Camper's (Bugs Before Time) rocket-powered graphic novel stars a deliciously improbable trio: Lupe Impala, a beautiful mechanic with a mane of black hair and a limitless supply of automobile knowledge; Flapjack Octopus, whose eight arms can detail a car to a high gleam; and Elirio Malaria, a shady-looking mosquito who uses his needlelike proboscis to pinstripe cars with fantastic accuracy. Raśl the Third's dazzling art, done with red, black, and blue ballpoint pen, fuses the energy of Mexican folk images, the naked passion of tattoo art, and the antics of Saturday morning cartoons. Lupe and her sidekicks want to start a garage, but they don't have enough money. They enter a car competition (first prize is "a carload of cash"), find a beater, and plot their strategy: "”Y vamos a tener que echarle ganas, to clean it!" says Flapjack (Spanish translations are provided throughout). A wild journey through space gives their car one-of-a-kind galactic magic-readers will rejoice in their triumph. As a celebration of Latino lowrider culture, too, it's estellar. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.