Jose dreams of flying. So he buys some rocket shoes and jets into the atmosphere. But all those spins, kicks, and airborne tricks cause such a ruckus that the mayor bans the shoes. Then, during a terrible snowstorm, Jose hears a cry: his neighbor’s in danger–and he can only help her if he flies. Will Jose dare to break the rules and save the day?
I love the ethnic diversity of characters in this book, depicted both through story and illustrations in a way that’s natural, just like it is in real life. the illustrations are bright and modern and the story is told in an engaging way (with some great rhyming!) that carries the messages of the book while still being a story rather than a moralizing parable. Lessons worth learning from this book? Kids can work hard for special toys they want rather than having the immediately purchased by parents, rules are important to follow, some situations trump rules, and the biggest people are able to admit when they’re wrong and course correct, and compromise is key.
A fun story with so many great elements. I love that José works hard to earn the money for the thing he wants and that he decides that helping someone is most important. This book, while a mouthful at times, is really fun to read and has lots of fun vocabulary.
SHARON SKINNER grew up in a small town in northern California where she spent most of her time reading books, making up plays, and writing stories about fantastical creatures, aliens, monsters and, of course, heroes. She holds an MA in Creative Writing, a BA in English, and a Poetic License, and served for eight years as the Executive Editor ofAnthology magazine, a small-press literary magazine published in Mesa, AZ. Sharon is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ. Her published work includes The Healer’s Legacy (YA Fantasy, 2012), The Nelig Stones (MG Fantasy, 2013), Mirabella and the Faded Phantom (MG Paranormal, 2014), and The Matriarch’s Devise (YA Fantasy, 2015). She is also the coauthor ofThe Chronicles of Tavara Tinker series.
WARD JENKINS draws and animates from his home in Atlanta, GA, where he lives with his photographer/writer wife,Andrea, and two kids, Ava and Ezra.He has illustrated many books for children, including How to Train a T. Rex & Win 8 Gold Medalsby Michael Phelps & Alan Abramson (Simon & Schuster), Chicks Run Wildby Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Simon & Schuster), and the Good Crooksseries by Mary Amato (Egmont USA).