Team Up: El Toro and Friends

Versify/HarperCollins/. (World of ¡Vamos!). Sept. 2022. 56p. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9780358394716.
PreS-Gr 2–Take a walk down memory lane as Toro and Friends reminisce about how they met and became such a great team. As children, they would chase and bicker with one another, until they joined Ricky Ratón’s School of Lucha. There, the great luchador Ricky Ratón taught them various exercises to build up their strength as well as how to focus and work hard toward their goals. Each member of the team had a special skill, from Lizarda’s long sticky tongue to Toro’s super charge and Croak’s ability to bounce his body. When Ricky Ratón gives them their final assignment—to defeat him in a lucha—the friends immediately jump in, but everyone is so busy working on their own that they fail to defeat their teacher. It is only when they work as a team that they finally win. Readers will dive right into the vibrant comic book–style world of Toro and friends, taking in even the smallest details. Clear outlines, lively pastel colors and easy-to-read text—which identifies Spanish sentences in purple font—provide an atmosphere full of action.
VERDICT A dynamic story for fans of “Toro and Friends,” the Vamos world, and lucha libre, this is an excellent addition to early reader collections for children.

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