Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Hilda has always had a knack for making friends with mysterious creatures, until invisible elves try to evict her and her architect mother from their beloved, cozy mountain home. In this marvelous follow-up to the comic book Hildafolk, Hilda returns with her blue hair, pointy nose, oversize red boots, little pet, and zest for life. While her home is in danger of being smashed by the people of the Northern Elven Valley, Hilda's mother insists they can move to the city. One day, Alfur the elf shows herself to Hilda, who can finally see them after signing a stack of paperwork. Throughout the process of seeking out the mayor, prime minister, and the king in order to save their home, Hilda keeps seeing a dark and hairy giant at night who is taller than mountains, which adds to even more unanswered questions. Pearson's whimsical artwork a cross between Lucky Luke and Miyazaki creates a magical spell of a mysterious world of hidden creatures, and the production of the book make it a treasure in itself. The story comparable to the Adventures of Polo series by Regis Faller and Copper by Kazu Kibuishi never flags in imagination or wonder. Ages 10 14." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Pearsons 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
"If you haven't heard of Luke Pearson, buddy, you have been hiding under a particularly uninteresting rock this past year."Dan Berry, The Comics Bureau
"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."Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future
"[Hilda's world] is. . . a glorious, exciting if also rather menacing placeand#151;one children will be eager to enter. It's also visually arresting: exuberant and lively and faintly Miyazakian."and#151; 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, youand#8217;ll have exactly the same smile as Hilda has."and#151; Forbidden Planet
and#147;For adults ... Pearsonand#8217;s measured storytelling ... and detailed, imaginative artwork make Hilda and the Bird Parade an absolute treat to dive into. Itand#8217;s hard to imagine a better all-ages comic will be published this year.and#8221;and#151; Slate
"very enjoyable, it's imaginative and fun for kids and adults too!"and#151; Renata Liewska, author of bestselling The Quiet Book
"If you know a young comics reader, or a a child that youand#8217;d like to turn into a comics reader and#150; especially if they love fairy-tale-like stories and#150; this would be a great place to start them. Hilda isnand#8217;t a superhero, but she sure saves the day." -Erica Friedman for Okazu
"Pearsonand#8217;s whimsical artworkand#151;a cross between Lucky Luke and Miyazakiand#151;creates a magical spell of a mysterious world of hidden creatures, and the production of the book make it a treasure in itself. The storyand#151;comparable to the Adventures of Polo series by Regis Faller and Copper by Kazu Kibuishiand#151;never flags in imagination or wonder"and#151;Publishers Weekly
"If you haven't heard of Luke Pearson, buddy, you have been hiding under a particularly uninteresting rock this past year."and#151;The Comics Bureau
"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." and#151;Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future
"If what youand#8217;re looking for is great storytelling, humour, adventure and imagination then what are you waiting for? Come on in, the waterand#8217;s fine." and#151;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. [and#133;] Itand#8217;s less a moral about transitioning from childhood to adulthood than it is about a transition from the naivetand#233; of early childhood (Santa Claus, anyone?) into the more realistic stages of later childhood. Itand#8217;s also about what matters most and#151; possessions or people?"and#151;Comics Alliance
Taking the format of a Tintin book Luke embarks on his own young adventurer's escapades in this stunning volume.
About the Author
Luke Pearson, author of Hildafolk 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 is also a frequent contributor to a number of comic anthologies in the UK as well as self-publishing a number of small-run homemade comics.