Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

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In Hilda and the Midnight Giant, our protagonist finds her world turned upside down as she faces the prospect of leaving her snow-capped birthplace for the hum of the megalopolis, where her mother (an architect) has been offered a prestigious job. During Hilda's daily one-and-a-half hour trek to school she looks for ways to stall her mother's decision. She conspires with the beings of the mystical Blue Forest to delay the inevitable. Will they help or hinder her? More importantly, who is this mysterious Midnight Giant? Luke Pearson is a comic book artist and illustrator, author of Hildafolk and Everything We Miss (published by Nobrow Press). Hildafolk, his first book for Nobrow Press, quickly gained him recognition as a leading proponent of the new wave of English cartoonists.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 220 x 306 x 10mm | 439.98g
  • Nobrow Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • chiefly col. Illustrations
  • 1907704256
  • 9781907704253
  • 106,993

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Hilda is coming to Netflix in 2018! 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." 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 "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." Changing Hands "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 naivete of early childhood (Santa Claus, anyone?) into the more realistic stages of later childhood. It s also about what matters most possessions or people?" Comics Alliance "Wonderful characters and story. A pure delight to read!" Nicola Mansfield "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." Charles Hatfield "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." Avoid the Future "show more

About Luke Pearson

Luke Pearsons Hildafolk series started as a single issue comic that has expanded into fives volumes of Scandinavian inspired, critically acclaimed graphic novels for children for the artistically daring publisher Nobrow and its dedicated children's imprint, Flying Eye Books as well as an upcoming original animated series for Netflix in 2018. Mr. Pearson s notoriety with the Hilda series and his other comics have led him to storyboard episodes of Adventure Time, as well as illustration assignments for such prestigious outlets as The New York Times, The New Yorker and the New Republic. He lives in the United Kingdom, where he is currently working on the next Hilda story, the television series, and finding a way to get some sleep."show more

Back cover copy

Hilda is a little girl who has an uncanny ability to befriend even the most peculiar of house guests, but when an army of 'Hidden Elves' bombard her living room in the dead of the night with stones and forced eviction notices, she has to think twice before making these new creatures' acquaintances. Under duress and in fear of losing her beloved home, she sets out on an adventure to secure her birth right and to find out who, if he even exists, is this mysterious Midnight Giant? "Channelling Tove Jansson and Hayao Mizayaki, Pearson is developing his chops still further here, crafting pages as crisp and appealing as the best all-ages bande desinee albums of today. Hilda is the perfect plucky little heroine for this endearing 21st century folklore." -Paul Gravett, author of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die"show more

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2,283 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 44% (998)
4 36% (828)
3 15% (335)
2 3% (77)
1 2% (45)
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