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Hildafolk (Hilda, #1)

(Hilda #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  7,385 ratings  ·  855 reviews
“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 above. By the end of it, you’ll have exactly the same smile as Hilda has.”
— Forbidden Planet

Hilda sits in her tent listening to the thunder passing overhead when she hears a bell. As she hurtles to
Paperback, 24 pages
Published November 14th 2010 by Nobrow Press (first published 2010)
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Lumen Answering my own question as I took a chance and was successful. The first Hilda story seems to have originally been named Hildafolk, and later change…moreAnswering my own question as I took a chance and was successful. The first Hilda story seems to have originally been named Hildafolk, and later changed to Hilda and the Troll. Nobrow and Flying Eye are essentially the same company (Flying Eye focusing on children's books). It seems future publications are by Flying Eye, so the Hilda #1 that you'll want to select to match future publications is the Flying Eye version (ISBN 1909263788). This is if you're opting for paperbacks as I did.(less)
Nicolas Sandvik Lound Im 38 and loved it. If kids can see Disney movies this is gonna be awesome.

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Seth T.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Hildafolk by Luke Pearson

One of the things missing from too much of our narrative experiences is a sense of whimsy. It's not so much that everything should be whimsical, but more that it seems the vast majority of respected works are serious-minded, somber affairs. Much of what are considered to be the best examples of the storytelling mediums are works that challenge the reader's sense of the world or delve into the not-so-sunny depths of the human condition. As readers of Great Literature, we've become suspicious of h
A nice short little fantasy graphic novel for Middle grade readers and those children just starting off. Hilda is our girl and she has some sort of fox deer as a pet. This is a short story. Hilda goes out in the world and she finds a rock that looks like a troll. She hangs a bell off it’s nose to know if it will wake up. Problem is she falls asleep close to it and when she wakes, night is on its way. She makes it home only to hear the troll followed her home.

It’s a very cute story and Hilda and
Spencer Orey
May 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short and sweet. Great artwork and magical atmosphere. I wanted a bit more story, but my kid loved it and immediately wanted the sequel.
Cameron Chaney
I read this while working on the Bookmobile one day and I have to say, it is one of my favorite graphic novels right now. Well... "novel" is a loose term as this is only about 25 pages long. But still, the story, characters, and art is amazing. Very heartfelt stuff, right here. It is adorable and can appeal to kids and adults alike. I only subtracted a star because I wish it was a bit longer, but the other books in the series seem to fix that issue. Recommended! ...more
This is the first book in the Hildafolk series and although the storyline is not as complex as the later book we have read, it certainly doesn't dissapoint. The book begins with a map of Hilda's valley where she lives with her mum. The colours of this series are beautiful, muted shades of turquoise blues, olive green, mustard, peach and burgundy. The story follows Hilda and her mum and their life in a mountain valley. There is a mix of real everyday life and magical creatures that works very wel ...more
Gorgeously whimsical, with some lovely philosophical moments too. And the art is wonderful:

Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kidstuff
Oh, boogers! I read these W-A-Y out of order. Ah, anyway . . . it's always good to visit with my favorite little blue-haired girl. ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I flip through these pages and fall deeper and deeper in love with the LAYOUTS! The COLORS! The adorable cute and creepy WORLDBUILDING!

This first story in the Hilda universe is notably void of exposition - Pearson wastes no time explaining this little world he's created and just throws us right into a little story about Hilda, a Troll Rock, and the Wood Man.

Obv her companion fox-with-antlers is freaking insanely adorbz. I know lots of quirky, hipster* librarians who would wear his pages as a dr
Joey Rambles
Sep 23, 2018 marked it as to-read
Did you guys see that Netflix show?! Oh my god, it's so GOOD! It's like Gravity Falls all over again!

I've got nothing but overwhelmingly positive things to say about the Netflix series adaptation of this book. It's so whimsical and colorful and lusciously animated. I love every single character (David is obviously my favorite!) and I can't wait for more episodes.

