Lowriders to the Center of the Earth: Lowriders in Space, Book 2

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Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Friends wrestle Aztec god in vibrant, zany graphic novel.

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Educational Value

Provides plenty of Spanish vocabulary words and uses Aztec mythology to drive the plot.

Positive Messages

Old items can be repaired and recycled into useful and beautiful objects. True friends will go to any length to protect one another.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elirio Malaria, Lupe Impala, and El Chavo Flapjack Octopus don't think twice about setting off to find their kidnapped cat. Even in the Underworld, they keep their cool and face danger with bravery.

Violence & Scariness

The Lowriders face off in the wrestling ring against an Aztec god. They throw lots of punches and kicks, but no one really gets hurt.

Language

"Butt" and "fart" are employed a handful of times.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lowriders to the Center of the Earth is a follow-up to the graphic novel Lowriders in Outer Space. The warm and wacky characters work together to save their feline friend from the clutches of an Aztec god. The dialogue is peppered with Spanish words and phrases, and the story is a celebration of Hispanic culture and Aztec mythology. Lupe, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio are challenged to a wrestling match in the underworld, but no one gets seriously hurt. This is a great choice for graphic novel fans, reluctant readers, and for families looking for Latino stories

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What's the story?

In LOWRIDERS TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria set off in search of their missing cat, Genie, in their souped-up set of wheels. Their quest takes them through a strange corn maze, into the center of the Earth, and down to the Aztec underworld. There they face off against an Aztec god, Mictlantecuhtli. To save Genie, they'll have to defeat Mic in the wrestling ring.

Is it any good?

This gonzo graphic novel has the velocity of Book 1 but heads in a new, even more exciting direction. Lupe, Elirio, and El Chavo Flapjack are as wacky and warm as ever, putting their lives and livelihood on the line for their beloved cat. Lowriders to the Center of the Earth celebrates Latino culture, provides memorable dialogue in Spanish, and offers a highly detailed picture of Aztec mythology. Author Cathy Camper and illustrator Raul the Third pull out all the stops to present a fast-moving adventure with vibrant, surrealistic artwork and clever character designs. Reluctant readers will be drawn to the series by its refreshing, anything-goes attitude and multicultural flavor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Aztec mythology is presented in Lowriders to the Center of the Earth. What other books about mythology have you read? 

  •  Why do so many cultures and religions feature an afterlife beneath the Earth?

  • Do you think the punches and kicks in televised wrestling matches are real?

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