Hilo #3: The Great Big Boom, by Judd Winick: This series is one of my nephew’s favorites, and I hope I’ve sent the right one for him! In the series opener “The Boy Who Crashed to Earth,” D.J. Lim’s life turns from ordinary to exciting when he discovers Hilo, an extraterrestrial boy wearing nothing but silver underpants. This story is full of action and humor, as Hilo and D.J. battle robots and giant insects intent on destroying Hilo’s home planet. In Hilo #3, DJ has to find his friend Gina after she was swallowed by a mysterious portal. My note to my nephew says,
“Hilo is the best! And DJ reminds me of you — such a good friend and always ready for adventure!”
Stone Rabbit: BC Mambo, by Erik Craddock: Stone Rabbit’s boring life suddenly changes when he finds a time portal in his bathroom and he falls into the land of dinosaurs. Non-stop action ensues, as Stone Rabbit is captured by a crazy monster and has to figure his way out if he can escape and save the day. If you’re looking for high-action and silly humor, without a lot of words, this is a great series.
Squish #1: Super Amoeba & Squish #2: Brave New Pond, by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm: I especially think my youngest nephew will connect with Squish — he loves reading comics, he sometimes feels little but tries to stand up for himself when he’s pushed around. Squish is full of laughs, but he has a really soft heart.
Princeless #1: Save Yourself & Princeless #2: Get Over Yourself by Jeremy Whitley, illustrated by M. Goodwin: When Princess Adrienne’s parents lock her away in a castle guarded by a dragon to await rescue by a prince, she decides to take matters into her own hands. My niece loves princess stories, and I love this feisty heroine and this story that upends so many stereotypes and tropes.
Guts, by Raina Telgemeier: “Smile” and “Sisters”–Raina Telgemeier’s graphic memoirs–are absolute favorites, and I’m sure that my niece is going to be thrilled to see the advanced copy for her newest book (out September 17th). Raina draws readers in with her relatable situations and humor, creating a real bond as she reflects on the pressures tweens face at school and at home. Raina’s worries about school, friends (and not-friends), and getting sick just keep making everything worse. As I wrote my niece, Raina’s story “feels so real.”
Hope you’re having a fun summer and finding some time to read! The review copy of Guts was kindly sent by the publishers, Graphix / Scholastic. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases if you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site.
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