|Lowriders to the rescue (Lowriders)|
Author: Camper, Cathy
Lupe, an impala with a flair for mechanics, Flapjack, a sweet young octopus with vision problems, and the other Lowriders are concerned about the pollution in their town, and the greedy Upscale Business Association's plans to tear down local businesses--but first they must rescue the migrating monarchs from a wildfire caused by drought and climate change. In graphic novel format.
|Illustrator:||Raul The Third|
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/22)
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2022 Gr 4–7—Cultures, technologies, and families unite in this rallying cry for eco-friendly change. When a forest fire endangers a family of anthropomorphic Arabic monarch butterflies, daughter Sokar escapes to the nearby city to find help. She encounters the Latinx lowriders—an impala, a mosquito, and an octopus who all adore cars—and they take her in. They learn about each other's culture, including food, aesthetics, and language. English translations for Spanish and Arabic words appear at the bottom of each page and in an appended glossary. The lowriders deploy a series of technological marvels to solve ecological and economic issues. Beaming faces and effortless solutions threaten to turn the book's optimistic attitude into parody, though younger readers will appreciate seeing positive changes take place so soon, and there is much to learn about science and Latinx and Arabic culture. Rendered in ballpoint pen, the textured illustrations are vibrant and expressive. Back matter includes personal, historical, and scientific notes about the many inspirations behind the story. VERDICT This bursting medley of community and planetary mindfulness is as colorful as it is inventive. Best experienced after the earlier books. - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.