A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Meant to entertain.
Friendship is the greatest source of courage in the face of grave danger.
Positive Role Models
Hilo is an eccentric and energetic bundle of joy who inspires bravery and an adventurous spirit in everyone around him. DJ is a great friend who will do anything for the brilliant and creative Gina.
Violence & Scariness
There are several scenes of cartoon violence, with Hilo battling giant robots that pummel him into the ground and zap him with laser beams.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, by cartoonist-author Judd Winick, is a thrilling and silly graphic novel about an alien robot who befriends a misfit young boy and takes him on adventures. Though there are some intense and prolonged fights with giant robots, the comic book style and hilarious dialogue make it a great pick for young readers. This is the first of a series; Saving the Whole Wide World: Hilo, Book 2, came out in May 2016.
Is It Any Good?
Relatable and multiethnic characters, vivid illustrations, and relentless action make this vibrant graphic novel "outstanding," as Hilo would say (that's his favorite adjective, for some reason). The friendships are genuine, the battles are gripping, and the chatter is snappy and entertaining, leaving readers wanting more -- which they can get in Book 2, Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World. Kids will love the humor, heart, and sci-fi elements that make this a great comic adventure.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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