Fourth Grade Journey

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hilo The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

How I Heard About It:  You can't follow Colby Sharp or Mr. Schu on Twitter and not be aware of this graphic novel series.  I finally got two copies of this book for my classroom at the end of the school year.  I just read it and now I will be ordering book #2 which was just released.  

What It Is About:  D.J. and Gina were best friends.  Gina had to move away with her family which left D.J. all alone and feeling like he wasn't good at anything.  Everyone in his family had a special talent, but D.J. didn't really have that special passion.  His life is about to change when Hilo "crashes" to Earth and appears in front of D.J.  D.J. couldn't be more thrilled to have a new friend, but this new friend isn't your typical boy.  He has come from another world, may have special powers, and isn't real sure how to act while on Earth.  Hilo is smart, creative, and has a wealth of knowledge which comes in handy at times, but also can be embarrassing for both himself and D.J.  When Gina moves back, D.J. is thrilled but notices there are some differences between the two of them.  As the three of them become a "trio", they learn where Hilo actually came from, why he is on Earth, and what he needs to accomplish while here.  

What I Thought Of It:  It has been awhile since I've read a graphic novel.  This afternoon I hunkered down with the book and had such fun reading it.  The graphics were outstanding, the story was outstanding, and the reading experience was outstanding.  I love how there is a surface plot, but there is so much more than that.  Such great life lessons scattered throughout the story.  The three characters were quite the trio and I looked forward to their next adventure in book #2.  

Who Should Read It:  This graphic novel, and I'm assuming the second one that has just been released, definitely need to be a part of every elementary classroom library.  Readers in grades three, four, five, and even six will have so much fun with this graphic novel.  Not only will they devour the full-page color images, but will be enthralled by the story.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  5 STARS out of 5 Stars

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