November 20, 2022

BLOG TOUR Chupacarter by George Lopez and Ryan Calejo (Illustrated by Santy Gutierrez)

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CHUPACARTER by George Lopez & Ryan Calejo Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book:


Author: George Lopez, Ryan Calejo, & Santy Gutiérrez (Illustrations)

Pub. Date: August 30, 2022

Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 267

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, Audible, B&NiBooksKoboTBD,

With his signature laugh-out-loud humor, world-famous comedian George Lopez launches a fantastical middle grade series inspired by his own colorful childhood and Latinx folklore.

In this illustrated contemporary fantasy, twelve-year-old Jorge is lonely and resentful after being sent to live with his grandparents. His first day at his new school doesn’t go well after catching the attention of his belligerent principal and the school bullies, so Jorge might be a little 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 whose kind is known for being bloodthirsty livestock killers. The truth is, Carter is anything but savage—he's kind, a good listener, and has great taste in sneakers. Being friends with a mythical creature should be amazing, but when local cattle turn up dead and his principal suspects the truth, Jorge is torn. Should he trust that his friend is innocent and protect him from exposure, or reveal his dangerous existence and change the world forever?


“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."—Kirkus Reviews

"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."—Publishers Weekly

"Some good and gross this fantasy-infused tale."—School Library Journal


Book Trailer:

REVIEW of Chupacarter by George Lopez and Ryan Calejo
Rating: 4 Stars
Format: ARC (Courtesy of Publisher and Rockstar Book Tours)

When one thinks of George Lopez, the first things that come to mind are his sit-com, his acting credits and his long running career as a comedian. If you’re a fan of Goerge’s work in any of those arenas, you’ll be pleased to know that he’s added another creative outlet to his list with his middle grade debut (coauthored with Ryan Calejo) entitled Chupacarter

As a big fan of mythology and fantasy, I love any opportunity to learn about the stories of other cultures around the world. It was fun to get to see the use of the Chupacabra legend in the book, especially as the Chupacabra was in more of a hero position (rather than the villainous role they find themselves in usually). It was also exciting to get a glimpse into facets of Latinx culture; there are elements inspired by George’s life. There is also a decent amount of Spanish usage in the book, but the authors did a great job making it easy to understand for those not familiar with the language.  

A cross between a chapter book and a graphic novel, illustrations are interspersed throughout the story. Santy Gutierrez did an excellent job with the depictions of the action - the illustrations really helped to add another layer of depth to the story. I enjoyed the humor and vivid emotion that each portrayed. 

Chupacarter is an entertaining book, and a great choice for readers of all ages. I think it would be an especially fun read during the fall or autumn season. If you or a reader in your life enjoys humorous, heart-filled middle grade novels inspired by diverse cultures and myths, then you should definitely check out George Lopez’s middle grade debut today. I’m looking forward to reading Chupacarter and the Haunted Pinata when it comes out in May 2023. 

Thank you to the authors, the publisher Viking Books for Young Readers, and Jaime at Rockstar Book Tours for providing me with a complimentary review copy of the book. I appreciate the opportunity to read and review Chupacarter immensely. Please note - I voluntarily read and reviewed the book. All opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About George Lopez:

George Lopez is a New York Times bestselling author, stand-up comedian, actor, and talk show host. He made waves as the star of the most successful English-language prime-time television series about Latin Americans in recent history. His successful stand-up comedy showcases his idiosyncratic point of view and impeccable comedic timing. He lives in Los Angeles.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads | Amazon



About Ryan Calejo:

Ryan Calejo is an award-winning author born and raised in south Florida. His critically acclaimed Charlie Hernández series has been featured on half a dozen state reading lists and is a two-time gold medal winner of the Florida Book Awards.

Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @RyanCalejo.

Simon & Schuster Webpage | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon



Giveaway Details: 

2 winners will win a finished copy of CHUPACARTER, US ONLY.

Ends December 6th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Mythical Books

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A Dream Within A Dream

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Author Z. Knight

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Kait Plus Books

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Two Chicks on Books

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Week Two:


Jazzy Book Reviews

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Lady Hawkeye

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IG Review/TikTok Post


YA Books Central

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Lifestyle of Me



Log Cabin Library


Week Three:



IG Review


Locks, Hooks and Books




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The Page Ladies @jacleomik33

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A Blue Box Full of Books

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Brandi Danielle Davis

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Week Four:


Eye-Rolling Demigod's Book Blog

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Books With A Chance of Traveling

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Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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IG Review/Read Aloud



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YouTube Review/IG Post


Emily Ashlyn

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Week Five:



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The Momma Spot

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Two Points of Interest



The Real World According To Sam

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