The Great and Mighty Nikko!/¡El gran y poderoso Nikko!: A Bilingual Counting Book
Written and illustrated by Xavier Garza
Nikko loves bedtime. That's because his bed turns into a magical wrestling ring for the masked luchadores he loves. They bounce up and down like crazy. His mom just thinks Nikko is jumping on his bed. But that's not true at all. Here comes luchador number ONE with a silver mask and cape. Then number TWO shows up wearing a flaming orange mask. And on it goes until Nikko dons his red mask and cape and TEN luchadores end up wrestling on his bed. After defeating all the other wrestlers, and with victory under his belt, it's finally time for the Great and Mighty Nikko to catch some ZZZZZs.
Nikko ama la hora de acostarse. Eso es porque su cama se convierte en un ring mágico para los luchadores enmascarados que él ama. Saltan arriba y abajo como locos. Su mamá solo piensa que Nikko está saltando en su cama. Pero eso no es cierto en absoluto. Aquí viene el luchador número UNO con una máscara plateada y una capa. Luego, el número DOS aparece con una máscara naranja llameante. Y así continúa hasta que Nikko se pone su capa y máscara roja y DIEZ luchadores terminan luchando en su cama. Después de derrotar a todos los demás luchadores y con la victoria en su haber, finalmente es hora de que el Gran y Poderoso Nikko cambie su enfoque a contar ovejitas.
About the Creators
Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, author and lucha libre aficionado Xavier Garza is a prolific and enthusiastic author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City and is a lively documentation of the dreams, superstitions, and heroes in the bigger-than-life world of South Texas. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. He has authored and illustrated fourteen books, and has received such prestigious awards as the Americas Honor Book Award in 2005, the Tejas Star Book Award three times from 2007-2010 and the Pura Belpré Honor Book award in 2012. In 2014 he was awarded both the NAACS Tejas Young Adult Book Award and the Texas Institute of Letters Children's Book Award. In 2019 Xavier Garza will be inducted into the prestigious Texas Institute of Letters. Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their teen son Vincent.