Low Riders in Space

Lowriders in spaceCamper, Cathy
Raúl the Third, Illustrator
Low Riders in Space
San Fransisco: Chronicle Books, 2014

This is a book I bought for Elijah’s little library.  It is a 2016-17 Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee.  Texas teachers, parents, librarians and other interested persons suggest books for this award.  Nominees are chosen and then children in grades 3-6 in Texas schools choose the winner.  I can’t wait to find out if this book won.

This was the second book from the 2016-2017 Bluebonnet Master List, I bought for Elijah.  The first, if you recall from previous posts was Space Case. They were the only two books that were in Elijah’s library that I hadn’t read.  I bought him Low Riders in Space, because it looked like so much fun to read!

I bought a copy of this book for myself and I just finished reading it.  As I suspected it was fun to read! I love books about characters who work hard to achieve their dreams.  This has so many wonderful drawings. Would you like a car that has pinstripes from the rings of Saturn, the Big Dipper on the back license plate and Cygnus the Swan as detail on the front hood?  Could you collapse a black hole with what you had with you in the car as you cruised through space?  Read this book and find out what adventures Elirio Malaria, Flapjack Octopus and Lupe Impala have getting their old Impala low rider ready for the Universal Car Competition.

This is a fantastic book. It would be a great gift for a car fan, space fan, or art fan.  It might get a reluctant reader interested in books.  The pictures are intricate and engaging.  The story is fun.  I recommend it.  I am so glad I picked up a copy for my own collection.

Cathy Camper

Cathy is a writer, artist and librarian.  She is a hard author to find much information about online.  From the book’s back cover, you discover that she is the creator of Bugs Before Time.  She is a reviewer of graphic novels for Lambda Literary and she is currently a librarian for Multnomah County in Portland, Oregon.

Her best advice to young writers is to learn to day dream! Instead of being on your cell phone or watching TV take the time to think of your own stories in your head.

You can learn more about Cathy on her website at http://cathycamper.com/.

You can listen to her interview for his Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominator for Low Riders in Space on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXQl4fSIjFw.

Raúl the Third

As the characters in this story only used the materials they had at hand or could scavenge to make their car, Raul decided to use the materials he had on hand or found when he was learning to draw: ink pens in red, blue and black.

Currently, Raul live in Boston, where he has had a number of recent art exhibits.  He teaches classes on drawing and comics to students in and around that city.  His advice to young students on drawing or whatever interest them is to work on their interests continually to get better and improve their skills. They should practice as much as they can.

While his lives in Boston, he grew up in El Paso, Texas.  He was influenced by that city and you can see that in his drawings in Low Riders in Space. If you are familiar with El Paso, you may recognize some of the places he included in this book.

To learn more about this author, you can visit his website: http://www.artbyraul.com/about.html

You can listen to his interview for his Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominator for Low Riders in Space on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXQl4fSIjFw



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