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Hilda and the Bird Parade: Book 3 (Hildafolk) Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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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
Hilda is coming to Netflix in 2018!
Hilda and the Bird Parade is a The New York Times' Notable Book for 2013
One of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013
Nominated for the 2014 Eisner for Best Publication for Kids!
Plain smart and moving. John Stanley's Little Lulu meets Miyazaki.
—Guillermo Del Toro
Pearson’s utter lack of pretension keeps Hilda feeling fresh, while his reading of folktales and Tove Jansson’s Moomin series embeds Hilda in the long history of children’s stories. […] Hilda’s dilemmas, while fantastic, also feel real […] Pearson has found a lovely new way to dramatize childhood demons, while also making you long for your own cruise down the fjords.
—The New Yorker
A perfect pitch between childlike adventure, subtle mystery, and gentle lyricism.
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
"[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"
—The New York Times Book Review
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.
Although Trolberg initially seems grim (down by the docks, the bird scares Hilda with a story about a rat king, to which she responds, "You can’t remember who you are but you can remember that?"), Pearson shows how Hilda’s optimism, curiosity, and self-assuredness help her make the most of this unfamiliar new setting. The reds, golds, and blues in the palette (Hilda’s signature colors) hint at the way her outlook transforms the town from intimidating and rundown to a place where magical, wonderful things can happen.
—Publisher’s Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
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.
A joyous riot of animist magic.
A beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic.
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.
My admiration for Luke Pearson just grows. Hilda's new urban world is wonderfully drawn for his enchanting female character and is sure to rouse admiration for her independent, sympathetic spirit. […] The panels are engaging, often humorous and full of adventure. Perfect graphic storytelling!
—Sal's Fiction Addiction
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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!