The Great and Mighty Nikko!

Xavier Garza. Cinco Puntos (Consortium, dist.), $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-935955-82-5
Garza (Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel) once again draws on the culture of Mexico’s lucha libre wrestling in this bilingual counting book. Drawing in an unabashedly florid cartoon style, Garza shows a boy named Nikko playing with costumed figurines on his bed. “Those are just toys, silly,” his mother says dismissively. “But it’s true!” Nikko counters. “They’ve turned my bed into a lucha libre ring.” The caped, batlike first wrestler climbs into the ring: “Mom, there’s a luchador wrestling on my bed. One!” Another wrestler with a mask like that of an Aztec god holds out his arms to challenge the first: “Mom, now there are two luchadores wrestling on my bed.” Nikko offers similar exclamations as additional wrestlers join the fray, reacting to each other with marvelously exaggerated snarls. Of course Nikko, dressed in his own luchador costume, defeats them all: “Now there are ten luchadores wrestling on my bed!” While the counting format hobbles the story’s energy rather than driving it, the bilingual text and high-octane action give this work bonus points. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 05/11/2015
Release date: 08/01/2015
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 32 pages - 978-1-935955-84-9
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