Nobrow Press is an innovative publisher that caters to a market of illustrators and authors. Flying Eye Books is their children’s literature fraction which produces some of the most unique stories and art in the brand and the “Hilda” series is a prime example of this.
“Hilda” is a book series about a little girl who has blue hair, a supportive mother and a beloved white fox pet, named Twig. Hilda lives in a fantastical world filled with odd creatures and strange landscapes. An adventurous little girl, Hilda is a character who will appeal to both male and female readers.
To date, there are four books in the Hilda series with a fifth due to be released in 2016. “Hilda and the Troll” is the first story which introduces the audience to Hilda, her mother and her pet fox as well as several “rock trolls” and a mysterious wooden man that resides near her home. “Hilda and the Midnight Giant” tells the story of Hilda’s fantastical neighbors–both the very small and a very large. “Hilda and the Bird Parade” chronicles Hilda’s adventures as she adjusts to life in the city, befriends a thunderbird and ends up in a parade. “Hilda and the Black Hound” introduces readers to house dwelling creatures called “Nisses” and a mysterious black dog that wrecks-havoc on the city in which Hilda resides. Excitingly, there is a new Hilda book due out in July 2016 titled “Hilda and the Stone Forest.” According to an early press release the synopsis reads as such:
Hilda is grounded and she’s attempting a daring escape! But everything is thrown off course when her mother catches her and is dragged along for the ride. Furious with each other, the pair find themselves on forced to embark on a dangerous adventure home through the land of the trolls.
Each one of the stories is beautifully illustrated and told with compassion, humor, mystery and–above all else–adventure. Moreover, this book contains some truly deep dialogue and characters that will make the plotlines interesting to older kids and adults, too. Hilda greets every strange creature–from wooden men to trolls to giants and elves–with kindness. She yearns to understand and befriend the other creatures with whom she shares her world. Yet she is also spunky and quick-witted–the perfect mix for a very compelling and likable character.
Author and illustrator Luke Pearson has an incredible imagination that shrines through in both his drawings and plots. He also entwines emotional depth into every of his stories–with each one including elements of true tenderness, kindness and humor. These books are stunning, creative and absolute joys to read. It is easy to get lost in the lovely artwork and unpredictable storylines that make this series addictive.
Essentially, all of Hilda’s stories are very deep without being heavy-handed and so they appeal to a huge age range. Parents can read these stories to toddlers whilst an older person can read them recreationally and both the young and the old readers will likely find them equally captivating and delightful. Overall, I give this series 5 out of 5 stars and strongly recommend it.
The books are available in both hardcover and paperback. To learn more and/or purchase a book from the Hilda series, visit the official Nobrow Press website.