|Saving the whole wide world (Hilo)|
Author: Winick, Judd
Book 2: Hilo and his friends must save the world from monsters from another dimension.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 181896
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 2.70
Points: 4.0 Quiz: 68784
Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (04/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2016 Hilo, a robot from another dimension, disappeared after saving Earth from destruction. His human friends DJ and Gina miss him and are thrilled when he suddenly returns, even though he’s accompanied by a giant explosion. But now portals are opening all over town, dropping killer robots and aliens from other realities, and DJ, Gina, and Hilo must stop these invaders before their friends and family are hurt. Book two of Hilo’s adventures amps up both the silliness and the action. Young readers will laugh at Hilo’s wacky jokes and Winick’s terrific comic timing while appreciating the bravery shown by not only DJ and Gina but also DJ’s little sister and Polly, a warrior cat from another dimension. In vibrant color, Winick’s art is cartoonish, especially when drawing aliens or robots, but also reflects a realistically multicultural world. There is a recap for new readers as well as a cliff-hanger ending that prepares readers for the next volume in this satisfying and fun series. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.
Bulletin for the Center... - 04/01/2016 Hilo is back! He’s bringing enthusiasm enough to be worth the exclamation point, and readers who have been eagerly anticipating this moment will share the energy. The sharp, impeccably written graphic novel Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth (BCCB 11/15) introduced the titular character, a robot from another dimension who played a huge role in saving the world before and has now returned. A glorious twist, hinted at in the first volume, is that Hilo himself isn’t purely good, even as his kindness, generosity, and fierce joy suggests he should be, or at least wishes he was. Readers will be torn as they watch him struggle against his own past and against the impact his presence has on Earth as a whole. He’s surrounded by a diverse human cast of characters and a remarkable new addition to the mix—a warrior cat from another dimension who spits for emphasis, pursues disgusting things to prove her disdain for comfort, and shouts wild declarations with satisfying frequency. The illustrations reinforce the text, with smart color choices hinting at doom or redemption to come. Giant-eyed panic faces and over-the-top sound effects effectively carry the tension as the words. The cliffhanger end is just as cruel as in the previous volume, leaving audiences to wait another year before learning what happens next. AS - Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.