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Hilda and the Stone Forest: Book 5 (Hildafolk) Hardcover – October 4, 2016
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"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
Pearson has perfected Hilda's Scandinavian-style fantasy world, and his artwork is as captivating as ever.
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
Luke Pearson’s Hilda books are the most imaginative, most inspiring, and most beautiful all-ages stories published in the past decade. […] This newest volume […] is the best yet, suggesting that Hilda may join Tintin and the Moomins as comic-book immortals.
—Slate, Slate's 10 Favorite Comics of 2016
FIVE STARS […] Another stunner in the episodes of Hilda.
—Youth Services Book Review
One of Today's Parent's 25 Best Kids' Books For Fall 2016
With a wonderfully expressive color palette and ever-sterling eye to quiet, unblemished storytelling, Pearson’s latest stands proudly among his other works. We look at works like Tintin as being distant memories of faded comics greatness; but Hilda is a series which surely will one day be looked at as a successor to the works of people like Herge, and a future classic in its own right.
An imaginative, heartwarming, beautifully illustrated tale that all ages can enjoy. Exploring the relationship between Hilda and her single mother, it’s a great read for parents and their children, providing plenty of visual stimulus for younger readers in the context of an engaging narrative with a strong emotional foundation.
Hilda is such a smart, delightful and relatable character for adventurous young girls to read about.
a significant turning point in the series […]Pearson's proven that this isn't a series of books that repeat actions from episode to episode, but rather a coherent serial that's slowly building to something more fantastic, calling back to old characters and details that may not have seemed important when they were introduced.
Hilda is back and as charming and adventurous as ever.
—The Wandering Bookseller
I heartily recommend the Hildafolk stories for young readers – especially those who love fairytales and myths – and for whom you would like to provide strong role models who don’t just slay the dragon and leave.
About the Author
Luke Pearson is the artist and writer of the Hilda series of graphic novels. He has fast become one of the leading talents of the United Kingdom and United States comics scene, garnering rave reviews from the New York Times and the School Library Journal. He was the winner of the Young People's Comic category at the British Comic Award in 2012, and he has been nominated for the Eisner Award's Best Publication for Kids and Best Writer/Artist in 2013. He has recently written and storyboarded multiple episodes of the cult classic show Adventure Time. He lives in Bristol, United Kingdom.
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Although the mother daughter tiff thing is quite normal, I didn't really like it. Up until this book the two have had a really good relationship. It's sad to see it get a little rocky. The ending of this is a cliffhanger with a really weird twist. So weird. Not my favorite Hilda book.
Notes on content: No language issues or sexual content. Some violence threatened but only magical creatures are harmed and they seem to be able to rebound well.