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Series: Hilo Vol. 3   

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Annotation: Hilo and D.J., with the help of Polly (the magical warrior cat), travel through a mysterious portal, where they battle bad guys, face disgusting food and an angry mom, and use powerful magic to save their friend Gina.
Catalog Number: #136308
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 193 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-385-38620-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-96485-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-385-38620-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-96485-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016005216
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
In this third installment, Gina has been sucked into a portal, and D.J. and his robot friend Hilo follow her through in an attempt to rescue her. Landing on a distant planet, the three are reunited with warrior cat Polly, who involves them in a clan war between the magical Furbacks and the unmagical Scale Tails, who may be as dumb as the rocks they eat. Throughout their adventure, Hilo remembers more and more of his past and the function he was created to perform. Winick's art is cartoonish, with vibrant colors and imaginative settings that bring the alien worlds to life. The multicultural cast of characters is as convincing as the slapstick humor is funny. The volume ends with a satisfying answer to one of the series' biggest mysteries, setting the reader up nicely for the next story arc.
Horn Book
Color by Steve Hamaker. Hilo (an amnesiac robot boy from another dimension) and D.J. (his human friend) travel to another world to rescue Gina, who was sucked through a portal at the end of Saving the Whole Wide World. In the third graphic novel, Winick continues to tease out Hilo's past and develop the series arc while delivering a self-contained rollicking adventure full of humor and heart.
Kirkus Reviews
The titular towheaded robot hero returns with his Asian-American best friend, D.J., on another whirlwind adventure—this time to save their African-American friend Gina and, possibly, another world.After thwarting a throng of villainous vegetables and banishing the wicked Razorwark, D.J. and Hilo must now figure out how to get their friend Gina back after she was pulled into another dimension. Drawing on Hilo's vast robot intelligence to find the correct portal that should take them to her, Hilo and D.J. find themselves in the world of their magically gifted feline friend, Polly. After locating Gina, the trio vows to help Polly and her fellow anthropomorphic mammals defeat the Scale Tail Clan—a ruthless group of reptiles and amphibians who came to power with the help of a magical orb. (The Furbacks speak a vaguely country English dialect, while the Scale Tails have a tendency to omit articles and verbs.) During their adventures, Hilo's memory continues to return, including recollections of a sister; but does she still exist? This rousing third volume hasn't lost an iota of the vibrancy, humor, and momentum that's propelled its predecessors. As the story evolves, Hilo's universe grows ever richer and more complex; readers are far from the humdrum world where a lonely D.J. sought to fit in, and the subsequent ride has been one of nonstop thrills and breathtaking imagination. Continually fabulous. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 3&11;5&12; 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.&12; Elizabeth Nicolai, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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Word Count: 6,538
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 187557 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.7 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q70253
Lexile: GN210L
Guided Reading Level: Q
Fountas & Pinnell: Q

"An action-packed page turner with heart!"—Dav Pilkey, author of DOG MAN

Take off on an action packed adventure with HILO Book 3! Dog Man meets Big Nate in this hilarious New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids love!

Aah!!!! 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?!
Here's what people (and robots!) are saying about Hilo!
“More giant robotic ants and people going 'Aaaah!' than in the complete works of Jane Austen”—Neil Gaiman, bestselling author

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

"A perfect book for any kid who ever needed a friend and then had one with superpowers fall from space.” —Seth Meyers, actor, comedian and writer

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

"A Total BLAST." —Miami Herald

* "A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

* "A must-have."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

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