Hilo: The Great Big Boom – by Judd Winick


  Hilo: The Great Big Boom (Hilo, # 3)  by Judd Winick, Random House, 2017. 9780385386203

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Science Fiction

What did you like about the book? Hilo is a robot who looks very much like a little boy with blonde hair. Except, he was built by an evil inventor named Razorwark in order to carry out his nefarious schemes. Hilo left Razorwark and went out on his own, with the aim of not doing anything mean or destructive. That is the back story which is ably communicated through flashbacks in this third volume. Hilo’s and his friend D.J. want to find their friend Gina, who got sucked into a mysterious portal in the last book. Hilo finds the portal and the friends meet the Furback clan and their nemeses the not-so-smart Scail Tale Clan. They must complete their quest before the portal closes. This fast paced adventure features bad guys, wise cats, the greatest sorceress ever to live, who happens to be a duck, and and some surprisingly sweet friendships. The characters include brown-skinned D.J. and Gina, a black girl in dreadlocks. I like that there are equal parts evil, humor and kindness in the story. The colorful cartoons are funny and speak volumes when there are no words.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Offer this to kids who like Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl, Sava’s Pet Robots and other sci-fi graphic novels.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: March 11, 2017

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