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Lowriders Blast from the Past
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Lowriders Blast from the Past
Lowriders in Space Series, Book 3
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When new friends Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio are each bullied by Las Matamoscas, they know they're going to like one another. When they find out they all love lowrider cars, they know they'll be friends for life. But the bullies won't leave the Lowriders alone—and they don't let any girls or babies into car clubs. Can these three determined outcasts prove they deserve to be in the car show? Humor, Spanish words, and lowrider culture come together in this heartwarming graphic novel of three friends navigating the bumpy terrain of friendship, bullying, and standing up for what you believe in. ¡Vámonos!
When new friends Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio are each bullied by Las Matamoscas, they know they're going to like one another. When they find out they all love lowrider cars, they know they'll be friends for life. But the bullies won't leave the Lowriders alone—and they don't let any girls or babies into car clubs. Can these three determined outcasts prove they deserve to be in the car show? Humor, Spanish words, and lowrider culture come together in this heartwarming graphic novel of three friends navigating the bumpy terrain of friendship, bullying, and standing up for what you believe in. ¡Vámonos!
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  • Cathy Camper is the author of several books, including the Lowriders series, each book of which can be read as a stand-alone title. A graduate of VONA/Voices writing workshops for people of color, Cathy works as a librarian in Portland, Oregon, where she does outreach to schools and kids in grades K–12.
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    The over-the-top lowriders Lupe, Elirio, and Flapjack are back with their gato, Genie. This nostalgic journey back in time chronicles, in parallel stories, the moment the lives of the then escuincles--pipsqueaks--first intersected. They join together to help Lupe's two mothers enter a car show, but Mamá Impala and Mamá Gazelle need the approval of the hosting car club. The bullies controlling the entire show, Los Matamoscas, make up arbitrary rules to keep the women out because everyone knows car clubs are for los machos. Lupe's moms' car must clear speed bumps without scraping, they must keep a 5-gallon jar of agua fresca from spilling while taking an entire lap, and any visible brush strokes on the paint job are grounds for disqualification. All is saved by Elirio's pointy proboscis, Lupe's quick thinking, and Flapjack's slurping capacity. Raúl the Third's signature style again frenetically populates the sepia pages with eye-catching detail that highlights lowrider humor and culture. Camper's story, however, trips, snags, and hitches on too many densely worded moments of exposition. These asides, such as the recognition of Indigenous words in modern languages and the contributions of the art collective Asco, would have been more appropriately placed in the backmatter (where they are discussed again anyway) rather than in the middle of the narrative. Also, some scenes are unnecessarily drawn out, as in the case of the opening five and a half pages of gratuitous flatulence. Despite the meandering storyline, fans of the two previous slapstick adventures will eagerly welcome back Lupe and the gang's Spanish-infused exploits. (glossary, author's notes, sources) (Graphic adventure. 9-14)

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