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The Resource Lowriders in space, by Cathy Camper ; illustrated by Raâul the Third

Lowriders in space, by Cathy Camper ; illustrated by Raâul the Third

Label
Lowriders in space
Title
Lowriders in space
Statement of responsibility
by Cathy Camper ; illustrated by Raâul the Third
Title variation
Low riders in space
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • spa
  • eng
Summary
Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage
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Tone
Writing style
Character
Illustration
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
Review
  • Grades 3-6 Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria love fixing up cars together, but they are tired of working for tough old el jefe, so when they see an ad for a universal car competition—including a category for ranflas (lowriders), their favorite kind of car—they get busy fixing up the hunk of junk in their yard so they can win the contest and open their own garage. It’s slow going until they stumble on some old plane-engine parts, and then things really start flying when, ¡que chido!, their rocket-powered car zips into space for a stellar detailing job. Raúl’s snazzy panels—impressively drawn in only red, blue, and black ballpoint pen on tea-stained paper—resemble an amped-up Mighty Mouse cartoon rendered in anarchic yet skillful doodles. It’s a joyfully explosive style, and it perfectly matches the Latino characters and barrio setting. Camper sprinkles Spanish slang throughout (all defined in a glossary at the end) and closes with a note about the development of lowriders by Mexican Americans in Southern California after WWII. ¡Estellar! -- Hunter, Sarah (Reviewed 10-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 4, p38)
  • 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. RaÃñl 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 --Sujei Lugo (Reviewed November 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 11, p108)
  • /* Starred Review */ Camper’s (Bugs Before Time) rocket-powered graphic novel stars a deliciously improbable trio: Lupe Impala, a beautiful mechanic with a mane of black hair and a limitless supply of automobile knowledge; Flapjack Octopus, whose eight arms can detail a car to a high gleam; and Elirio Malaria, a shady-looking mosquito who uses his needlelike proboscis to pinstripe cars with fantastic accuracy. RaÃñl the Third’s dazzling art, done with red, black, and blue ballpoint pen, fuses the energy of Mexican folk images, the naked passion of tattoo art, and the antics of Saturday morning cartoons. Lupe and her sidekicks want to start a garage, but they don’t have enough money. They enter a car competition (first prize is “a carload of cash”), find a beater, and plot their strategy: “¡Y vamos a tener que echarle ganas, to clean it!” says Flapjack (Spanish translations are provided throughout). A wild journey through space gives their car one-of-a-kind galactic magic—readers will rejoice in their triumph. As a celebration of Latino lowrider culture, too, it’s estellar. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed October 6, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 40, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Camper's lighthearted, full-color graphic novel highlights lowrider culture. There is much that makes it stand out: Its theme is unique for this age group; Lupe Impala, the female protagonist, is a mechanic; and peppered throughout this crazy adventure are nifty factoids and colorful Chicano/Mexican-American slang. Lupe and her friends Elirio Malaria, the mosquito detailing artist ("Don't be scared eses! Only lady mosquitos bite vatos for food!"), and El Chavo Blackjack, a bucket-dwelling octopus who's an eight-armed, car-washing powerhouse, dream of one day owning their own garage. Spotting a poster for a car competition, they know the Golden Steering Wheel Award and a carload of cash are as good as theirs—if they can find a car. A field trip yields a junk pile on blocks—an Impala, natch—that "only" needs major, reconstructive body work, paint, an engine….Some serendipitous rocket parts launch the trio and their newly souped-up lowrider on a wild ride through space: "I don't think we're in the barrio anymore!" observes El Chavo Flapjack cheerily. RaÃol the Third's crosshatched, ballpoint-pen-and-Sharpie artwork is highly detailed and dynamic, its black, blue and red lines on buff-colored paper depicting a street corner aguas frescas pushcart and the lowrider's hydraulic suspension system with equal verve. A glossary of Spanish, slang and astronomical terms is appended, as is a note about lowriders for readers not in the know. A highly entertaining and culturally authentic romp. (Graphic adventure. 9-14)(Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10387976
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Camper, Cathy
Dewey number
741.5/973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Language note
Spanish words and phrases used throughout English text
LC call number
PZ7.7.C363
LC item number
Lo 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 8
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Gonzalez, Raul
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Lowriders
Series volume
book 1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lowriders
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Friendship
  • Lowriders
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Friendship
  • Graphic novels
  • Lowriders
  • Competition (Psychology)
  • Friendship
  • Mexican Americans
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Lowriders in space, by Cathy Camper ; illustrated by Raâul the Third
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
111 pages
Isbn
9781452121550
Lccn
2013040709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)862041495
Label
Lowriders in space, by Cathy Camper ; illustrated by Raâul the Third
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
111 pages
Isbn
9781452121550
Lccn
2013040709
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)862041495

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