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Judd Winick grew up on Long Island, where he spent countless hours doodling, reading X-Men comics and watching Loony Tunes. Today Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife, Pam Ling; their two kids; and their cats, Chaka and Sleestak. When Judd isn't collecting far more action figures and vinyl toys than a normal adult, he is a screenwriter and an award-winning cartoonist. Judd has scripted issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League and Star Wars.
In a nutshell: non-stop cartoon action with real heart | The adventures continue for little android Hilo and his human friends D.J. and Gina, and they are as fast, funny and inventive as ever. Hilo and D.J. have to rescue Gina, who was sucked into a portal in the previous episode, and when they finally find her there’s a new world to explore, a surprise reunion with an old friend, and new enemies to take on; new information about Hilo’s past comes to light too. Judd Winnick cleverly keeps all the plates spinning, frame after frame. Hilo’s adventures are great to look at, and while the action is non-stop, Winnick still finds space for character development and a nice emphasis on friendship too. For more action-packed, funny space adventures try Steve Cole’s Magic Ink books, and for more brilliant cartoon action in colour there’s Star Cat and Evil Emperor Penguin from the Phoenix Comic Presents series. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: giant killer vegetables and a robotic Jabberwocky versus Hilo and his little band | After the cliffhanger ending of The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, readers will be eager for the next book in this cartoon series. Hilo’s arch enemy Razorwark is coming, and he’s opening portals all over earth to allow his advance guard through. Only Hilo, with the help of D.J. and Gina can stop him. In fact there are more recruits to their little band in this new adventure: a magical warrior cat of the mighty Furback clan, called Polly; and – even more surprising – D.J.’s spunky little sister Lisa. Amongst the creatures they have to overcome are the terrifying rapscallions, thoroughly evil, virtually unstoppable vegetation! Clever, funny, action-packed but with moments of real tenderness too, this will expand Hilo’s growing band of fans, and the ending will have them desperate for book 3. For more action-packed, funny space adventures try Steve Cole’s Magic Ink books, and for more brilliant cartoon action in colour there’s Star Cat and Evil Emperor Penguin from the Phoenix Comic Presents series. ~ Andrea Reece
January 2017 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: irresistible adventure story told in words and pictures | Prepare yourselves: children across the country will soon be using a shouted “Aaahh!” as a greeting, followed by hysterical laughter. This is how space boy android Hilo greets his best friend D.J. and the two are quickly set to become the new favourites of children’s fiction. Judd Winick’s fast moving cartoon adventure begins when Hilo falls to earth, dressed only in silver underpants. He’s found by D.J., an ordinary kid in a family of over-achievers, who quickly discovers that there are more creatures coming after Hilo, and they’re not nearly as friendly. D.J.’s old friend Gina, newly returned to their quiet town, joins the gang too and the stage is set for some great battles. While there’s lots of action, there’s also space for humour, friendships and the message that super-heroes take all forms. As Hilo would say, “Outstanding!” For more action-packed, funny space adventures try Steve Cole’s Magic Ink books, and for more brilliant cartoon action in colour there’s Star Cat and Evil Emperor Penguin from the Phoenix Comic Presents series. ~ Andrea Reece
The third book in a brilliant new series perfect for fans of laugh-out-loud school adventures like Jedi Academy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. When we last saw our INTREPID TRIO, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal to who-knows-where. But friends don't let friends disappear into NOWHERE! It's up to D.J. and Hilo to follow her! Will there be danger? YES! Will there be amazing surprises? OF COURSE! Will Gina end up being the one to save them? DEFINITELY! With the help of Polly, the magical warrior cat, the friends will have to battle bad guys and face disgusting food, an angry mom, terrible knock-knock jokes, powerful magic, and more! Will they survive and make it back to Earth before the portal closes again?
First in a brilliant new series perfect for fans of laugh-out-loud school adventures like Jedi Academy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. Until a mysterious boy comes crashing down from the sky and nearly blows up their club house! 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 he's starting to think he might not be the only alien to have crash-landed on 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? 'Every kid would love a pal like Hilo, and every kid will love this book!' - Lincoln Peirce, creator of Big Nate
The second book in a brilliant new series perfect for fans of laugh-out-loud school adventures like Jedi Academy and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. D.J. and Gina are TOTALLY ordinary kids. But Hilo...isn't. He's an alien robot from another world! Hilo is just settling into life on Earth (Bowling? Knock-knock jokes? OUTSTANDING!) when strange portals begin opening up all over town and even STRANGER creatures are coming through them! But it will take more than a GIANT MUTANT CHICKEN, A VIKING HIPPO, A MAGICAL WARRIOR CAT, or even a few million KILLER VEGETABLES to stop Team Hilo. Er, won't it...? Can Hilo, D.J. and Gina figure out how to send these creatures back to their own worlds before they DESTROY the Earth? Find out in HILO: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Hazzah!
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