Summer Read

Zapato Power Named Cybils Award Finalist

Zapato Power

Star "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.

Star "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.

Star "Exciting, empowering, and fun and it's for our readers who know how to read and are looking for a book that makes it worth their while! Yipppeeee!" -- A Book and a Hug. Read the review.

Star "A good-humored protagonist, intriguing mystery and short, fast-paced chapters will engage kids learning to read on their own. . . . Eager and reluctant readers alike will zip through this chapter book by Jacqueline Jules quicker than Freddie in his winged shoes." -- Washington Parent. Read the review.

Star "There were two things about this story that really resonated with me – Freddie is so happy and positive in every situation. I imagined the young boy with a permanent smile on his face. The other was that while he was determined to be a superhero, Freddie soon learns that helping people by using his clever mind to think out solutions is much more effective. -- Feathered Quill Book Reviews, March 9, 2010. Read the full review.

Star "Author Jules and illustrator Benitez have given us a completely fresh character in Freddie Ramos, a Latino grade-schooler . . . . Even without his amazing shoes, Freddie’s kind heart and willingness to help would make him a hero, and I think that many readers--myself included--will be rooting for him for many years to come." -- The Cybils, 2010. Read the full review.

Star "The text is sprinkled with Spanish words, but their meaning is always put in context, making them easy for beginning readers to figure out. Miguel Benitez's black-and-white illustrations lend a comic-book style that fits in perfectly with the superhero theme." -- The Cath in the Hat, February 15, 2011. Read the full review.

Star "This disarmingly simple story is skillfully written. The setting is urban, and the characters are poor but hardworking, respectful and loving. Freddie’s Mom is an excellent single parent role model. . . . Frequent black and white cartoon illustrations by Miguel Benitez add popular appeal. . . . I’m always looking for short chapter books to recommend to our students who are too advanced for beginning readers but lose heart before making it to the end of a chapter book.  This series fits the bill very nicely." -- Webster Bible Church and Webster Christian School Library Blog, February 26, 2011. Read the full review.

Star "Written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Miguel Benitez, Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off is an exciting story for children who are ready for chapter books and are fans of mystery and mild science fiction." -- Examiner.com (Chicago). Read the full review.

Star "This is a wonderful short chapter book series that packs a powerful message while still being a fun read." -- PragmaticMom blog. Read the full review.

Star "This was a very fun read. Freddie Ramos is great. He's just an ordinary boy who is given a special gift. . . . I love that it features a male protagonist of color." -- The Happy Nappy Bookseller, April 13, 2011. Read the full review.

Star "The author, Jacqueline Jules, leaves the reader wanting to read the sequel when Freddie finds out the shoes came from an inventor. Zapato Power had me laughing out loud. I loved the fresh voice of a Hispanic main character. I highly recommend this early chapter book with fantasy elements for the Hispanic boy, but it is so fun, it will appeal to a wide range of children." --Boys and Reading, Writing and Learning, July 13, 2011. Read the full review.

Star "I hope there is another book about Freddie." -- Student review by Ronald R.



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