A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Provides plenty of Spanish vocabulary words and uses Aztec mythology to drive the plot.
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
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.
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"Butt" and "fart" are employed a handful of times.
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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.
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.
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