Meet Daniel Jackson Lim, or D.J. as everyone calls him. As a middle child of middling capabilities in a family of extremely smart, athletic, and successful brothers, sisters, and parents, D.J. thinks there’s only one thing he’s good at: being friends with Gina, his next-door-neighbor. Since Gina moved away, though, D.J. has been alone and has lost the one part of life in which he felt successful. Now, life is just average. One day, though, a little boy hurtles from the sky and craters into a field behind D.J.’s house, and Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick begins.
D.J. soon discovers that the newcomer in the backyard is just as unusual as his method of arrival. Ecstatic, curious, and talkative, the boy introduces himself as “Hilo,” and D.J. quickly learns that a name, shiny underpants, and a bad case of amnesia are Hilo’s only apparent worldly possessions. After smuggling Hilo into his house, D.J. feeds, clothes, and befriends him. Before long, though, Hilo’s past begins catching up with him, and D.J. finds himself caught up in life-threatening adventures with his new friend. D.J. realizes that, in addition to being a good friend, he’s good at something else: running for his life from alien robots.
Judd Winick and artist Guy Major have designed a colorful, quirky book which has illustrations that match the exuberance of its characters. Hilo is both fun and easy to read due to well-planned panels. Even though the panels are irregular in size, varying from full page spreads to five sections on a page, the transitions between pictures are simple and smooth.
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick is a hilarious story peopled by funny characters with personalities that remain believable, even in a fictional story. This book will entertain and delight audiences of many ages with its characters, setting, and new twist on science fiction and alien stories.