Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson
  

Hilda and the Troll

Written by Luke Pearson
Illustrated by

Synopsis

Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson

Hilda can never sit still for long without setting off on another adventure. She can't resist exploring her enchanting worlda place where trolls walk, crows speak, and mountains move. The magic and folklore of the wild, windswept North come alive in this book about an adventurous little girl and her habit of befriending anything, no matter how curious it might seem. While on an expedition to illustrate the magical creatures of the mountains around her home, Hilda spots a mountain troll. As the blue-haired explorer sits and sketches, she slowly starts to nod off. By the time she wakes up, the troll has totally disappeared and, even worse, Hilda is lost in a snowstorm. On her way home, Hilda befriends a lonely wooden man, and narrowly avoids getting squashed by a lost giant. This brand new paperback edition of Hilda and the Troll offers a fresh chance to read the very first outing in Luke Pearson's ever-popular series of magical Hilda adventures. Luke Pearson, author of Hilda and the Midnight Giant, Hilda and the Bird Parade, Hilda and the Black Hound and Everything We Miss, has fast become one of the leading talents of the UK comics scene. Hilda and the Midnight Giant was selected as one of 2012's twenty-five best illustrated children's books by Publishers Weekly magazine. The book also won the Young People's Comic Award at the 2012 British Comic Awards.

Reviews

Hilda is coming to Netflix in 2018! Plain smart and moving. John Stanley's Little Lulu meets Miyazaki.

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 master of mood-enhancing colors, Pearson nudges the story from vivid to haunting at a pen-stroke, ending with a book that is vibrant delight with just an edge of spine-tingling danger. A really great story for ages six-and-up, and anyone else who thinks comics are best read with flashlights under the covers.

Praise for Hilda and The Black Hound 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

. --Kirkus Reviews

Pearson has mastered both the gentler aspects of creating a compelling children's character along with the art of conjuring an exciting, kinetic comic book adventure. The fourth book in the Hilda series is the best, as the character is now established enough on the page to allow for a greater exploration of her environment. The design, the use of color and especially Pearson's line are all impeccably beautiful without being slick. --The Comics Journal

[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

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

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 beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic--Observer

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

There's a subtlety and sophistication to the Hildafolk books; pauses and quiet panels speak volumes to what a character is thinking or feeling. While Pearson's art style could be described as simple cartooning, he does what masterful illustrators do, express a lot of emotion and mood with few, clean lines and rich color. You get incredibly detailed and powerful panels and pages which never feel cluttered, unless they're intended to be. These are truly beautiful books and Hilda's charming sense of wonder is appealing to everyone, no matter how old or young.--The Mary Sue

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

This modern twist on Mary Norton's Borrowers stories is full of fanciful details, and Pearson's imaginative depiction of space turns ordinary surroundings inside out.-Good Comics For Kids

The stories are never what you expect and I'm always surprised, amazed, and in love all over again. -Jean Little Library

--School Library Journal

A joyous riot of animist magic

A beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic

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.

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.

Praise for Hilda and the Midnight Giant

[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

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

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. -Erica Friedman for Okazu

If you haven't heard of Luke Pearson, buddy, you have been hiding under a particularly uninteresting rock this past year. --The Comics Bureau

--Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future

Midnight Giant is sad, but packs probably the most weighty punch of the series as far as real-life lessons for kids. [...] It's less a moral about transitioning from childhood to adulthood than it is about a transition from the naivete of early childhood (Santa Claus, anyone?) into the more realistic stages of later childhood. It's also about what matters most -- possessions or people? --Comics Alliance Hilda is coming to Netflix in 2018! Plain smart and moving. John Stanley's Little Lulu meets Miyazaki.

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 master of mood-enhancing colors, Pearson nudges the story from vivid to haunting at a pen-stroke, ending with a book that is vibrant delight with just an edge of spine-tingling danger. A really great story for ages six-and-up, and anyone else who thinks comics are best read with flashlights under the covers.

Praise for Hilda and The Black Hound 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

. --Kirkus Reviews

Pearson has mastered both the gentler aspects of creating a compelling children's character along with the art of conjuring an exciting, kinetic comic book adventure. The fourth book in the Hilda series is the best, as the character is now established enough on the page to allow for a greater exploration of her environment. The design, the use of color and especially Pearson's line are all impeccably beautiful without being slick. --The Comics Journal

[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

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

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 beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic--Observer

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

There's a subtlety and sophistication to the Hildafolk books; pauses and quiet panels speak volumes to what a character is thinking or feeling. While Pearson's art style could be described as simple cartooning, he does what masterful illustrators do, express a lot of emotion and mood with few, clean lines and rich color. You get incredibly detailed and powerful panels and pages which never feel cluttered, unless they're intended to be. These are truly beautiful books and Hilda's charming sense of wonder is appealing to everyone, no matter how old or young.--The Mary Sue

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

This modern twist on Mary Norton's Borrowers stories is full of fanciful details, and Pearson's imaginative depiction of space turns ordinary surroundings inside out.-Good Comics For Kids

The stories are never what you expect and I'm always surprised, amazed, and in love all over again. -Jean Little Library

A joyous riot of animist magic

A beautifully drawn (literally and figuratively) comic

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.

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.

Praise for Hilda and the Midnight Giant

[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

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

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. -Erica Friedman for Okazu

If you haven't heard of Luke Pearson, buddy, you have been hiding under a particularly uninteresting rock this past year. --The Comics Bureau

--Martin Steenton, Avoid the Future

Midnight Giant is sad, but packs probably the most weighty punch of the series as far as real-life lessons for kids. [...] It's less a moral about transitioning from childhood to adulthood than it is about a transition from the naivete of early childhood (Santa Claus, anyone?) into the more realistic stages of later childhood. It's also about what matters most -- possessions or people? --Comics Alliance

About the Author

Luke Pearson, author of the phenomenally popular Hilda series and Everything We Miss, has fast become one of the leading talents of the UK comics scene, garnering rave reviews from The Times of London, The Observer and the prestigious Times Literary Supplement. Hilda and the Midnight Giant was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of 2012's top 25 Children's Picture Books and won the Young People's Comic Award at The British Comic Awards. Luke Pearson will be the featured cartoonist on Slate in April of 2013. 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.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
40 pages

Author

Luke Pearson
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Publisher

Flying Eye Books

Publication date

1st October 2015

ISBN

9781909263789


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