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Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing: 07/06/18
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez is the start of the Mad Dog Rodríguez trilogy. Jolene "Tomato" Rodríguez has gotten it in her head that she needs to take a road trip. Not any kind of road trip but one on a motorcycle — one with the abandon that would make Jack Kerouac blush.
There's just one problem. Tomato doesn't know how to ride a motorcycle. She's going to learn as she goes. As she learns the road and her machine we also are given glimpses through free form poetry and illustrations / and rubber stamp art of what's going on in her head.
The book is part road narrative, part graphic novel, part epic poem. There's really no easy to describe the book or the experience of reading it. While it didn't sweep me off my feet as it has many, I am still glad to have come across it.
The second book is They Call Me Mad Dog (1998).