Book review: Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul the Third

Camper, Cathy. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth. (Lowriders in Space series, #2) Il. by Raul the Third. Chronicle, 2016. $22.99. 128p. ISBN 978-1-4521-2343-1. Ages 8-11. P7Q7

campers-lowriders-to-the-center-of-the-earthIn the first volume of this series, Lowriders in Space, three friends—Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack (octopus), and Elirio Malaria (mosquito)—raised money by winning a contest to open a garage. The conflict in this graphic novel begins when their beloved cat is lost during an earthquake, and the intrepid trio search for the pet in the Realm of the Dead, controlled by the evil Aztec got of the underworld, Mictlantecuhti. The adventures result from attempts to avoid becoming Mic’s skeletons in antics illustrated in panels of red, black, and blue set against cream-colored paper.

2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner.

Verdict: The advantage of the book is the use of Spanish terms, explained on each page and in the glossary at the end, but the pace seems more manic and less interesting that the first volume.

January 2017 review by Nel Ward.

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