Thursday, November 19, 2015
Hilda and the Midnight Giant, by Luke Pearson. Flying Eye Books, 2011. $16.50 ages 8 and up
SUPPOSED TO GET
The forms are widely
ARE YOU CRAZY?
Crazy about ensuring the
wellbeing of my people ... "
This second book about Hilda is testament, once again, to the artistic talent and storytelling prowess of Luke Pearson. It is also a coup for the skilled publication team at Flying Eye Books. I want to thank Tucker Stone, US Sales and Marketing Director at Nobrow US, for sending it along for my enjoyment and a chance to share it with my readers.
Hilda is a feisty and admirable protagonist, and is sure to win followers with her strength of character and plucky determination to get things done. She's still sporting blue hair and bright red boots, and accompanied by her tiny foxy pet.
She and her mother are settling in for a cup of tea in their home in the mountains when the sixth tiny letter of the week arrives. It's from the hidden people: their note states that the two have to move immediately and then the tiny, invisible people are going to smash down the house they have been living in. Hilda sends a terse reply; rocks begin flying through their living room window. Those flying missiles are followed by a pronouncement:
"ATTENTION RESIDENTS! HAVING PROVIDED ADEQUATE WARNING AND OPPORTUNITY TO COOPERATE, ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE OF THE NORTHERN ELVEN VALLEY COUNTIES, WE SHALL NOW PROCEED TO IMPLEMENT YOUR FORCIBLE EVICTION FROM THE PREMISES."
While sending the attackers packing, Hilda notices a very large, shaded character overlooking their land. Hilda is unafraid, but wanting to tell her mother. When she gets back inside, her mother insists that they should move into town where she has been offered a job and they would be safe from such attacks. Hilda is shaken and begging to stay - her mother relents for the moment. If anything else threatens them they are gone, she says.
During an unsettling night, Hilda hears a voice in her head that turns out to be one of the elves, a young girl named Alfur. By forging a number of relevant papers that will allow Hilda to see those who are threatening her home, Alfur sets Hilda on a quest to change her own future. While trekking from one elected official to the next, Hilda is always aware of the mysterious being, taller than the mountains and unknown to her, who is always nearby.
Humorous, mysterious, and quite magical, this book is sure to find many fans and is worthy of a spot on library, classroom and personal library shelves. Check it out!
Next up, Hilda and the Bird Parade, and then Hilda and the Black Hound! I will tell you all about them as soon as I receive copies from Tucker.