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Hilda and the Midnight Giant (Hildafolk) Hardcover – April 17, 2012

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*Starred Review* Pearson has received well-deserved acclaim for his Hilda series, and each volume is a stellar example of sequential storytelling. In this installment, Hilda joins the Sparrow Scouts and sets out to win her camping badge. Following a lively, humorous montage, she’s finally ready to head off, but once on-site, she is distracted by a homeless nisse, or house spirit. Every time selfless, brave Hilda tries to help the poor sprite, she gets in trouble. And that’s not the only problem—a giant black hound has been stalking the Scandinavian city, and soon there are homeless nisses everywhere. Could the two mysterious occurrences be linked? Hilda seems to be the only one with the patience and sense of wonder to solve the mystery. In gorgeous, oversize pages filled with warm jewel tones, Pearson’s varied panel layouts and detailed, purplish backgrounds artfully carry emotional weight and subtle humor in equal measure. The house spirits are all nose and hair, while the black hound looms as a menacingly large shadow in the forest. Hilda is, as always, a charming hero, from the top of her blue-haired head to the bottom of her slouchy red boots. Every volume of this fairy-tale-adventure series is a must-have. Grades 2-5. --Sarah Hunter --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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"Plain smart and moving. John Stanley's Little Lulu meets Miyazaki."
—Guillermo Del Toro

"[Hilda's world] is. . . a glorious, exciting if also rather menacing place—one children will be eager to enter. It's also visually arresting: exuberant and lively and faintly Miyazakian."— New York Times

"Hilda is the little girl. And this is her folk tale. And pretty much everything you need to know about how good this is is there on that absolutely gorgeously delightful cover. By the end of it, you’ll have exactly the same smile as Hilda has."— Forbidden Planet

“For adults ... Pearson’s measured storytelling ... and detailed, imaginative artwork make Hilda and the Bird Parade an absolute treat to dive into. It’s hard to imagine a better all-ages comic will be published this year.”— Slate

"very enjoyable, it's imaginative and fun for kids and adults too!"— Renata Liewska, author of bestselling The Quiet Book

"If you know a young comics reader, or a a child that you’d like to turn into a comics reader – especially if they love fairy-tale-like stories – this would be a great place to start them. Hilda isn’t a superhero, but she sure saves the day." -Erica Friedman for Okazu

"Pearson’s whimsical artwork—a cross between Lucky Luke and Miyazaki—creates a magical spell of a mysterious world of hidden creatures, and the production of the book make it a treasure in itself. The story—comparable to the Adventures of Polo series by Regis Faller and Copper by Kazu Kibuishi—never flags in imagination or wonder"—Publishers Weekly

"If you haven't heard of Luke Pearson, buddy, you have been hiding under a particularly uninteresting rock this past year."—The Comics Bureau

"Pearson's latest comic, the spell-binding contemporary fairytale Hildafolk, feels just as at home in publisher Nobrow Press' visually intelligent catalogue as it does between good old fashioned yarns like Bone and The Adventures of Tintin in my bookcase." —Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future

"If what you’re looking for is great storytelling, humour, adventure and imagination then what are you waiting for? Come on in, the water’s fine." —The Illustrated Forest

"Midnight Giant is sad, but packs probably the most weighty punch of the series as far as real-life lessons for kids. […] It’s less a moral about transitioning from childhood to adulthood than it is about a transition from the naiveté of early childhood (Santa Claus, anyone?) into the more realistic stages of later childhood. It’s also about what matters most — possessions or people?"—Comics Alliance


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Hildafolk
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Nobrow Press (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907704256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907704253
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #737,810 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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Format: Hardcover
Hilda and her mother live in a cottage in the middle of an empty valley - or at least they think it's empty. They begin receiving tiny letters from elves who say that the valley is theirs, so Hilda takes it upon herself to seek them out and find a solution to their co-existence. Oh, and there's a giant that only comes out at night and only Hilda can see.

