Lowriders in Space (Book 1) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 23 user ratings

" 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.

" Have you not read this yet?You are missing out on one of the year's most unique and wonderful graphic novels. Thank you Cathy Camper, Raul the Third and everyone between you and Chronicle who made this possible. I hope this Spanglish "out of this world" adventure rides it's way into the hands of young readers, especially those with SoCal and Mexican American roots. " said.

" Completely fresh and hip (but extremely kid-friendly) graphic novel about three auto-obsessed pals who trick out their lowrider with moon dust. Ball point pen illos will encourage all talented young doodlers, esp. when ink master Raul the Third points out that he grew up always on the lookout for free pens. Great for kids, car nuts and fans of Afrofuturism (tho I guess this is Latino futurism). " said.

"Our heroes are an unlikely trio of animals (an impala, an octopus, and a mosquito) who work at a garage. They love working on cars, but feel under-appreciated by their demanding boss. As luck would have it, there's a local competition for the best car, which offers a prize of a golden steering wheel and a car full of money. If the trio wins, they can use the money to open their own garage. So they get to work creating an out-of-this-world low rider -- and "out of this world" literally means "in outer space." Once Lupe Impala gets their car running, they take it for a spin through the galaxy to pick up some star-studded detailing -- the northern lights add shimmer, and constellations and asteroids add bling. There's a near-miss with a black hole before they finally make it back to their home planet, where they're just in time for the competition. Will all the star stuff be enough to win?

This is a really unusual book, both in terms of artwork and storyline. There's an author's note at the back that explains the significance of the low-rider in Mexican-American culture, which was helpful for those of us not super-familiar with cars. This cultural connection -- plus all the Spanish words -- make this a great book for promoting diversity.

The artwork was really unique -- the backgrounds all looked like coffee-stained journal pages, which I loved. All the illustrations are done in ink -- primarily neutral colors, with splashes of reds and blues. The muted background with the pops of color make for really eye-catching illustrations. Personally, I didn't find the story that compelling, but I would read subsequent volumes because I thought the illustrations were so good.

And just because the story wasn't quite my cup of tea doesn't mean anything -- there are lots of vehicle-obsessed kids who would really enjoy this story. Overall, it's a win!
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