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. Read more...
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
Praise for HILO
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, andevery 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
"Fast paced, furiously funny, and will have kids waiting on the edge of their seats for more." Jeffrey Brown, bestselling author of Jedi Academy
"I LOVE this book. And I'm not the only one. My 11-year old sonloved it. And when my 7-year old daughtersaw it, she picked it up and loved it too. Hilo is alive, actionpacked...and amazing fun. Not sinceBone have I been this excited to see the launch of a series." Brad Meltzer, bestsellingauthor "The Fifth Assassin," Host The History Channel s"Decoded"
"HILO is loads of slapstick fun with a touch of tenderness that kids will love."--Dan Santat, Caldecott Medal Winner
"High energy and HILARIOUS "--Gene Luen Yang, winner of the Printz and Eisner Awards, two time National Book Award Finalist
"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
* "Universally appealing. A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots." Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
* "Diverse characters, good friends, and humorous dialogue coupled with colorful illustrations and plenty of action makes this a must-have." School Library Journal, Starred Review
"The most enjoyable hero to hit the library shelves in years.Good clean laser-beams-coming-outta-your-hands fun for the whole family." http: //blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/
HILO kept me flipping pages with its compelling mix of modernlanguage and old-fashioned charm.There are some big themes at play here loyalty, outsiderdomand the tyranny of technology but, thanks to Winick's usual doseof humor and action, kids may find it suitable for their grownups. Armistead Maupin, bestselling author Tales Of The City series, The Night Listener."
- ISBN-13: 9780385386173
- ISBN-10: 0385386176
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 208
- Reading Level: Ages 8-12
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.02 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-06
- Reviewer: Staff
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.)