The Great Big Boom (Hilo #3)

by Judd Winick (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Hilo

Everyone's favorite space boy is BACK! Hilo may look like an ordinary kid, but he's DEFINITELY not! When we last saw Hilo, DJ, and Gina, Gina had been sucked into a mysterious portal! 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!

The trio will have to battle bad guys and face disgusting food, an angry mom, powerful magic, and more! Will they survive . . . and make it back to Earth before the portal closes again?!

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School Library Journal

Gr 3-5--Hilo the robot boy and his best friend DJ must team up to track down DJ's pal Gina, who was swallowed by a mysterious portal. In the process, Hilo and DJ are reunited with old friends, make new friends, and unearth more secrets from Hilo's past. This third installment in the series delivers humor and cartoony, over-the-top adventures that fans and new readers will delight in. The violence is minimal and more silly than scary. More sophisticated readers will find deeper meaning in Hilo's quest to discover who he is, as well as DJ's attempts to be a good friend and realize what it is he excels at. Full-color artwork on glossy pages completes this bright, cheerful, and just plain fun package. VERDICT This latest in a series that has proven to be a favorite of young readers continues the high standards of the previous volumes. For those who are familiar with the books and newcomers alike.--Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

2016 Children's Choice Book Award Winner

"Winick is a master at adding new characters judiciously while also looping back to explore the established ones in greater depth." —Bulletin, starred review 

"More giant robotic ants and people going 'Aaaah!' than in the complete works of Jane Austen." —Neil Gaiman, bestselling author

"High energy and HILARIOUS!" —Gene Luen Yang, winner of the Printz and Eisner awards and National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

"Fast paced, furiously funny, and will have kids waiting on the edge of their seats for more." —Jeffrey Brown, bestselling author of Jedi Academy

"I LOVE this book. Hilo is alive, action-packed . . . and amazing fun." —Brad Meltzer, bestselling author

"A story that can be enjoyed by the entire family." —The New York Times

"A TOTAL BLAST." —The Miami Herald
Judd Winick
JUDD WINICK grew up on Long Island, where he spent countless hours doodling, reading X-Men comics and the newspaper strip Bloom County, and watching Looney Tunes. Today, Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife, Pam Ling; their two kids; and their cat, Chaka. 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 written bestselling comic book series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars, and was head writer on the Hulu network's animated series, The Awesomes. Judd also appeared as a cast member of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco and is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Visit Judd and Hilo online at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
February 21, 2017
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV008010 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Manga
Library of Congress categories
Extraterrestrial beings
Cartoons and comics
Comics (Graphic works)

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