Academic journal article Language Arts

Lowriders in Space (Book 1)

Academic journal article Language Arts

Lowriders in Space (Book 1)

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Lowriders in Space (Book 1) Written by Cathy Camper Illustrated by Raúl the Third Chronicle, 2014, 111 pp., ISBN 978-14521-2155-0

Readers of Lowriders in Space will be rooting for Lupe Impala, Flapjack Octopus, and Elirio Malaria, three friends with dreams of having their own garage shop. You name it and they can fix it. And their favorite automobile? The lowrider, of course-"cars that hip and hop, dip and drop, go low and slow, bajito y suavecito." When the trio enters a car competition that promises a car full of cash, their preparation takes an out-of-this-world turn as their fix-it-up lowrider suddenly takes them into space for an interplanetary adventure.

More than a celebration of the vibrancy of lowrider culture or the wonders of the solar system and astronomy, this book honors friendship, passion, and ingenuity as essential to pursuing and achieving dreams. Camper's anthropomorphic characters are animated through Raúl the Third's detailed red, blue, and black ballpoint pen illustrations reflecting lowrider motifs, fonts, and dress. …

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