Review of Freddie Ramos Springs into Action, by Jacqueline Jules

Zapato Power, Book Two

Freddie Ramos Springs into Action

by Jacqueline Jules
art by Miguel Benitez

Albert Whitman & Company, Chicago, 2010. 77 pages.

Here’s a second book about Freddie Ramos, a kid who lives with his single mom in an apartment complex — but a kid who has super-powered shoes.

It turns out to be a problem in school, because Freddie can’t help but be super fast any time he runs. Mr. Vaslov, who invented the purple sneakers, needs to invent a way to turn the super speed on and off. Freddie finds the wristband Mr. Vaslov is working on, but where is Mr. Vaslov? Should he try the invention out, or is it ready?

This book is a perfect first chapter book. The story is short and simple, with eight short chapters and lots of pictures, but has the wonderful fantasy of super shoes, and a problem to solve. It begs the question: What would you do if you had super powered sneakers?

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Source: This review is based on a library book from the Fairfax County Public Library.

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