Graphic Novel Review: Pilu of the Woods

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

4 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


Willow has a fight with her sister, and runs out to the woods where she used to go hiking with her mother. She meets a tree spirit named Pilu, who has run away from her grove, and the two form a friendship and help one another navigate their turbulent emotions.

Both girls are struggling with loneliness and anger, and they are remorseful after arguing with their families, but don’t know how to stop. When Willow’s emotional monsters begin to take on a real form, the two girls are in danger, until Pilu discovers how to resolve the emotional pain both girls are hiding.
The setting of the beautiful forest is really lovely, and has such a powerful impact on the story. The rushing water in a stream, a circle of mushrooms glistening with dew, a large green leaf fluttering on the wind, all these things set a tone for the story. Sometimes it’s a quiet mood, and sometimes it’s a powerful rainstorm and flashing light through the trees.

The illustrations are captivating and enchanting! I love the beautiful greenery and vibrant colors, and I love how the lines invoke movement. The expressions on each character’s face really tell the story and give depth to the characters.

I loved this graphic novel! It’s really emotional and moving.

Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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