Lucía's little sister Gemma wants to be a luchadora like her big sister, but she is more bumble and splat than pizzazz and seems to find trouble wherever she goes. When Gemma makes a ginormous hole in Lucía's special silver mask, Lucía is incredulous and exasperated at how her little sister seems to get away with everything. But Lucía's grandmother, Abu, has an idea: a trip to the mercado to get Gemma her very own lucha libre mask. There are so many masks to choose from, and Lucía can't resist trying on masks and imagining all the new secret identities she could have if she had endless masks. When Lucía realizes she's misplaced her special silver mask, a frantic search ensues with Gemma's help. Lucía the Luchadora's big heart is on display again in her latest adventure, where she learns that some things, including trouble making little sisters, are one of a kind.
PreS-Gr 2--Lucía is back, this time with her little sister Gemma in tow. But while Lucía can leap from the tree house, landing full of pizzazz, Gemma "goes CRACK, she goes CRUNCH, Bumble, Tumble, Splat" and, she's also prone to trouble. When the younger child makes a ginormous hole in her sister's beloved mask, Abuela explains that Gemma just wants to be a luchadora like Lucía, and comes up with an idea. Abu takes the girls to a mercado, better described by Lucía as a "splendiferousmarket!" At the stand with all the lucha libre masks, Abu tells them about a famous luchador known as "Mil Máscaras," who wore a different mask every time he went into the ring. As Gemma wonders which mask to choose, Lucía wonders what it would be like to be the Girl of a Thousand Masks. When Gemma disappears into the market following a kitten, Lucía follows close behind. They eventually catch up to the animal, and are finally in agreement--they must find the kitten's family. Employing different colors, fonts, and sizes, the text in this second adventure is just as vibrant and jubilant as the first; reading it aloud a must. The very expressive illustrations capture Lucía's endearing and outsize personality with humor and gusto. VERDICT Abu's words ring true: "Remember, the best adventures are shared." Another storytime hit.--Lucia Acosta, Children's Literature Specialist, Princeton, NJCopyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.