Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Series: Hilo Book 1
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 1, 2015)
Genre: Graphic novel, science fiction
Source: From publisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Miss K’s rating: 5 of 5 stars
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!
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What Miss K Thought of HiLo:
What is the book about?
The book is about a boy that can shoot lasers from his hands.
What is your favorite part of the book?
My favorite part is when D.J. found out that HiLo is a robot.
Who is your favorite character?
My favorite character is HiLo.
Why do you like that character?
The reason I like HiLo is because he is a robot.
What do you think will happen in the second book?
I think in the second book D.J., HiLo, and Gina need to fight a bad guy named Razorwark because he is going to take over D.J.’s and Gina’s planet Earth.
What I Thought of HiLo:
This is a great addition to the world of children’s graphic novels. I can’t wait to see where this series goes.
When HiLo arrived in the mail, my seven year old daughter snatched it up and started reading immediately. She read it from cover to cover three times in a row, then read it out loud to her younger sister. They both loved it. Once I was able to pry it from their greedy little fists, I read it too. What I found was an action packed, laugh out loud funny story of two kids and a mysterious boy that fell out of the sky. Together they fight giant robot bugs and carefully evade the prying questions of D.J.’s family and teachers.
Kids that like humor, science fiction, and comics will be all over this one.
Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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