Lowriders in Space (Book 1) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-01 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings

"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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"Lowriders in Space is the story of three friends, Lupe Impala (a dog), Elirio Malaria (a mosquito), and El Chavo Flapjack (an octopus). These three characters share a love of lowrider cars. Each of them is good at an aspect of fixing or detailing cars. They spend their days working in an auto body shop and dreaming of owning their own place. When there is a contest to to create the best car in the neighborhood the trio decide to take on the challenge. Winning would mean enough prize money to open their own auto body shop.

While fixing up the car they take a trip through the galaxy and "supe" up their ride with unique elements and things from different planets. The former planet Pluto even makes an appearance as the shifter in the new low-rider. The contest is starting and they return to earth just in time to win it all! The book is written in English but includes Spanish words which are translated at the bottoms of each page.

One of the most interesting things about this graphic novel are the illustrations. Raul The Third writes in his illustrator's note that he has always has a love of drawing with ballpoint pens. The entire book is impressively drawn with red, blue and black ballpoint pens. The detailed scenes really accentuate travel through space.
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" Cute book I found in the children's section of the library; I can see kids going wild over this book. " said.

" I love this book. A great story about three friends who work together to win a car competition. The illustrations are out of this world and the book does a good job explaining low rider car culture and the Spanish phrases and words used throughout the book. I look forward to seeing more in this series. " said.

" I loved the artwork in this book. I also liked the combination of Mexican American culture with sci-fi. What a fun, new story! Can't wait for more! " said.

" The best thing about this graphic novel is Raúl the Third's ballpoint pen artwork, which is extremely detailed, cute, and whimsical:Also, I enjoyed learning some Spanish words and phrases scattered (and translated) throughout the text, and really appreciated the author's note about lowrider culture at the end of the book.However, although cute and fun, the story and the characters are too simple for my taste. But, to be fair, I am not really an intended audience. " said.

" Kids who love cars, imaginative tales, and funny books will enjoy this. Bonus: some Spanish words and phrases included. " said.

" I just loved this!! Clever and gorgeous! " said.

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