Hilda and the Black Hound

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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...

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Overview


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...

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

"[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

"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 animast magic"— The Times

"A beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic"—Observer

"Hilda and the Black Hound is filled with magic, in all senses of that word."—Comics Bulletin

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 3–5—While Pearson's wide-eyed, turquoise-haired protagonist goes about joining the Sparrow Scouts and learns some handy skills from building campfires to erecting shelters, a large, "wolf-like" creature prowls about Trolberg. People have gone missing, and a sighting of the hound ends Hilda's first camping trip. Back home, more mysterious happenings occur; all over town, Nisse (those furry-faced house spirits that live behind bookcases and the "gaps in the floorboards") are being tossed out in the street, forced to fend for themselves. After a face-to-face with the hound, Hilda sees an opportunity to earn her first scout badge, which thus far has eluded her. She visits the library, digs up newspaper articles, draws sketches of the creature, interviews townsfolk who may or may not have seen the creature, maps the locations of suspected sightings, and puts together a Common Core—worthy, book-length report earning her "Friend to Animals" badge. Unfortunately, the award ceremony is interrupted by the hound falling through the ceiling, but in the chase that ensues several mysteries are solved, including that of the Nisse's displacement. Sound like a lot of plot? It is, but Pearson pulls it off with aplomb. The full-size volume offers a minimum of 10 panels of varying sizes per page. Darker shades dominate when the beast lurks, and earth tones and reds and oranges when the characters go about their daily business. Touches of humor abound in both images and dialogue. A book sure to garner new fans for this feisty adventurer.—Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-09
In a never-a-dull moment third outing, blue-haired Hilda joins Sparrow Scouts, finds out where lost household items go and meets some of Trolberg's supernatural residents.As if sightings and news reports of a huge black beast in Trolberg aren't troubling enough, an increasing number of nisses, helpful but sometimes-mischievous domestic sprites, are being ejected by human homeowners for supposed bad behavior. Meanwhile, Hilda's patchy efforts to earn her camping and other scouting badges are derailed by her concern for the newly homeless nisses and other distractions. Finally, one befriended nisse shows her how to enter a special space that, being the sum total of all out-of-the-way and unreachable nooks, is cluttered with misplaced bric-a-brac—and that turns out to be where the "Beast," who is just a lonely oversized dog, is lurking when it's not barreling destructively through houses. Pearson puts a dozen or more cartoon panels on each page, but his art is so simply drawn that the action is always easy to follow. Also, he adds not just gnomic nisses, but other small creatures, natural or otherwise, to his scenes and places Hilda so that she's always easy to spot. In the end, she both exonerates the nisses and saves the dog from hunters.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. (Graphic fantasy. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909263185
  • Publisher: Nobrow Ltd
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Series: Hildafolk Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 598,883
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


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.
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  • Posted June 17, 2014

    Hilda and the Black Hound is the fourth book in the Hilda series

    Hilda and the Black Hound is the fourth book in the Hilda series. Admittedly, I have not read the previous three
    (and I plan to remedy that soon!), but I had no problem at all jumping right into Hilda’s world and adventure.  
    And while this book is marketed for children, this adult loved it.  This book truly is for kids of all ages because there
    are a few story lines going on (nothing that causes confusion) and that does lend a level of maturity to this comic.

    What immediately impressed me about Hilda and the Black Hound is how seamlessly Luke blends magic and
    fantasy into Hilda’s world. The elements of fantasy are presented as so matter-of-fact that they come across as very
    real and believable. Suspending your disbelief isn’t even necessary.

    On the outside, Hilda is a very cool looking girl — long blue hair topped with a beret and she has her own sense
    of style.  But Hilda is a cool girl on the inside too:  she is adventurous and brave and kindhearted. She is  the kind of
    story character that is quite appropriate for younger children to spend time with.

    The book and its pages just feel so good in your hands — if you are a physical book enthusiast you may feel strong
    urges to clap your hands, do a fist pump in the air, or gleefully shout “yes!” after reading Flying Eye Book’s mission
    statement on their website on why they care so much about the quality of their printed books!  Hilda and the Black
    Hound is a pleasure to read and behold and would be right at home on your bookshelf.

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    Disclosure:  I received a complimentary review copy from Flying Eye Books.  The opinions are my own.

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