The Great and Mighty Nikko

Xavier Garza (Illustrator)


Nikko loves bedtime. That's because his bed turns into a magical wrestling ring for the masked luchadores that he loves. They bounce up and down like crazy. His mom, of course, doesn't believe Nikko. She accuses him of jumping on his bed. But that's just not true at all. She just can't see what Nikko sees. And to prove his point--zoosh! Here comes luchador numero UNO with a golden mask and a silver cape. Oh, wow. Number TWO wears an orange mask with yellow flames. Another looks like a jaguar and he growls! A rooster! A bull with horns! And a dragon that breathes fire! And so it goes until TEN luchadores are jumping on Nikko's bed. That's when the Great and Mighty Nikko puts on his mask, taking on all ten wrestlers at once and defeating them soundly. Ahh, a fresh victory under his belt, now it's time for Mighty Nikko to catch some zzzzzs!

Artist and storyteller Xavier Garza is celebrated for his lucha libre picture books and chapter books. Maxmillian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel was a Pura Belpre Honor Book, 2012, and a ALA Notable Book, 2012. Xavier, who is a much requested storyteller for schools, has been a featured speaker at the American Library Association (REFORMA), the Tucson Book Festival, and the Texas Library Association.

Product Details

$16.95  $15.59
Cinco Puntos Press
Publish Date
August 04, 2015
9.0 X 0.3 X 9.1 inches | 0.75 pounds
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About the Author

Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, author and luche libre aficionado Xavier Garza is a prolific author, artist, and storyteller whose work focuses primarily on his experiences growing up in the small border town of Rio Grande City. Garza has exhibited his art and performed his stories in venues throughout Texas, Arizona and the state of Washington. Garza lives in San Antonio, Texas with his wife Irma and their young son Vincent.


"Between Nikko's narrative dialogue bubbles and electric-starburst interjections from Mom, this fun, fully bilingual counting book is just the thing to settle down unruly luchadores everywhere. ... The individual masks and costumes of the luchadores are wonderfully detailed, from the jaguar's spotted cape to Mighty Nikko's belted singlet. ... This rambunctious addition to the world of bedtime and early concept books stands out."--Kirkus Reviews

"The Great and Mighty Nikko! is a fabulous big screen comic book counting escapade, with Nikko wrestling with his many masked wrestlers (toy) on his bed (instead of going to sleep). Hispanic boys who are learning to count, read, and draw will adore The Great and Mighty Nikko!" --Midwest Book Reviews

"What an entertaining read - I'll definitely be adding this lively tale to my educational library!" --Marianne Snow, Latinos In Kid Lit

"This is a book that celebrates not only Mexican culture, but the universal joys of imaginative play." School Library Journal