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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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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.
If you are looking for more excellent all-ages comics, but in a very different vein, might I recommend The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis.
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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