Title: Lowriders in space
Author: Cathy Camper, Illustrator: Raul Gonzalez
Series: Lowriders in space
Recommended for: 3-8th grade
Call Number/Link: GN J LOWRIDERS V. 1
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I loved this book! From its heady use of ink pens in illustration and rough paper design esthetic to its can-do spirit, this book has a real DIY empowerment idea going on. This book is a wonderful tale of three friends working together to achieve a dream. Told as seemingly by black, red, & blue ink pens on the back of found paper, this story relates the story of a magical car ride through space as the heroes try to win a competition. Add to it a heavy dose of Spanish (with explaining footnotes for these possibly new words and slang) and this is a book has a subtle teachable element without feeling like it lectures. Each of the the three heroes of the story are relatable and the power of their friendship is quite excellent.