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Lowriders in Space by [Cathy Camper, Raul The Third]

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Gr 4–8—Camper introduces readers to Lupe Impala, Flapjack Octopus, and Elirio Malaria, three friends who love working with cars and dream of having their own garage shop. One day they see an opportunity to achieve their goal—a car competition where the prize is a "carload of cash and a solid gold steering wheel." When they start working on a lowrider to prepare it for the competition, an out-of-this world journey begins. Through anthropomorphic characters, the author narrates a tale of friendship, teamwork, and the passion for lowriding. She incorporates astronomy to this adventure, providing readers the opportunity to familiarize with terms from both worlds. Raúl the Third's colored pencil-and-marker illustrations effectively depict images from the lowriding subculture, while including references from Mexican pop culture, such as the iconic comedian Cantiflas and Chespirito's El Chavo del Ocho. The way he alternates among full-page artwork, spreads, and non-rectangular panels works well with the story and strongly supports its visual understanding. However, although it is true that some Latinos code-switch in their conversation, the use of Spanish words didn't feel organic to the story. There is also inconsistency in the use of accents, and footnotes that point readers to phrases and word meanings are explained as "nonsense words in Spanish," when that's not necessarily the case. Lowriders in Space fills a gap of Latino graphic novels for kids, and its quirky characters and illustrations have the potential to engage children. Let's hope that future installments will have a more accurate and natural use of Spanish. A helpful glossary of astronomy and lowriding terms is appended.—Sujei Lugo, Somerville Public Library, MA --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


"Thanks to writer Cathy Camper's passion for science, and Raul inventive drawings, this kid's graphic novel about creatures (Lume Impala, El Chavo Flapjack and Elirio Malaria) who pimp their rides will make adults steal the book from children."--Entertainment Weekly, The Must List

"Brings together Hispanic lowrider culture with astronomy and aeronautics for one wild ride."--Publishers Weekly

"A fun and educational (don't tell the kids!) text for young readers."--Sense and Sensibility and Storeies

"Celebrates the artistry and inventiveness that goes into modifying and customizing cars . in space!"--Geek Dad

"Intricate ballpoint pen illustrations by Raul the Third could be pored over for hours."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"A rollicking ride that's totally cosmic and caliente. In other words, this lowrider delivers!"--Good Reads with Ronna

"Incredibly fun ."--The Planetary Society

"Check out these names: Lupe Impala. Flapjack Octopus. Elirio Malaria. Now imagine how awesome a story about characters with these names ought to be. Then double it. That's pretty much how awesome this graphic novel is."-- Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

"A fanciful story wonderfully illustrated by Raúl the Third."--The New York Times

"This book was created to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of the lowrider culture."--Library Media Connection
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00KGNMT0K
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Chronicle Books LLC; Illustrated edition (November 4, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 4, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 72330 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 112 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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