Lowriders in Space, Book 1

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Pedal-to-the-metal graphic novel celebrates Latino culture.

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Educational Value

Although clearly fantastic in how it depicts outer space, Lowriders in Space does provide an accurate glimpse of Mexican automotive culture. Spanish vocabulary is sprinkled throughout the dialogue, and there is a helpful glossary at the end.

Positive Messages

Lowriders in Space emphasizes the collaborative nature of creating a prize-winning lowrider. Elirio Malaria, Flapjack Octopus, and Lupe Impala have to work together to survive their off-planet adventure and to win the car competition.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lupe, Elirio, and Flapjack love working on cars, and they combine their individual skills to accomplish outstanding work. They're in tune with their community and participate in the car competition with good sportsmanship. And when they're blasted into outer space, they react bravely and resourcefully.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lowriders in Space is a richly illustrated graphic novel that combines Mexican car culture with a fantastic trip around the solar system. The dialogue includes Spanish phrases, and a glossary is provided at the back of the book. The book treats lowrider culture with respect and emphasizes cooperation and teamwork. 

User Reviews

Adult Written byRosie Y June 2, 2015

Cars in space, pretty much a home run

This is a cute book, but a detail oriented kid might get hung up on the fantasy aspect of going into space and some of the factual inaccuracies about things lik... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Elirio Malaria, Lupe Impala. and Flapjack Octopus all love working on cars, but they dream of owning their own shop someday. Their best hope of achieving their goal may be the Universal Car Competition, whose winner will receive a carload of cash and a solid-gold steering wheel. But when they add rocket engines to their vehicle, they wind up blasting off for an adventure that takes them to Mars, Pluto, and the sun.

Is it any good?

LOWRIDERS IN SPACE roars with high-octane energy, in both the artwork and the prose. The story is far from realistic, but it conveys a well-grounded love of Latino culture, cars, and astronomy. Every panel by artist Raul the Third brims with detail, and author Cathy Camp devises funny dialogue that wittily mixes English and Spanish slang.

Fast, funny, and frenetic, this graphic novel will captivate reluctant readers and leave them hankering for the next volume in the cartoon saga.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how different cultures view automobiles. Are there places in the world where cars are not welcome? What factors might affect a society's attitude toward autos?

  • What's fun about stories about cars? Which other stories have you read or movies about cars have you seen? What makes the graphic novel a good format for telling a car story? 

  • What is special about lowrider vehicles? How might Mexican society influence how lowriders are built?

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