Sunday, November 11, 2012
Super Oscar by Oscar De La Hoya - OPTIONAL
This is a bilingual book done right. It is easy to differentiate between the Spanish and English texts because they are written on separate pages and in two different fonts. At the same time, the extra text bubbles are not distracting, but seem to fit into the pictures. The illustrations themselves are lively and colorful, perfectly capturing Super Oscar's personality while adding a touch of humor. Unfortunately, the plot doesn't really come together. Oscar's abrupt and convenient super-speed comes out of nowhere, and at the end he turns right back into the dreamy boy he's always been -- only this time he's asleep for real. The fun illustrations and the fact that there's a bilingual version available trump the plot difficulties, however, and make this one a good addition to the library shelves. EL - ADVISABLE. Reviewed by: Caryn.