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Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

by Luke Pearson

Published: Nobrow Press (April 17, 2012)

Recommended age level: 10 & up

In a nutshell: I’ve seen a lot of wonderful feedback regarding this graphic novel. Last night at the library, I saw it was available, and untouched in the children’s room graphic novel section. Zero checkouts? How can that be? I took Hilda home that night…

Hilda and her mother live in the quiet countryside with her pet fox, Twig. Well, it’s quiet except for the times when their house is under the attack of “Hidden Elves”, invisible to the human eye, threatening them to leave their home at once. One of the elves befriends Hilda and helps her answer the questions of why they continue to threaten eviction and how she can stop it, and so an adventure ensues to find a way to stay in her much-loved home. At the same time a mysterious giant continually shows up in the dark of the night and then vanishes.

I fell for this magical world within the first few pages. Hilda and the Midnight Giant lives up to the hype. It’s humorous, thought-provoking, and all around clever.  The illustrations are exceptional and compliment Hilda and her quirky, supernatural world. I’m smitten.

Please don’t let me find this book on the library shelf again. It deserves to be read and shared.

Perfect for: Fans of fantasy graphic novels like Moomin or if you happen to be up for a different kind of fairy tale.

Don’t take my word for it: Selected as one of 100 Scope Notes and Watch. Connect. Read’s Top 20 Books of 2012

 

 

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