2017 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner
The lovable trio from the acclaimed Lowriders in Space are back! Lupe Impala, Elirio Malaria, and El Chavo Octopus are living their dream at last. They're the proud owners of their very own garage. But when their beloved cat Genie goes missing, they need to do everything they can to find him. Little do they know the trail will lead them to the realm of Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec god of the Underworld, who is keeping Genie prisoner! With cool Spanish phrases on every page, a glossary of terms, and an action-packed plot that sneaks in science as well as Aztec lore, Lowriders to the Center of the Earth is a linguistic and visual delight. ¡Que suave!
About the Author
Cathy Camper is a librarian focusing on outreach to schools and children in grades K–12. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Raúl the Third teaches classes on drawing and comics for kids at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts, where he lives.
"The wild antics, exuberant illustrations, and frequent Spanish will launch the Lowriders straight into many hearts."-Booklist
"This gonzo graphic novel. celebrates Latino culture, provides memorable dialogue in Spanish, and offers a highly detailed picture of Aztec mythology. Reluctant readers will be drawn to the series by its refreshing, anything-goes attitude and multicultural flavor."--Common Sense Media, 5-star review
"This book is dynamite." -Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
"Raúl the Third's drawing will dazzle you. Cathy Camper's writing will have you on the edge of your seat. This book is the complete package-drama, humor, pathos, joy, rice, beans! So refreshing to see el espíritu mexicano come to life in such a fun, well-paced romp to the center of the earth!" -Mimi Pond, author of Over Easy and winner of the PEN Center USA Award for Graphic Literature Outstanding Body of Work
"The storytelling is inventive, juggling cultural references, surreal circumstances, and educational impulses."-School Library Journal
"Solidly uplifting graphic novel that offer plenty of comedy, adventure, information, and magnificent art."-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Satisfyingly over-the-top mayhem."-Kirkus Reviews