ARC Review of Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen

Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen

Review: This was another ARC I got from the lovely people at Oni Press during ALAMW19, and was excited to get a chance to read it. This was such a cute, fun and meaningful read that I could not put it down. I wished I had this book when I was in middle school, I think it could have helped me a lot. Although, it does help now even though I’m in my twenties. The way it helps is being able to understand younger kids going through tough situations and being able to understand who I was before I became the me now. There is one big moment with Willow’s monsters in her mind and how she bottles them up, but they continue to grow and take form in life (also causing angry outbursts).

I think the biggest thing I wished for at the end of this comic was that I wished that this was a series! I would love to see more of Willow’s adventures with Pilu and others beings of the forest.

Favorite quote(s):

We gotta be careful not to hurt the things that are important to us, because nothing’s really gone forever…

Not words

Not things

Not people

Everything leaves a little mark.

Why do I always let the little monsters take over?

Monsters?

Angry little monsters… That’s what I call them. They live in your head and sometimes they’re louder than your heart…They always start with a whisper. Then it becomes a never-ending chatter. First, it’s a nudge…Next, it’s a push

They keep growing and growing while you’re not looking…

They can make your mind all hot and foggy.

And then… Before you know it…

The little monsters aren’t so little anymore.

But they’re a part of you! And you’re not mean!

So how can they be? They’re not a part of me! I’m not like them! Those monsters aren’t who I am!

The more you ignore something, the louder it wants to be… nobody likes being ignored. Nobody likes feeling invisible. Looking away doesn’t help… and shutting them away only makes them angrier….Maybe if we just stop and listen…

Would I? Reread? I think so. Recommend to others? Yes. Buy a finished copy? Yes, if I’m not broke (lol).

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Advanced Readers Copy from Oni Press, in return for an honest review. Paperback, 160 pages.

Young Adult. Comic. Children’s. Middle Grade. Fantasy. 

Expected publication: April 17th 2019 by Oni Press.

Summary: A heartwarming story of friendship, loss, and finding your way home from debut author/illustrator Mai K. Nguyen!

Willow loves the woods near her house. They’re calm and quiet, so different from her own turbulent emotions, which she keeps locked away. When her emotions get the better of her one day, she decides to run away into the woods.

There, she meets Pilu, a lost tree spirit who can’t find her way back home—which turns out to be the magnolia grove Willow’s mom used to take her to. Willow offers to help Pilu, and the two quickly become friends.

But the journey is long, and Pilu isn’t sure she’s ready to return home yet—which infuriates Willow, who’s determined to make up for her own mistakes by getting Pilu back safely. As a storm rages and Willow’s emotions bubble to the surface, they suddenly take on a physical form, putting both girls in danger… and forcing Willow to confront her inner feelings once and for all.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

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