Lowriders in Space: Book 1

By: Cathy Camper

Illustrator: Raul the Third

Lupe Impala and her friends El Chavo Flapjack and Elirio Malaria love fixing up cars. An interstellar trip will prove they’ve built the coolest car in the universe. Note about lowriders. Artist’s note. Glossary. Four-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781452121550

JLG Release: Apr 2015


Series: Lowriders
Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Graphic novels , Lowriders , Competition , Friendship , Mexican Americans , Outer space

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, Middle-Grade Books
ALA Notable Books for Children 2015, Middle Readers
Parents’ Choice 2015 Picture Books, Approved
2015 Ameréicas Award Commended Titles
Bulletin Blue Ribbon 2015, Graphic Novels
2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Graphic Novels Elementary / Middle
The Washington Post Best Children’s and Young Adult Books of 2016

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books*, Book List, The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

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 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

Junior Library Guild

  • Utterly unique and full of energy, this graphic novel incorporates Spanish phrases, memorable characters, and outer space into a fast-paced tale—“y hay un montón de carros!”(And there’s a ton of cars!)
  • Readers will enjoy the way Lupe Impala, Flapjack Octopus, and Elirio Malaria support one anot
    • Utterly unique and full of energy, this graphic novel incorporates Spanish phrases, memorable characters, and outer space into a fast-paced tale—“y hay un montón de carros!”(And there’s a ton of cars!)
    • Readers will enjoy the way Lupe Impala, Flapjack Octopus, and Elirio Malaria support one another in their attempts to earn money with which to open their own garage.
    • Raûl the Third’s dynamic illustrations convey a sense of motion and speed. Inspired in part by ballpoint pen-detailed fan art found in issues of Lowrider magazine, they are likely to inspire students to create their own drawings.
    • Spanish expressions are helpfully translated at the bottom of the page on which they are used and also included in a glossary alongside astronomy terms and car vocabulary.

Book Details

ISBN

9781452121550

First Release

April 2015

Genre

Dewey Classification

741.5/973

Trim Size

7 1/4" x 9 1/4"

Page Count

112

Accelerated Reader

Level 3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.4; Points: 6;

Lexile

Level GN430L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Chronicle

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Graphic novels, Lowriders, Competition, Friendship, Mexican Americans, Outer space,

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