Double Play Review! “Lowriders In Space” and “The Thing With No Head”

18 Dec

Today I give you very different (but yet awesome in their own way) illustrated books!

lowriders

Lowriders in Space
By Cathy Camper
Illustrated by Raul the Third
112 pages – ages 8+
Published by Chronicle Books on November 4, 2014

Synopsis- All Lupe Impala, El Chavo Flapjack, and Elirio Malaria want is a car garage of their own, to run their own business. They especially like working on and creating “lowriders,” a funky type of car that hip-hops down the road. When they see a car show that offers an amazing prize – a carload of cash! – they start to design a car that is out of this world. Will they win the prize and get their dream of owning their own garage?

What I Thought- Okay, I will admit I was not the least bit interested in this book when it came to me as a review copy. I am not into cars and had no idea what a lowrider was, but I can’t resist a graphic novel so I cracked it open. This is a cool graphic novel. The characters are Mexican-American, so they speak a little Spanish, which also has the English translation. The fact it is a comic focused on the Latino culture is a nice find.  I learned some new Spanish words and phrases. The characters are great role models, working together to reach a goal (plus they are male and female – working on cars). The illustrations are cool, mostly done in red, black, and white, with some other basic colors added. The illustrations flow well with the story. This is an excellent choice for those looking for a multicultural book and anyone looking for a good story with strong characters. This is a great graphic novel that is very unique!

thethingThe Thing With No Head
By Mark Fearing
Available as an iBook HERE
26 pages – ages 8+
Published by Mark Fearing on Oct 20, 2014
Print Length: 26 Pages

Synopsis- A thing with no head invaded a small town and it is such a terror! Or is it?

What I Liked- Okay, I will admit I was all over this one when I got a review copy – a weird, quirky picture book is the thing for me! I was not disappointed with it. I was happy to also find a nice story in the book. It is a story about assumptions and how they can be wrong – you can’t judge a book by it’s cover or a Thing by its head missing head. The story and illustrations have a weird, dark-ish feel to them in an Adamms Family kind of way, but on the other hand, the story is sweet. The black and white sketch illustrations are perfect for the book and the cover is awesome.  Mr. Fearing has written a great story in rhyme about a kid who makes friends with a “horrid” headless beast. The boy and the beast have fun together and accept each other, even though everyone else is scared of the beast and want it to be gone. I think the book is a different kind of picture book – very cool! I hope to see more like this one from Mr. Fearing.

Five bookworms for both of these brilliant books!fivebooks

22 Responses to “Double Play Review! “Lowriders In Space” and “The Thing With No Head””

  1. writersideup December 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    These both sound good, Erik 🙂 I’m really loving the title and cover of Mark Fearing’s book! I can’t download it ’cause I don’t have a device to support it and I can’t help but wonder why he chose to self-publish on this one. It looks REALLY good! Thanks for another great review 😀

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 11:40 am #

      They are both great! 🙂 I think Mr. Fearing SP’d because he didn’t really think that a publisher would go for a book like that. Plus, my thought is just that SP’ing is a fun learning experience. 🙂

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  2. heylookawriterfellow December 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    I am intrigued by The Thing With No Head. I wanna know what that thing is!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 28, 2014 at 11:43 am #

      It’s a… Thing. Duh. 😉 Can’t you read the obvious?! The Fantastic Four is involved! 😉 Just kidding. The Thing is never named in the book. And, it’s furry, not, eh, stony, so no Fantastic Four. 😦

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  3. mfearing December 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    Reblogged this on Illustration and commented:
    A nice mention of The Thing with No Head available on iBooks.

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  4. julie rowan zoch December 18, 2014 at 11:33 pm #

    Aww, man, I want to read these!

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  5. Jilanne Hoffmann December 19, 2014 at 2:14 am #

    I, too, want to know what that thing with no head is. ……gotta find out!

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  6. Patricia Tilton December 19, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Love the idea of a Latino graphic novel that highlights the language and culture! Glad you were surprised!
    The Thing with No Head look and sounds a bit dark. You’re right, we have to be careful not to judge a book by its cover. Great story about acceptance and differences.

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  7. writersideup December 19, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    Hey, Erik, guess what?! Matthew Winner just posted his podcast with Raul, the illustrator of LOWRIDERS IN SPACE! 😀

    http://www.busylibrarian.com/2014/12/raul-third-lgbpodcast-ep-108.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheBusyLibrarian+%28The+Busy+Librarian%29

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  8. Catherine Johnson December 20, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Awesome! Matthew will like the space ne and I will love the headless one. Thanks for all your reviews this year, Erik. Merry Christmas!

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  9. readingwithrhythm December 30, 2014 at 11:00 pm #

    Both of these sound oddly funny!

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