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The Great and Mighty Nikko
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The Great and Mighty Nikko
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Nikko loves bedtime. That's because his bed turns into a magical wrestling ring for the masked luchadores that he loves. They bounce up and down like crazy. His mom, of course, doesn't believe Nikko....
Nikko loves bedtime. That's because his bed turns into a magical wrestling ring for the masked luchadores that he loves. They bounce up and down like crazy. His mom, of course, doesn't believe Nikko....
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  • Nikko loves bedtime. That's because his bed turns into a magical wrestling ring for the masked luchadores that he loves. They bounce up and down like crazy. His mom, of course, doesn't believe Nikko. She accuses him of jumping on his bed. But that's just not true at all. She just can't see what Nikko sees. And to prove his point—zoosh! Here comes luchador numero UNO with a golden mask and a silver cape. Oh, wow. Number TWO wears an orange mask with yellow flames. Another looks like a jaguar and he growls! A rooster! A bull with horns! And a dragon that breathes fire! And so it goes until TEN luchadores are jumping on Nikko's bed. That's when the Great and Mighty Nikko puts on his mask, taking on all ten wrestlers at once and defeating them soundly. Ahh, a fresh victory under his belt, now it's time for Mighty Nikko to catch some zzzzzs!

    Artist and storyteller Xavier Garza is celebrated for his lucha libre picture books and chapter books. Maxmillian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel was a Pura Belpre Honor Book, 2012, and a ALA Notable Book, 2012. Xavier, who is a much requested storyteller for schools, has been a featured speaker at the American Library Association (REFORMA), the Tucson Book Festival, and the Texas Library Association.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    May 11, 2015
    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.

  • School Library Journal

    June 1, 2015

    BLPreS-Gr 2-Nikko is an adventure-loving boy who tries to convince his mother that he is not responsible for a ruckus in his room, but rather it's the nine luchadores who show up one by one to wrestle on his bed. Nikko is supposed to be winding down, but what ensues is a wrestling match (Mighty Nikko becomes number 10) that finally tuckers him out. The writing is quite bland as each spread introduces another luchador for Nikko to deal with. While the story line is not particularly strong, the boldly colored cartoonlike illustrations are the highlight here. Children will enjoy the variations in luchadores, from their colorful masks to their unique costumes. VERDICT Garza's vibrant colors will keep readers coming back, even if the bilingual narrative does not.-Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX

    Copyright 2015 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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