Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Written and Illustrated by Judd Winick

Publisher’s Summary:
D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. But Hilo isn’t! Hilo doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a BAD idea!) . . . But UH-OH, what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of Hilo’s past? Can Hilo SURVIVE a day at school? Find out in HILO-a laugh-out-loud, epic story of friendship! Adventure! (And the occasionally mutant robot ant.)

Primary Source Pairing:
As readers, we do judge a book by its cover. It’s inevitable. As readers of series, we infer what will happen in the next book by what is on the cover. Currently, there are three HILO books in the series. For this primary source analysis, encourage students to study the covers of the three books in the series. This type of inferencing is a reading life skill. Invite students to gather books in other series and do the same type of analysis.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice about the similarities between the three books?
  • What do you notice about the differences between the three books?
  • What do you notice about the characters on the three book covers?
  • How do the characters evolve on the book covers? Make a prediction about how they may evolve in the stories.
  • Based on the book covers, what do you predict will happen in the stories?

Credits:
Hilo Book 1 cover and Summary: Follett
Hilo Book 2: Comic Vine
Hilo Book 3: Comic Vine