Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
Hilda and the Midnight Giant is the second Hilda story from writer and artist Luke Pearson. If you aren’t already aware of the wonderful world of Hilda you’re going to want to start with the brilliant Hildafolk.
My favourite blue-haired girl is back and this time she finds her home under attack from invisible foes. After another night of tiny letters asking them to leave and stones through the window, Hilda’s mum is at her wit’s end and considers moving from their country home, closer to the city. Hilda insists they stay and that night she’s visited by a tiny figure who offers her a look into an invisible world.
Instead of seeing the normal uninhabited countryside she sees the hundreds of tiny homes that surround her cabin, normally invisible to the naked eye. These tiny villagers have been at war with Hilda and her mother without them even knowing and now it’s down to her to put things right.
Hilda and the Midnight Giant has solidified the lovely Hilda as one of my favourite graphic novel characters of all time. Although aimed at children this is a warm hug of a book that will delight readers of all ages. Scandinavian and Nordic undertones sprinkled with weird and wonderful creatures such as Woffs, flying cat/balloon-like creatures and Hilda’s best friend, a trust Jackalope, only add the wonderful styling of this series.
This book teaches children to enjoy and respect the creatures and the environment around them, no matter how large or how small. Luke Pearson’s work is visually stunning and the use of colour is wonderful. Hilda and the Midnight Giant contains an eternal lesson for any age in a story I’m going to enjoy reading again and again.
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