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Great and Mighty Nikko

School Library Journal

Xavier Garza takes the traditional bedtime story and gives it a festive twist. Nikko is playing with Lucha Libre action figures on his bed. His mother, of course, doesnít want him wrestling on the bed. Nikko is not wrestling; itís the Lucha Libre fighters. His mother points out that they are just toys, but Nikko tells her that his bed has become a Lucha Libre ring. The wrestlers come out one at a time until itís nine against oneóitís Nikko himself who emerges triumphant. What makes this work particularly distinctive is Garzaís art, which is big and bold, with strong colors. The titleís art style has a comic book feel, down to the Growls! and Roars! of the wrestlers. This is a book that celebrates not only Mexican culture, but the universal joys of imaginative play.
- May 23, 2015  Visit Website

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