Judd Winick’s new middle grade graphic novel “HILO: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth” (Random House Books for Young Readers) is perfect for fans of “Bone” and comic books, as well as reluctant readers. This laugh-out-loud story has a classic blend of humor, adventure, family and friendship, HILO has something for everyone!
Title: Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth | Author: Judd Winick | Publication Date: September 1, 2015 | Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers | Pages: 208 | Recommended Age: 8 to 12
Introducing HILO—a funny, action-packed, full-color new middle-grade graphic novel series that “Bone” creator Jeff Smith calls “delightful.”
D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But that was before a mysterious boy came crashing down from the sky! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a bad idea!) . . . But what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world?
HILO is Calvin and Hobbes meets Big Nate and is just right for fans of Bone and comic books as well as laugh-out-loud school adventures like Jedi Academy and Wimpy Kid!
1. What is the book about?
This book is about DJ who thinks that he can’t do anything. But when a strange boy crashes onto earth DJ, realizes that he isn’t just a useless person who can’t do anything.
2. Who are the main characters?
The main characters are DJ who thinks he doesn’t know how to do anything at all; Gina, who used to be friends with DJ but who moved away then back; and Hilo, a robot boy who loses his memory when he crashes to earth and has to protect everyone else from other robots that go haywire.
3. What are your favorite parts of the book?
My favorite part was when DJ first met Hilo; because Hilo was really funny and weird. I also liked that it was a graphic novel – I like reading those.
4. Was there anything that you didn’t like or that didn’t make sense?
The only part that didn’t make sense was the start of the book that tells how Hilo and DJ met before the story actually starts, because the clip that it shows didn’t even happen in the book. I don’t know … I just don’t understand that part.
5. What are some of the things you learned from the book?
I learned that even if you think you are not capable of anything or you are useless, you should know that everyone is good at something.
6. What do you think of the book cover and other images?
I really like the images in this book because they were really funny and crazy.
7. Overall, what did you think about the book?
I thought that this book was really funny and cool. I thought the idea was really interesting and fun. The book was really good. I read the whole thing in about 30 minutes.
8. Who do you think would like this book?
I think boys and girls 7-13 would like this book.
* We received a copy of this book free-of-charge in exchange for our honest opinion. All opinions expressed her are our own.
More Buzz About the Book
“A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots.” ~ Kirkus Review, starred review
“Diverse characters, good friends, and humorous dialogue coupled with colorful illustrations and plenty of action makes this a must-have for all children’s graphic novel collections.” ~ School Library Journal, starred review
“I LOVE this book. And I’m not the only one. My 11-year old son loved it. And when my 7-year old daughter saw it, she picked it up and loved it too. Hilo is alive, actionpacked…and amazing fun. Not since Bone have I been this excited to see the launch of a series.” ~ Brad Meltzer, bestselling author The Fifth Assassin, Host The History Channel’s Decoded
“More giant robotic ants and people going ‘Aaaah!’ than in the complete works of Jane Austen” ~ Neil Gaiman, bestselling author
“Every kid would love a pal like HILO, and every kid will love this book!” ~ Lincoln Peirce, bestselling author of the Big Nate series
“HILO is delightful, silly, tender, and most importantly: funny.” ~ Jeff Smith, bestselling author of the Bone series
“A perfect book for any kid who ever needed a friend and then had one with superpowers fall from space.” ~ Seth Meyers, actor, comedian and writer
“[Judd] creates a rousing adventure with a diverse cast (D.J.’s family is of Asian descent, while Gina’s is African-American), and a cliffhanger ending should leave readers anticipating the next book, due in spring 2016.” ~ Publishers Weekly
About The Author: Judd Winick
JUDD WINICK is an award-winning cartoonist and has scripted bestselling characters including Batman, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow and characters for Justice League, and Star Wars. He was the head writer on the Hulu network’s animated series, The Awesomes. Judd also appeared as a cast member of MTV’s The Real World: San Francisco and is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Visit Judd and Hilo online at www.juddwinick.com and follow @JuddWinick on Twitter.
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