Academic journal article Language Arts

The Great and Mighty Nikko! A Bilingual Counting Book

Academic journal article Language Arts

The Great and Mighty Nikko! A Bilingual Counting Book

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The Great and Mighty Nikko! A Bilingual Counting Book Written and illustrated by Xavier Garza Cinco Puntos, 2015, unpaged, ISBN 978- 1- 935955- 83- 2

"Stop wrestling on the bed, Nikko!" "It's not me, Mom. It's the luchadores who are wrestling on my bed." "Those are just toys, Silly." "But it's true. They've turned my bed into a lucha libre ring!" And so begins this story, told in English and Spanish, of Nikko, a vivacious youngster with a passion for lucha libre. The illustrations complement the story and add to its playfulness and humor. For example, in one instance, the pictures convey the divergent perspectives of Nikko and his mother. The page that reads "Those are just toys, Silly" features an up-close image of a child's hand holding a wrestler. …

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