Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off

1 CD. 34 min. Oasis Audio. May 2017. ISBN 9781613759431. $5.99.
Gr 1–3—Freddie's shoes are pretty worn out and he is in need of a new pair. Serendipitously, a mysterious package arrives, one containing shoes that are more than an average pair of sneakers. These sneakers allow Freddie to run super fast! Freddie uses his logic skills and super fast shoes to help his friends out. Freddie is a likeable character and relatable for many young readers. He sprinkles Spanish words throughout his speech, lives with his mom, and is trying to do better in school. There is some mention of his dad not being around anymore but it is hard to decipher if they are divorced or if he passed away while in combat. Pam Turlow's narration is a bit peppy and uses a high-pitched, babyish voice that at times lacks variety in tones. The storyline isn't especially engaging, but readers may become invested in Freddie and his family and friends.
VERDICT Purchase where the series is popular.—Katie Llera, Bound Brook High School, NJ

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