Pilu of the Woods

Pilu of the Woods

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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. TheyaEURO (TM)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 canaEURO (TM)t find her way back
homeaEURO"which turns out to be the magnolia grove
WillowaEURO (TM)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 isnaEURO (TM)t sure sheaEURO (TM)s ready to return
home yetaEURO"which infuriates Willow, whoaEURO (TM)s
determined to make up for her own mistakes by getting Pilu back safely. As a
storm rages and WillowaEURO (TM)s emotions bubble to the surface,
they suddenly take on a physical form, putting both girls in
dangeraEURO| and forcing Willow to confront her inner feelings
once and for all.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 20mm | 485g
  • Portland, United States
  • English
  • 1620105519
  • 9781620105511
  • 1,324,384

Review quote

"An incredible and imaginative story of life and loss. Readers will miss Pilu when the story ends, but she will resonate long after."--Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery award-winning author of Hello, Universe "In PILU OF THE WOODS, Mai K. Nguyen's stunning visuals bring an emotional narrative to life. Pick it up for the beauty, stay for the feels!"--Gloria Chao, author of AMERICAN PANDA "A lovely graphic novel focusing on confronting our inner feelings and how we express them."--Kirkus Rendered in evocative lines and expressive lettering, Pilu of the Woods is a delight! Nguyen's debut is a touching tale of lingering grief and the healing powers of friendship, family, and one enchanting forest.--Melanie Crowder, award-winning author of A Nearer Moon "A heartwarming and beautifully executed parallel between the natural cycles of nature and the emotional journey of navigating friend and family relationships, Pilu of the Woods feels very special. Nguyen really captures the feeling of being a kid in the woods with a lot of emotions. Beautiful lettering, beautiful linework, beautiful relationships--just an all-around beautiful book! I feel stronger for having read this."--Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime, Dungeon Critters) "In Pilu of the Woods, Nguyen has crafted a sweet, gentle, beautifully-illustrated fable about childhood loss, and the friends who help us find ways to grow, even through the hardest times."--Melanie Gillman (Steven Universe, As the Crow Flies)
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About Mai K. Nguyen

Mai K. Nguyen is a comics maker, illustrator, and ice-cream enthusiast living in Northern California. She has previously self-published two short stories, Coral and the King and Little Ghost. When she's not doodling, she's hustling as a visual designer in San Francisco, watching too many true-crime documentaries, or dreaming about all the other comics she wants to make. Not unlike Willow, she loves feeling small amongst redwood trees and inhaling the salty-grassy smell of coastal bluffs.
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Rating details

1,058 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 42% (447)
4 40% (428)
3 14% (152)
2 3% (29)
1 0% (2)
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