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Hilda and the Midnight Giant (Hildafolk) Paperback – April 12, 2016
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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 the Hardcover edition.
A Publishers Weekly Top Illustrated Book, 2012
"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
"[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 Book Review
"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."
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.”
"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 artworka cross between Lucky Luke and Miyazakicreates a magical spell of a mysterious world of hidden creatures, and the production of the book make it a treasure in itself. The storycomparable to the Adventures of Polo series by Regis Faller and Copper by Kazu Kibuishinever flags in imagination or wonder"
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"A wonderful tale of love, success, and loss"
City Stacks Books & Coffee
"I think I loved this one even more than the first."
"I can't wait to read more about Hilda."
Kim Haddox,Amarillo Public Library
"If you haven't heard of Luke Pearson, buddy, you have been hiding under a particularly uninteresting rock this past year."
The Comics Bureau
"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?"
"Wonderful characters and story. A pure delight to read!"
"A graceful, surefooted, graphically beautiful fantasy comic, blending Pearson's Chris Ware/Kevin Huizenga-like formal interests with an easy, assured evocation of a quietly fantastic world. Sly, charming, full of small surprises, and lovingly cartooned, with terrific body language and some startling pages, Hilda is the real deal: a confection with purpose. Subtle moral insights come gift-wrapped in deadpan absurdities; Gulliverian problems of scale (little people, big people, really big people) are cleverly worked out; and the design, production values, and color palette are mesmerizing. In short, a wonderful object and a wonderful story."
"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."
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Top Customer Reviews
I am so happy to know about this series. Hilda is an enchanting character who will appeal to many children.
Hilda is the bright spot in a rather dark world. She is expressive, strong willed and intelligent, making her an excellent role model for young readers. This story has surprising depth for the early elementary crowd, making this an excellent choice for a wide range of readers. Anyone looking for a unique tale of adventure should certainly give Hilda a try.
This is a graphic novel just perfect for the younger set. The book is big with lavish illustrations and the story is a true adventure.
When I first saw it, I thought the story might end up being a bit dark and sad. The base colors are dark and grey (though there are plenty of other colors interspersed through the panels). I needn't have worried. Though there's a little sadness, this is more an adventure and it ends very well.
This was our first Hilda book, but I guarantee it won't be our last. My daughter is now an unabashed fan!
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.
This book is a bit more bittersweet and dark compared to Hildafolk and Hilda & the Bird Parade, which makes sense given that it is currently the second in a trilogy. It's essentially the Empire Strikes Back of the series -- thoughtful and moving but less optimistic than the other two.
I would highly recommend this book to readers of the other two in the series. It's a beautiful story but I think Hildafolk or Hilda & The Bird Parade are a better introduction to the characters. If this is the second or third Hilda book you've read, I think it's easier to appreciate the darker, more pensive themes in this one.
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?).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
panels was a little unclear.Read more
The book age rank is for 6 and up but me as an adult loved it. The story itself is very captivating and well written.Read more