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Lowriders in Space by [Camper, Cathy]
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Book 1 of 2 in Lowriders (2 Book Series)

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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

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

"One of the most delightful comics to come out this year."--Brigid Alverson, Good Comic For Kids, a School Library Journal blog

"Lowriders in Space is a beautifully imagined graphic novel that will spark young readers' imaginations while broadening their understanding of language. The art is inspired, the story fantastic, and together they make a truly magical tale."--Mat Johnson, author of Incognegro and Pym

"Lowriders in Space is FAR OUT, and the illustrations are OUT OF THIS WORLD. Love this graphic novel. ¡Muy buena!"--Amy Sedaris

"It's fun, it's silly, it's totally cool."--Amy Cheney, School Library Journal

"Incredibly fun ."--The Planetary Society

"From the 'hood to the Hollywood Hills and the projects to the Poconos, Cathy Camper and Raúl the Third's thrilling interstellar adventure is sure to put a smile on the face of any kid and any parent. I love Lowriders in Space!" --Davy Rothbart, author of My Heart Is an Idiot, creator of FOUND magazine, and contributor to This American Life

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

"A joyous, celebratory tale."--Latinos in Kid Lit

"A highly entertaining and culturally authentic romp."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A fantastic voyage for the ages. Your graphic novel section needs this."--Travis Jonker, 100ScopeNotes

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

"Only from the inventive mind of writer Cathy Camper could come such genius: A book for kids that has it all-kooky characters, cool cars and . . . outer space, no less! Not to mention a high-interest graphic-novel form, full of hip and hop, sure to grab the wits of the most reluctant of readers." - Megan McDonald, bestselling author of the Judy Moody and Stink series

"We need Low Riders in Space out there now. It's cool and funny and original. AND it fills a huge need for books about Latino culture."--Jon Scieszka, bestselling author of The Stinky Cheese Man

"This buoyant graphic novel highlights lowrider culture with all the flair the subject deserves."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"This book was created to celebrate the creativity and ingenuity of the lowrider culture."--Library Media Connection

"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

"Roars with high-octane energy, in both the artwork and the prose."--Common Sense Media

"Readers will rejoice in their triumph. As a celebration of Latino lowrider culture, too, it's estellar."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

Product details

  • File Size: 71675 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC (November 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KGNMT0K
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