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Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (Zapato Power)…

Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash (Zapato Power)

by Jacqueline Jules

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Fans of Freddie Ramos will enjoy this latest addition to the series. It's summer, and Freddie's first meeting with his new neighbor Erika isn't auspicious: she grabs a wallet that Freddie has just found and takes off. His superhero powers stand him in good stead, and he manages to get the wallet back and see it returned to its rightful owner, but Erika promises to pay him back. He is taking swimming lessons at his summer daycamp, and when his white backpack that had his goggles and his treasured zapatos (shoes) inside disappears, he remembers Erika's threat. Fortunately, Freddie listens to his friends before accusing her of stealing his backpack, and as he investigates further, he discovers it had become mixed up with some towels at the pool. He manages to deal with her bullying behavior successfully, and the sweet story ends on a hopeful note. Engaging characters and energetic comic book style drawings sprinkled throughout make this a great choice for students who are transitioning to chapter books.

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  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Thanks to his super powered zapatos, Freddie is the neighborhood super hero. However his summer’s off to an iffy start. Freddie’s learning to swim at summer camp. But he hasn’t even put his face in the water yet. When a bully shows up at Starwood Park, Freddie’s shoes go missing. Is the bully to blame? And how can Freddie investigate without his zapato’s super-speed?

Super hero Freddie Ramos is back in this fourth edition of the Zapato Powers series. Summer has arrived and Freddie is in the pool learning to swim, but he will not get his face wet. A bully, riding a green bike, is taunting others and swiping their stuff. Plus, someone is leaving wads of purple gum on the sidewalks of Starwood Park. Freddie has quite a summer this year. He steps on the purple wads of gum, losing his super-speed. The green bike bully is mean, unrelenting, fast, and . . . a girl! And, he loses his white backpack at the pool. Did the green bike bully take Freddie’s white backpack? Can he walk fast enough to catch the bully wearing his flip-flops? Who is going to clean up all those wads of gum on the sidewalk?

This is a fun read. I have not read any of the other books that precede this one, yet I had no trouble getting up to speed (no pun intended). By the end of the second page, I knew everything I needed to enjoy the story. The short chapter book is a fast, fun, and funny read. Both boys and girls will like this one. I read a Kindle version and the illustrations, those that appeared, were simple line drawings. I saw those same drawings, and more, as an Adobe Digital Edition and they had wonderful detail, finer lines, and more saturation. For example, the full-page fireworks scene pops in the Adobe version, while on the Kindle it becomes less than a half page in size and is rather dull. This is also available in a hardback print edition, which is the best version.

Illustrations aside, Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash will have you wishing for summer fun. After reading the fourth book, I now want to go back and read the first three, but that is not necessary to enjoy this one. It stands on its own merits without any purple bubble gum to hold it up. Freddie Ramos, with his super powered purple sneakers, is an adorable character with lasting power, in addition to super-speed.

Note: received from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher. ( )
  smmorris | Jan 15, 2012 |
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Freddie Ramos's adventures continue! Thanks to his superpowered zapatos, Freddie is the neighborhood superhero. However his summer's off to an iffy start. Freddie's learning to swim at camp, but he hasn't even put his face in the water yet. When a bully shows up at Starwood Park, Freddie's shoes go missing. Is the bully to blame? And how can Freddie investigate without his zapatos' super speed?

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When a bully shows up at Starwood Park, Freddie's super-powered zapatos go missing. Is the bully to blame? And how can Freddie investigate without his super-speed?

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