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Hilo 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Contributor(s): Winick, Judd
ISBN: 0385386176     ISBN-13: 9780385386173
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $12.60  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: September 2015
Annotation: When a mysterious boy from outer space crash lands on the Earth with no memory of his identity, D.J. and his friend Gina help the boy try to unlock the secrets of his past. By the award-winning cartoonist and head writer of "The Awesomes". Simultaneous eBook. Tween
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Amnesia; Fiction.
Identity; Fiction.
Robots; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction
Dewey: 741.5/973
LCCN: 2014030736
Lexile Measure: 220
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Hilo
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 0.60" (1.00 lbs) 191 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 176196
Reading Level: 2.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q66873
Reading Level: 3.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): 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 scripted issues of bestselling comic 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

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
Color by Guy Major. D.J., who worries that he's not good at anything, befriends newly crashed amnesiac extraterrestrial Hilo and is pulled into a madcap adventure complete with sentient robots, giant insects, and plenty of burp jokes. Impeccable comedic timing (including clever paneling and page turns), a diverse cast, and Hilo's frenetic enthusiasm for new experiences make this series-opening graphic novel pure fun.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 July #1)

While D.J. Lim's friends and family are all "awesome at something," the 10-year-old sees himself as average and boring. That's until Hilo, a boy with superpowers, crash lands on planet Earth, making D.J.'s life anything but dull. Although Hilo can fly and shoot lasers from his hands, he's clueless when it comes to normal things like food and clothing, forcing D.J. to look after the shaggy-haired dynamo like he would a puppy. Hilo can't recall where he came from, but his memories slowly return as he, D.J., and D.J.'s friend Gina contend with giant robotic insects that herald something more sinister. Winick keeps the action flowing while giving his characters authentic motivations and including numerous jokes and recurring gags (Hilo's favorite human greeting is the terrified "Aaahh!" he and D.J. exchanged when they met). Though Winick's comic-strip lookalike cartoons are a tad generic, he 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. Ages 8–12. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 August)

Gr 2–5—Daniel Jackson Lim, aka DJ, is an ordinary boy in a family of overachievers. He meets Hilo, a robot boy who fell to Earth from space and doesn't know where he came from or what he is doing on this planet. DJ, along with his best friend, Gina, help Hilo unlock the secrets of his past and stop the destruction of the planet. The first installment in this graphic novel series is a fast-paced adventure that is beautifully illustrated in full color and aimed at readers who would love to have a superhero friend. Captivating, silly, tender, and, most importantly, funny, this title will be popular with all readers—from reluctant to avid. The strength of friendship and cooperation is a theme throughout. With a cliff-hanger ending, the book will have kids eager for the sequel. VERDICT Diverse characters, good friends, and humorous dialogue coupled with colorful illustrations and plenty of action make this a must-have for all children's graphic novel collections.—Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN

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