Saturday, February 4, 2017

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper - ADVISABLE

Camper, Cathy Lowriders in Space, illustrated by Raul the Third GRAPHIC NOVEL. Chronicle Books, 2014. $9.99 Content: G. 

Lupe Impala, Flapjack Octopus, and Eli Rio Malaria (a mosquito) love working with cars.  They want to turn an old junkyard car into a lowrider that is great enough to win the big car competition. So, using some parts they found at the old airplane factory, they made the coolest car, which rocketed into space. Picking up detailing from the northern lights, mars the moon and outer space, made their low rider positively the best.

With illustration like an old newspaper comic page (of red, black and blue) the feel of this graphic novel is the 1940’s.  The dialogue is peppered with Spanish phrases (translated at the bottom of the page) and there is an author’s note at the end to tell the reader more about low riders.  I think my Spanish speaking students will love this!  

EL, MS - ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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