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Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by [Judd Winick]

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Praise for the Series:
* Children's Choice 5th-6th Grade Book of the Year
* Nominated for multiple State Awards—including the Pennsylvania's Young Reader's Choice Award
* A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids

“High energy and HILARIOUS!” —Gene Luen Yang, winner of the Printz and Eisner awards and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
 
“I LOVE this book. HILO is alive, action-packed . . . and amazing fun.” —Brad Meltzer, bestselling author

"HILO is delightful, silly, tender, and most importantly: funny.” —Jeff Smith, bestselling author of the Bone series

"Fast paced, FURIOUSLY FUNNY, and will have kids waiting on the edge of their seats for more."—Jeffrey Brown, bestselling author of Jedi Academy

"HILO is loads of slapstick fun with a touch of tenderness that kids will love."--Dan Santat, Caldecott Medal Winner

“Solid. Expect this series to receive the same reverence as Jeff Smith's Bone.” —
Kirkus Reviews, 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

“[A] lively and entertaining ADVENTURE with enough risk to give it heft and plenty of solid friendship to keep readers buoyed… Lush, bright colors and a freewheeling approach to panels create an immersive environment.”—
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

"My students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED!"—Colby Sharp, teacher, blogger, and co-founder of Nerdy Bookclub

About the Author

JUDD WINICK grew up on Long Island, where he spent countless hours doodling, reading X-Men comics and the newspaper strip Bloom County, and watching Looney Tunes. Today, Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife, Pam Ling; their two kids; and their cat, Chaka. When Judd isn't collecting far more action figures and vinyl toys than a normal adult, he is a screenwriter and an award-winning cartoonist. Judd has written bestselling comic book series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars, and was 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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00QP3H7KM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Random House Graphic (September 1, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 1, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 169475 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
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    4.8 out of 5 stars 697 ratings

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Judd Winick (born February 12, 1970) is an American comic book, comic strip and television writer/artist and former reality television personality. Winick first gained fame for his 1994 stint on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, before earning success for his work on comic books as Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and Pedro and Me, his autobiographical graphic novel about his friendship with Real World castmate and AIDS educator Pedro Zamora. He created the animated TV series The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, which ran for three seasons on Cartoon Network.

Bio from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Photo by Judd Winick [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding fun
By ricardo is reading on January 21, 2020
Taking Katherine Rundell's advice to heart. ⠀

DJ Kim is an ordinary boy living in a small, boring town where nothing ever happens. His family is full of overachievers, but he spends his days doing nothing much of note, especially ever since his best friend, Gina, moved away some years ago. His dull days come to an end, however, after Hilo — a mysterious and powerful boy — falls from the sky, crash landing right into DJ's life. Hilo doesn't remember much from his life prior to the fall, but when strange, ominous things start happening around the sleepy little town, memories resurface, shedding light on his past and revealing his ultimate purpose.⠀

I've heard a lot of things about this series over the years, and while the premise sounded interesting, it also just didn't seem to be My Thing, you know? But then the first book showed up on Amazon's daily Kindle deals for only a couple of bucks and, I thought, why not? Might as well check it out.⠀

I'm really glad I did. This book is just FUN. It's clever and charming and so full of heart. The characters likeable and refreshingly diverse. DJ, as a quiet and reserved kid of color was immediately relatable to me, and I just wanted to see him happy. Gina is just cool and charismatic. And Hilo is the quirky, kinetic hero, in the same vein as Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender, which is a trope that is very hit-or-miss for me, but Winick manages to strike a nice balance between the earnest and the playful. ⠀

But this is still such a playful story. And the whimsical tone is carried over into the art style as well, which, to my eyes at least, is a curious mix between Calvin and Hobbes and Codename: Kids Next Door. It works for me.⠀

In the end, I think I enjoyed this graphic novel so much because it simply reminded me of the Saturday morning cartoons of my childhood (albeit with an updated, Pixar-like sensitivity and flair). It made me feel like a kid again, in the best possible, way. A light, breezy read, but after a week of somewhat intense personal stuff, it's also exactly what I needed. (I've also been reading Daisy Jones and the Six, an emotionally draining book if there ever was one, so this provided a nice respite from that as well.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get your boys to read.
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