Oni Press has announced upcoming graphic novel Pilu of the Woods, from debut author and illustrator Mai K. Nguyen, set to appeal to an all-ages audience from middle readers upwards. The book will land in shops on April 17th and was originally acquired through Oni Press’ open submissions program in 2015.
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.
Mai K. Nguyen adds:
With Pilu of the Woods, I wanted to show how the kindest thing you can do for a grieving heart is to embrace your emotions, both good and bad, and to open yourself up to the people that you love. I hope readers of all ages find Willow and Pilu’s journey through the woods to be an uplifting adventure.
Look out for this new title in just a few weeks from Oni Press!