Saving the Whole Wide World (Hilo #2)

by Judd Winick (Author)

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

Everyone's favorite space boy, Hilo, is just settling into life on earth (Bowling? Knock-knock jokes? OUTSTANDING!) when strange portals begin opening up all over town. And HOLY MACKEREL! 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, DJ, and GINA figure out how to send these creatures back to their worlds before they DESTROY the earth? 

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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
Solid. Expect this series to receive the same reverence as Jeff Smith's Bone.

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6--DJ and Gina, just ordinary kids, are back with their friend, Hilo, an extraordinary robot, in this second installment. Hilo is just settling into life on Earth, learning about bowling and knock-knock jokes, when strange portals begin opening up all over town. Bizarre creatures, like a giant mutant chicken, a Viking hippo, a magical warrior cat, and one million killer vegetables, come through the portals, and the people of Earth are in danger. Hilo, DJ, and Gina must figure out how to send these creatures back to their worlds before they destroy the planet. As in the first installment, this book has diverse characters, loyal friends, full-color illustrations, fast-paced adventure, humorous text, and a cliff-hanging ending that will have readers cheering for these graphic novel heroes and eager for the third volume. VERDICT For readers who enjoy "Big Nate" (HarperCollins), "Bone" (Image Comics), "Jedi Academy" (Scholastic), and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (Abrams), this series is a must-have next read.--Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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A New York Public Library Best Book for Kids, 2016

Children's Choice 5th-6th Grade Book of the Year!

Nominated for multiple State Awards—including the Pennsylvania's Young Reader's Choice Award!

An ILA-CBC Children's Choice!

"Every kid would love a pal like HILO, and every kid will love this book!" —Lincoln Peirce, bestselling author of the Big Nate series

"HILO is delightful, silly, tender, and most importantly: funny." —Jeff Smith, bestselling author of the Bone series

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

Judd Winick
Judd Winick is the creator of the beloved New York Times bestselling Hilo series. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two kids. Judd has written bestselling comic book series, has appeared as a cast member on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, and is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World friend AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Judd is currently working on the next Hilo graphic novel!
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Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
May 20, 2016
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
Graphic novels
Cartoons and comics
Science fiction comics
Comics (Graphic works)
A New York Public Library Best for Kids

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