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