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Hilda and the Bird Parade
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Hilda and the Bird Parade

by Luke Pearson (Illustrator)
 

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Hilda is coming to Netflix in 2018!

Hilda's magical, Eisner-nominated third adventure is now in paperback!

Hilda and her mother have finally laid roots down in their new home in Trolberg. Pining for her magical friends and wonder filled homeland, Hilda is finding it hard to fit in to this crowded new place. But today is somehow different, today Hilda

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Hilda is coming to Netflix in 2018!

Hilda's magical, Eisner-nominated third adventure is now in paperback!

Hilda and her mother have finally laid roots down in their new home in Trolberg. Pining for her magical friends and wonder filled homeland, Hilda is finding it hard to fit in to this crowded new place. But today is somehow different, today Hilda sees a glimmer of the magic she left behind in the fjords . . .

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Pamela Paul
[Tolberg] 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. In Hilda's world, daytime is drawn in burnt orange, maroon and drab olive, and the night is an icy, eerie wash of dark teal and minty blue. Each landscape contains its own tantalizing visions. Hilda is also a very appealing character—perceptive and buoyant…
Publishers Weekly
Following the events of Hilda and the Midnight Giant, a PW Best Book of 2012, tiny blue-haired Hilda and her mother are settling into the fictional town of Trolberg. It’s a far cry from their idyllic mountain home: Hilda’s mother is nervous about letting her daughter roam free, and the local kids’ idea of a good time is to pull pranks on neighbors and throw rocks at birds. When a large, black bird is left injured and amnesiac after being hit by one such rock, Hilda tries to help it remember how to fly as well as find her own way home. Although Trolberg initially seems grim (down by the docks, the bird scares Hilda with a story about a rat king, to which she responds, “You can’t remember who you are but you can remember that?”), Pearson shows how Hilda’s optimism, curiosity, and self-assuredness help her make the most of this unfamiliar new setting. The reds, golds, and blues in the palette (Hilda’s signature colors) hint at the way her outlook transforms the town from intimidating and rundown to a place where magical, wonderful things can happen. Ages 6–up. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

Hilda and the Bird Parade is a New York Times' Notable Book for 2013
One of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2013
Nominated for the 2014 Eisner for Best Publication for Kids!

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

A perfect pitch between childlike adventure, subtle mystery, and gentle lyricism.
—Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"[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

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

Although Trolberg initially seems grim (down by the docks, the bird scares Hilda with a story about a rat king, to which she responds, “You can’t remember who you are but you can remember that?”), Pearson shows how Hilda’s optimism, curiosity, and self-assuredness help her make the most of this unfamiliar new setting. The reds, golds, and blues in the palette (Hilda’s signature colors) hint at the way her outlook transforms the town from intimidating and rundown to a place where magical, wonderful things can happen.
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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.
-Okazu

A joyous riot of animist magic.
—The Times

A beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic.
—The Observer

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

Pearson has hit his stride with this world. The book has the same wonderful color scheme as the previous and maintains similar tonal shifts as well, with warm colors for cozy home scenes and cool colors for outdoor night scenes. The lettering is crisp and strong.
—Comics Alliance

My admiration for Luke Pearson just grows. Hilda's new urban world is wonderfully drawn for his enchanting female character and is sure to rouse admiration for her independent, sympathetic spirit. […] The panels are engaging, often humorous and full of adventure. Perfect graphic storytelling!
—Sal's Fiction Addiction

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Hilda and her mother have moved into Trolberg in this “Hildafolk” series book, allowing readers to now see what she thinks of city life. There is no doubt it can be daunting. The roads all look the same; and even though the doors and chimneys all look different, it can be hard to find one’s way around. Although her mother used to give Hilda free reign on the mountain, city life leaves her frightened for the girl’s safety. When Hilda’s schoolmates invite her out to play, her mother lets her go, as long as she does not wander alone and comes home in time for dinner before the parade. Hilda finds she does not have much in common with the children, who get their kicks by pranking people and throwing rocks at birds. When one boy knocks a raven from a tree, Hilda breaks from the group. She sets out to take the bird home so he can heal but she cannot find her way. As time passes, Hilda’s mother becomes distraught with worry. She sends Twig to find the girl and then convinces herself that Hilda is probably waiting for her at the parade. When Hilda returns to the empty apartment, she takes care of the raven before setting out to find her mother. That adventure shows her that exploration does not need to cease, and she can find magical creatures even in this unexpected city place. Readers who wondered how Hilda would survive after her home was crushed accidentally by the Midnight Giant will thrill at this story. Readers will hope for more of Hilda’s adventures. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 6 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781909263062
Publisher:
Nobrow Ltd
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Series:
Hildafolk Series
Pages:
44
Sales rank:
628,709
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
GN200L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


Luke Pearson has fast become one of the leading talents on the UK and US comics scene due to the wild success of his Hilda series. He was the winner of the Young People's Comic category at the British Comic Award in 2012 and has been nominated for the Eisner Award's Best Publication for Kids and Best Writer/Artist in 2013. He recently worked as a storyboard artist ont he cult show Adventure Time, and remains a frequent contributor to comic anthologies in the UK while self-publishing a number of small-run mini-comics.

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