Lowriders to the Center of the Earth won the 2016 CYBIL Award in the category: Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novel. More 2016 Cybils Winners. The illustrator, Raul Gonzalez, won the Pura Belpre Medal for Illustration. More Belpre Medal Winners.
Lupe (master mechanic), El Chavo (power washer – with eight arms it’s easy!), and Elirio (master painter and detailer) reign supreme in their own service garage. They work their magic on run down trucks, sedans & vans, making the ordinary…extraordinary! When their pet cat Genie comes up missing from the garage they load into their hydraulically tricked out, jet-powered car to find her. When they say they’ll go to the ends of the earth to find her…they mean it! ¡Vámonos!
Their quest to locate Genie takes them to an elaborate corn maze and the Underworld of Mictlantecuhtli deep in the center of the earth. Like Hades in Greek Mythology, Mictlantecuhtli is God of the Dead and King of the Underworld in Aztec Mythology. (The Aztecs were people who lived in central Mexico in the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries.)
As you might guess, Mictlantecuhtli is not nice! Or honest! If the friends are going to get their cat back they’re going to have to be extra brave as well as extra smart. It takes some moxie to outsmart the Lord of the Underworld!
Most of the book is written in English but some words and phrases are in Spanish. You can see what the Spanish words mean at the bottom of each page. These words and phrases…are probably not what you learn first in Spanish class…but might be what you learn first from a Spanish speaking friend. ¡Qué chido!
- ¡Ándale! – Come on!
- ¡Así mero! – Just like that
- Chamacos – Pip-squeaks
- ¡Vámonos! – Let’s go!
- Tatuajes – Tattoos
- Vatos – Dudes
Don’t miss the Lowriders first adventure, The Lowriders in Space!
- KidsReads: Lowriders to the Center of the Earth
- Official Website: Author Cathy Camper
- Official Website: Illustrator Raúl the Third
- Printable: Activity Kit for Lowriders to the Center of the Earth