Training Day
Training Day

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Series: Toro and Friends   

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Annotation: Readers will fall in love with Raúl the Third's unique visual style as Kooky Dooky helps luchador El Toro train for his next wrestling match! Perfect for readers of Elephant and Piggie, comic book fans, and kids looking to practice both Spanish and English.
Catalog Number: #301467
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Copyright Date: 2021
Edition Date: 2021
Pages: 45 pages
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 0-358-38038-3 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-0319-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-358-38038-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-0319-7
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
El Toro needs to train for his big lucha libre match, but all he wants to do is sleep!Poor Kooky Dooky—¿Qué va hacer? What’s he going to do? This quirky, early-reader spinoff of the ¡Vamos! series follows exasperated trainer Kooky Dooky as he pulls all the stops to get and keep El Toro out of bed. How about a big breakfast? Nope. After a gigantic belch, the sluggish luchador nose-dives under the covers. The rooster lures his trainee out of the bed with smelly shoes and a promise to go easy. Finally the training program gets results: Obstreperous chickens are caught by hand—er, hoof; the unplugged mechanical bull is dominated; the “Spiked Piñatas of DOOM” are pulverized; junk cars are crushed; and abuelas are helped across the street. Todo es listo—all is ready. Today El Toro will obliterate The Wall (pun very much intended—one of The Wall’s fans sports a distinctive blond ’do and orange skin). The unstoppable Raúl the Third brings his border barrio to rip-roaring life with plenty of humor, embedded Spanish, and Chicano cultural references. Colorist Bay’s creative enhancement of Raúl’s detail-rich frames continues their energetic collaboration. Action explodes throughout, though readers may be disappointed by the abrupt ending. In the simultaneously publishing Tag Team, El Toro and La Oink Oink team up to clean the arena following their thrashing of Donny Dollars and the Bald Águila.Comic-book and lucha libre fans alike will not tap out of this semibilingual smackdown. (Early reader. 4-8)
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* This bilingual reader kicks off ong with the simultaneously released Tag Team e El Toro and Friends series, expanding the bustling, Mexican border-town world created in the award-winning ¡Vamos! picture books. Here, El Toro, a burly luchador, must train for his match against undefeated champion the Wall, but El Toro is reluctant to leave his bed. Enter his trainer, a bug-eyed chicken aptly named Kooky Dooky, who lays out a training regimen in an energizing series of double-spread thought bubbles. After the luchador finally rises, a Rocky-style neighborhood jog brings the inspiration he needs to complete Kooky Dooky's training and take down the Wall. In typical ¡Vamos! style, a vibrant world bursts to life on every page, filled with movement and a detailed host of cartoon characters, though text and images are simplified to accommodate beginning readers. Raúl offers a lesson in visual literacy, utilizing speech bubbles and panels in addition to traditional narration. Select English phrases are echoed in the text es that bear repeating, thus maintaining a natural flow t this title overcomes any linguistic barriers through its irresistible art.
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Starred Review ALA Booklist (3/1/21)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

Readers will fall in love with Raúl the Third's unique visual style as Kooky Dooky helps luchador El Toro train for his next wrestling match! Perfect for readers of Elephant and Piggie, comic book fans, and kids looking to practice both Spanish and English. Little Lobo introduced readers to his wrestling hero El Toro in Vamos! Let's go to the Market! . Now El Toro is off on his own adventures in this early reader series! Task #1: Getting out of bed. Usually that's not so hard, but being the champion luchador isn't easy. Today, El Toro is feeling uninspired. But his coach, Kooky Dooky, knows that practice makes better and it's important for El Toro to stay in shape and keep training! These eye-popping illustrations will appeal to comic book fans and encourage visual literacy, with an easy-to-follow mix of Spanish and English vocabulary words. Readers will cheer as El Toro's spirits are lifted with a little help from his community and he trains hard to win his next big wrestling match against The Wall!


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