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*Starred Review* Pearson’s British-import series starring a plucky, blue-haired heroine continues from the equally charming Hildafolk (2010) and Hilda and the Midnight Giant (2012). Hilda and her mom have moved from the countryside, where the little girl loved to explore all day long, to a small European city filled with winding streets, ancient statuary, and strange creatures inspired by Scandinavian legend. Despite her mother’s worries, Hilda loses track of her dubious companions and befriends a wounded bird, who proves a much grander figure than he initially appears. Hilda has a huge heart, a huge sense of curiosity, and an admirable sense of courage. Her encounters with a Salt Lion and an obscurely glimpsed Rat King lack overly frightening menace and are done with artful panache, making this a fantastic choice both for kids and for adults looking for a bit less punching and a bit more quiet wonder in their comic books. Environment being so crucial to the tale, Pearson’s expressive architecture and city design are nothing short of remarkable, giving a personality to neighborhoods and even individuals doorways. His large-headed, stick-legged cartooning employs both humor and empathy and gracefully reflects the book’s tone, a perfect pitch between childlike adventure, subtle mystery, and gentle lyricism. Grades 2-5. --Jesse Karp

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Hilda and the Bird Parade is listed in the New York Times' list: Notable Books 2013

Nominated for the 2014 Eisner for Best Publication for Kids!

One of the Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013!
—School Library Journal

"A joyous riot of animist magic"
—The Times

"A beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic"
—The Observer

"The attractions of the Hilda series are quite easily surmised. There is the clever knitting together of various northern European traditions, the artist’s increasing competency with page composition, his good ear for simple but humorous dialogue, his pleasing character designs, and his consistent and attractive line which has achieved a fine flowering in The Bird Parade and The Black Hound.”
—The Hooded Utilitarian

"Pearson has hit his stride with this world. The book has the same wonderful color scheme as the previous and maintains similar tonal shifts as well, with warm colors for cozy home scenes and cool colors for outdoor night scenes. The lettering is crisp and strong."
—Comics Alliance

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Series: Hildafolk
  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Flying Eye Books; 2nd edition (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909263060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909263062
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luke Pearson, author of Hildafolk , Hilda and the Midnight Giant, and Everything We Miss has fast become one of the leading talents of the UK comics scene, garnering rave reviews from the prestigious Times Literary Supplement and The Forbidden Planet International Blog amongst others. He was the winner of Young People's Comic category at the British Comic Award in 2012 and been nominated for the Eisner Award's Best Publication for Kids and Best Writer/Artist in 2013. He has recently worked as a storyboard artist on the cult classic show Adventure Time. Luke is a frequent contributor to a number of comic anthologies in the UK as well as self-publishing a number of small-run homemade comics.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Ximm on January 4, 2013
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My nearly-5-year-old loves Hilda (rightly so). We loved the introductory book, but found Midnight Giant a step down; the situation was too abstract for my daughter to fully grok.

Bird Parade is a return to form and then some, it puts Hilda in a challenging new situation and doesn't flinch from depicting the real issues that come with being an outsider, or having moral intuitions that are not shared by peers.

Engaging, with true tension, true surprise, and true beauty -- can't speak highly enough of this series and this volume in specific. Can't wait, either, for the next volume!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Wilkes on March 21, 2013
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Our family loves the Hilda books. This newest adventure by author and illustrator Luke Pearson features Hilda in the big city, far away from the mountains she loves and her magical neighbors and friends: elves, trolls, giants and Log Man, to name a few. At least she has Twig, the antlered fox who is her best buddy. Hilda and her mom have moved to the big city and Hilda is keen to explore it as fully and freely as she did her mountain home. Her mother is understandably cautious, and is fearful for Hilda to go off alone. The adventure starts in earnest when Hilda finally does find herself lost in the city with a new bird companion who has a mystery and magical story of his own to tell. Perhaps there is more magic and mystery in the city then we think! It is a great book and a wonderful read for all ages(our household is ages 3 - 48) which grows in meaning with each reading.
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I bought this for my niece and we had a good time reading it together. She would probably appreciate it more if her family didn't spoil her so much. I also enjoyed the book, I liked the art and the story very much. It seems like this book was written for parents who wish they had books like this when they were children.
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I love all these books (some a bit more than others, of course). Gorgeous cartooning with lovely characters and stories.I look forward to purchasing many more in the series. Luke Pearson is certainly a talent to keep an eye on!
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By Mark Twain on February 3, 2014
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Another great installment in the Hilda series! This story works great for adults, as well as children. Will continue getting the series!
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By AS on April 16, 2014
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Love everything about these sweet illustrations and stories. Can't wait for the next one and the next one and the next one.
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