Luke Pearson goes all Miyazaki in this kids story with lots of fantastical creatures and quests with a little girl as hero. It's a charming and pleasant read, aimed at people much younger than myself (I'd say around 7/8 years old), and much less morose than his last book "Everything We Miss" which was definitely not a kids book. That said, the book plays along similar lines about the details in our lives that we don't see for whatever reason, and there is an interesting idea in this book about world perspective with the tiny elves, the large Hilda, and the even larger Giant who makes Hilda look tiny as the examples.

Well written and drawn in a style that reminded me of Chris Ware/Ivan Brunetti, though not nearly as complex as either, "Hilda and the Midnight Giant" is a great kids comic from a talented young artist whose work shows all the signs of bigger and better projects in the future.
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Here's another fine addition to the growing body of graphic novels with boy appeal that feature a strong girl. Yay!

Hilda and her mother live in an isolated house, high up the in the hills...but it's not as isolated as they seem. Tiny notes have begun appearing, telling them to vacate the premises immediately...and it turns out that their house was built smack dab in the middle of an town of invisible elves!

After filling out the requisite paperwork with the help of a sympathetic elf, Hilda's eyes are opened to the dense settlement around her...but will she be able to convince the elves in power to let her and her mother stay in their home without further trouble?

Complicating things is the mysterious giant who begins to appear outside, keeping a rendezvous agreed on four thousand years ago. Hilda's pluck and determination, and an unintended consequence of the gigantic visitation, bring things to a satisfactory conclusion.

Hilda's is a fantastical world--though the elves might be invisible, other strange beings are not. There's no violent action or stirring adventure--just a journey into the magical shared with the reader, involving a bit of a struggle with elvish bureaucracy, as well as the more tense encounters of with the giant, and the mystery of his purpose. The muted tones of the illustrations (most of the action happens at night) give a dream-like quality to Hilda's encounters with the magic around her.

There's nothing here not suitable for the younger reader, although thematically the upper elementary kid, even on into middle school, might appreciate it more. It captured the interest of my own older reader (who would have given it five stars), and my own (even though I think that Hilda is not drawn as engagingly, as, say, Zita the Space Girl; but then,who is?).
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This is the second of Luke Pearson's Hilda adventures. Unlike the first book, ("Hildafolk"), which was a bit of an adventure ramble, this book has a number of plotlines running concurrently, and is a bit more thought provoking.

POSSIBLE MILD SPOILERS. Hilda has to deal with her mother's interest in moving the two of them from their idyllic valley to the city. She has to deal with mysterious characters who are trying to force her family from the valley. She has to determine the identity of a vaguely threatening giant who is wandering the valley. And, she has to navigate an odd bureaucratic tangle involving yet another unseen society of valley dwellers. It all sounds very busy, but all of the stories unfold at a leisurely and satisfying pace.

As always, Hilda epitomizes spunk, energy, and an odd sort of dreamy/no-nonsense/adventuresomeness. This time around she is almost forced on her quest, but she still welcomes adventure and follows her curiosity. She is practical and yet given to whimsy. She can be very childish and yet react to situations in a calm and mature manner. She runs the gamut of young girl emotions and attitudes, and it is this quicksilver character that adds color and action to the story. Lots seems to be happening, even when not much is happening, and vice versa. But whatever is going on, it all has a real and honest sense of wonder to it.

By the end we have been lead, indirectly and gently, to contemplation of where Hilda fits in - to her valley, to her world, and to the folk tales and magics that inform that world. This is done subtly, with humor and a sense of adventure, but young readers will find much to mull over here, if they are so inclined. If not, it's still a fun, funny and sometimes touching tale.
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My daughter and I liked the first Hilda book (although the troll was a little scary). We love the second one even better. The art is consistent and imaginative. The story is cute and maybe a bit nerdy. It's hard to believe the author isn't a little girl himself!
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