Loaded with his signature laughs, George Lopez's thrilling new adventure is inspired by his own colorful childhood and Latinx folklore.
Twelve-year-old Jorge is a misunderstood middle school misfit who has been sent to live with his grandparents in New Mexico. After catching the attention of his belligerent principal and the school bullies on his very first day of school, Jorge is lonely, resentful, and desperate for a friend.
But the only kid who shares his interest in junk food and games turns out to be a young chupacabra—a legendary monster with a fearsome reputation! The truth is, Carter is anything but savage—he's kind, a good listener, and has great taste in sneakers. For Jorge, being friends with a mythical creature is awesome. But when local cattle turn up dead and his principal—who's obsessed with hunting—learns of Carter's existence, Jorge must play a dangerous game of cat and mouse to keep his friend safe.
George Lopez's multi-faceted career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night programming. He co-created, wrote, produced, and starred in his own hit sitcom George Lopez, a groundbreaking show that was one of the few with a Hispanic star. Lopez can be seen most recently in his Netflix original comedy special, We'll Do It for Half. His autobiography Why You Crying? was a New York Times bestseller. ChupaCarter is his first book for children
Ryan Calejo is an award-winning author born and raised in south Florida. His critically acclaimed Charlie Hernández series has been featured in half a dozen state reading lists, and is a two-time gold medal winner of the Florida Book Awards
Santy Gutiérrez grew up in Vigo and now lives in Corunna (La Coruña), both seaside cities in Spain. In his career, he has won acclaim as the Best Spanish Young Editorial Cartoonist and Best Galician Caricaturist, and he founded the BAOBAB Studio Artists' Collective. His wife and son are his personal inspirations.
“Chupacarter is an uproariously good time, full of humor, heart, and unexpected friendships.”
—Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster Hunter
"A narrative punctuated with wisecracks and flavored with Spanish phrases and slang...Frights and fun in equal measure."
"Gutierrez’s lively b&w illustrations expertly render Jorge and Carter’s occasionally over-the-top, adrenaline-filled adventures. Actor/comedian Lopez and Calejo offer a rollicking tale brimming with Latinx folklore and culture about finding one’s home in the unlikeliest of places that never takes itself too seriously."
"Some good and gross humor...in this fantasy-infused tale."
—School Library Journal
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