Hilda and the Black Hound Library Edition

Hilda and the Black Hound Library Edition

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Hilda is sat in her tent, dwarfed by volumes of the Greater Fjords Wildlife Chronicles with a flashlight and her restless companion Twig, but Hilda's not in the fjords and it isn't raining. Hilda's pitched a tent in her room and it's been days since she's been out. In Hilda's new adventure, she meets the Nisse: a mischievous but charismatic bunch of misfits who occupy a world beside--but also somehow within--our own, and where the rules of physics don't quite match up. Meanwhile, on the streets of Trolberg, a dark specter looms . . . Prize-winning author whose previous graphic novel was in Publishers Weekly's Top 25 Children's Picture Books of 2012Hilda and the Black Hound is the fourth installment in the award-winning Hildafolk seriesOther titles in the series are consistently popular in both children's and comic book categoriesLuke Pearson is one of the leading talents of the international comics scene. He was the winner of the Young People's Comic category at the British Comic Award (2012) and was shortlisted in the Eisner Award's Best Publication for Kids and Best Writer/Artist categories (2013).show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 220 x 306 x 10mm | 519.99g
  • Flying Eye Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1909263184
  • 9781909263185
  • 66,360

About Luke Pearson

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.show more

Review quote

Hilda is coming to Netflix in 2018! A School Library Journal Top Graphic Novel of 2014 A Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novel for Youth of 2014 A Texas Library Association Little Mavericks Nominee for 2015 "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 Though definitely an underachiever when it comes to merit badges, Hilda s broad curiosity and willingness to stand up for the undergnome will make her a winner in most readers eyes. Kirkus Reviews 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 Every volume of this fairy-tale-adventure series is a must-have. Booklist Pearson has mastered both the gentler aspects of creating a compelling children s character along with the art of conjuring an exciting, kinetic comic book adventure. The fourth book in the Hilda series is the best, as the character is now established enough on the page to allow for a greater exploration of her environment. The design, the use of color and especially Pearson s line are all impeccably beautiful without being slick. The Comics Journal One thing is for certain: if you re like me and have the previous books already, then the good news is that Black Hound is an excellent addition to the series. And if you ve never checked out a Hildafolk book before, then the better news is that Black Hound is a great place to start. A shift from the previous books in style but not losing an iota of the established, accessible and (most importantly) friendly tone, Hilda and the Black Hound is exactly the type of comics we need to see more of. Multiversity [Hilda's world] is. . . a glorious, exciting if also rather menacing placeone 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 With the Hildafolk series, Luke Pearson has carved himself a unique niche in the UK comics scene: a successful all-ages graphic novel series and it is much deserved. It is clearly the vision of one man and Hilda and the Black Hound is another thrilling and alluring instalment to Pearson s signature series. Broken Frontier A riot of colour and animist magic The Times A beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic Observer The Hilda books follow the exploits of a smart, blue-haired girl who lives in a village called Trolberg with her mom and her antlered pup named Twig. Pearson expertly mixes fantasy elements with familiar everyday stufffor instance, in this volume, Hilda joins the scouts and has trouble completing the tasks she needs to do in order to earn her badges. Mental Floss Hilda and the Black Hound is filled with magic, in all senses of that word. Comics Bulletin These are gorgeous books and Flying Eye, like Nobrow before it, continues to be a publisher to watch. The Hildafolk books all feel like they re children s books for the ages as soon as you read them and Hilda and the Black Hound is a beautiful addition to the series. Comicsgirl There s a subtlety and sophistication to the Hildafolk books; pauses and quiet panels speak volumes to what a character is thinking or feeling. While Pearson s art style could be described as simple cartooning, he does what masterful illustrators do, express a lot of emotion and mood with few, clean lines and rich color. You get incredibly detailed and powerful panels and pages which never feel cluttered, unless they re intended to be. These are truly beautiful books and Hilda s charming sense of wonder is appealing to everyone, no matter how old or young. The Mary Sue This is perfection in sixty-four pages. Hilda is brave, resourceful, compassionate, capable of epically screwing up, and always does things with the very best of intentions; in other words, totally human. Charmingly and enticingly illustrated, the icing on the cake is the fact that Pearson never dumbs things down for his audience. The resulting dry wit found in both text and illustrations is as appealing to adults as it is to kids. Foreword Reviews 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 Hilda is a curious, intelligent, and adventure-seeking protagonist. Fans will delight in her adventures, and Pearson s lush art is gorgeous without being crowded. School Library Journal This modern twist on Mary Norton s Borrowers stories is full of fanciful details, and Pearson s imaginative depiction of space turns ordinary surroundings inside out. Good Comics For Kids The Black Hound takes the strongest elements of the art styles from all of the previous Hilda books and combines them into one really wonderful volume of art. [] the adventure here is entertaining and moving. Comics Alliance The stories are never what you expect and I'm always surprised, amazed, and in love all over again. Jean Little Library"show more

Back cover copy

The city of Trolberg has yet more secrets to unravel as Hilda discovers her world is not quite held together in the way she thought it was. In Hilda's new adventure, she meets the Nisse: a mischievous but charismatic bunch of misfits who occupy a world beside - but, also somehow within - our own and where the rules of physics don't quite match up. Meanwhile, on the streets of Trolberg, a dark spectre looms...show more

Rating details

1,156 ratings
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Our customer reviews

This is the 4th book in this series and I haven't read any of the others but I think I would have felt more comfortable if I had. By reading I have the impression that Hilda (and her town) are not exactly altogether human, strange things happen there, and everyone takes it all within stride. This book has Hilda joining the Sparrow Scouts, obviously to give her something to do with all her extra energy and imagination. But during this time a large hound has been roaming, and sited, in the woods beyond Trolberg. The Sparrows go camping on private Sparrow ground which has been walled off from the rest of the forest making everyone sure the girls will be perfectly safe from this supposed "creature". At the same time Hilda has come across a Nisse, a house spirit, which has been kicked out of its home. Hilda becomes friends with him, helping him to find a new home and together they manage to both find him a home and solve the mystery of the Black Hound. Cute drawings. A fun fantasy, a bit short, but it keeps you reading quickly. I wouldn't mind having read the first ones because I think if read in order, you may be fond of Hilda by this point.show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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