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Hilda and the Bird Parade (edition 2013)

by Luke Pearson

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Title:Hilda and the Bird Parade
Authors:Luke Pearson
Info:Flying Eye Books (2013), Hardcover, 44 pages
Collections:Your library
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Tags:fiction, comics, UK, graphic novel

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Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson is the third of the Hilda books. Hilda and her mother have moved away from their cabin, to a busy city. The mother now has to work outside of the home, leaving Hilda on her own.

Scared of a new city, confused by its size and complexity, and befriended by the wrong crowd, Hilda's introduction to city life isn't going so well. Her mother and she have plans to watch an annual parade celebrating a local bird spirit.

Hilda with her ability to see what most people can't (first sight, second thoughts Ñ a perfect term from Wee Free Men), she gets to experience a magic she thought she had left behind on her mountain.

It's a beautiful book with nods to the Japanese spirit procession, but with birds and in a city that's Alpine. The colors are bold and saturated, taking on the harsh tones of a busy city and the rich hues of dusk and torch light.

The next book in the series is Hilda and the Black Hound (2014) ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 5, 2014 |
This graphic novel is about a free sprirted little girl with blue hair that is moved from the woods to a city. She lives with an over protective mother. One day she is let out of the house with some of her new classmates and explores the city. Each activity that she takes part in is not exactly a good thing. At one point, one of her companions throws rocks at birds in a tree hitting one. Hilda decides to help the bird. The bird doesn’t remember who is or what he is supposed to be doing. Hilda takes him on an adventure around the city because she gets lost and can’t find her way home. The illustrations in the book are done nicely with bright colors and it’s an easy read. ( )
  cfranson | Feb 11, 2014 |
This is more in the "weird and wonderful" category, but there are a few creepy moments.

In Hilda and the Midnight Giant, Hilda has a magical adventure in the wilderness where she lives in a small, isolated house. Every day there are new things to do and discover...until she and her mother move to the city, Trolberg. Hilda wants to explore but her mother is scared of the city and doesn't want Hilda to wander away on her own. When some kids from school let Hilda join their group, at first she thinks everything will be fine. Her mom is happy she's with friends and she can explore the city. But her new "friends" aren't as interesting as she'd hoped and Hilda gets plunged into a scary adventure that slowly blossoms into a magical evening and a new friendship between Hilda and her mother.

There are so many things to love about this story. First, the colors follow the plot; the beginning is earth colors, brown, orange, red as Hilda begins to explore the city in the daylight. When Hilda leaves her "friends" and goes off to explore on her own, the colors dim to grays and finally to a dark and creepy blue-gray. As the magic of the parade takes over, the oranges and red come back and glow brighter and brighter until Hilda and her mother experience the night magic of the city in a blaze of fiery color.

Second, I loved the unconventional friendships. There's no stereotypical point where Hilda and the other kids figure out they both have things to offer and can make new friends. Hilda knows she's different and celebrates her difference; she doesn't need the convention, boredom, and cruelty of the other kids. Although she and her mother have some arguments, they both work things out and their relationship grows and changes by the end of the story.

Third, giant magical birds. I need say no more.

Verdict: This won't be for every kid, but those that love the magical and unique will devour this imaginative fantasy and delight in the art and story. If you only buy one series for the minority, buy this.

ISBN: 9781909263062; Published May 2013 by Nobrow Press; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
  JeanLittleLibrary | Oct 12, 2013 |
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"In the latest installment of the Hildafolk series, Hilda is thrust into a new life in the bustling city of Trolberg, far from the magic and wonder of her birthplace in the Fjords. Lamenting the loss of her enchanting, wooded surroundings, Hilda wonders if she'll ever recapture the same excitement in this strange new concrete forest. Hilda is set for a thunderbolt of surprise as she discovers that her new city is not quite as plain as it seems and neither is the impending and mysterious annual Bird Parade!"--Cover p. [4].… (more)

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