But that's obviously going to take a while, so I think I'm going to read the book series instead. Unfortunately, I can't find a copy o
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is meant to encompass all 5 books out thus far.

What if our world was a lot more? More unknown creatures, some benevolent, some a little scary, but what if you had the heart to realise that there's always the good mixed in with the not-so-good?

Hilda, the eponymous heroine of the series of graphic novels, just so happens to have the heart and insight to treat people and creatures alike with kindness, no matter how outwardly scary they might be.

What I really liked, was that as much as t
The Captain
Feb 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger-readers
Ahoy there mateys! I just don’t get it. How is there a story here? I actually did enjoy the artwork but the story was fragmented. The blurb says that ” 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.” Hilda doesn’t befriend the troll and runs away from it and is scared. She also doesn’t like the little wooden man either. She learns the error of her ways because ...more
Kayla (onthefritz)
Hilda is a girl who lives in this secluded land with her mother and other creatures. Creatures include a woodman who is constantly entering their house uninvited, a horned fox pet, and large rock trolls that eat humans.

That's about it, lol. Not a ton happens here, it kind of read like this was all in the child's imagination, but it wasn't. This is targeted for children, which I get, but the plot and dialog had a dry adult humor to it, and there is one character in here that says "Damn It" so...
Arie ☂

3.5 stars. Whimsy and wistful with little moments of bittersweet. The art is also beautiful. It's so COZY and SNUG that you'll be reaching for a blanket and a cup of cocoa to curl up with on the couch while you read some more of Hilda's adventures.

Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
Although the rest of the series gets so much better, this first book is lovely and engaging. We are introduced to Hilda, a young blue-haired girl (perhaps around 10 years old in conception) who defines herself as an adventurer, taking every opportunity to explore the wild and put herself in perceived-but-safe harms' way. Fortunately, she lives in a fantasy land, with trolls that turn to stone in daylight and giant floating puffball mammal creatures, and the woodman. She lives in a remote cabin w ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've reread this to complete my last reading challenge for the booktubeathon. I am aware that this is a graphic story which can be read within five minutes... but cheating is my lifestyle. ;)

I've said it time and time again, but I am a huge fan of Nobrow's 17x23 series. I think it's a great way to feature unknown artists and give them a display for their craft. Hildafolk is one of the better known graphic short stories of this collection, and I can definitely see why. The art style is cute af,
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy, comics
A cute little comic for kids. The art is adorable, and Hilda herself is a fun character to follow. I liked Pearson's take on trolls, too. ...more
Tom Mooney
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I flipping love this. And the TV adaptation is just a work of genius. So weird. Reminds me a fair bit of the Moomins.
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Comic book, quest, and fairytale nerds young and old
What a stunning little book this is. Pearson has rendered Hilda's world with incredible fullness, with a perfected palette of inviting and cozy brick, teal, and sea foam, expressive facial expressions and diverse compositions that make text almost unnecessary in his storytelling, and a fantastical setting that joins the mountains of Scandinavian countryside and monsters of its folklore naturally with modern language (“What is this guy's problem?”, “I still think he's very rude, and a weirdo too. ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars for the comic.
Hilda is an adorable character that pulls you into her whimsical world full of sweet and charming creatures.
It's definitely a world I want to go back to. I only wish the book had more pages.

4 stars for the Netflix series! If you like Gravity Falls, you're going to enjoy Hilda.
The animation and storytelling are amazing. The show has the same cozy and magical feeling as the books. There are some differences in the storyline between the two though, so I didn't regret rea
Daniel Sevitt
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-comic
Such is the life of a reader! I picked this up after I heard they had made a Netflix show of it and because it sounded fun. It is. Hilda is a delight and her exasperation at the wood-man's appearances are a joy. I was right there with her sleeping in a tent in the rain, feeling the thrill of being safe and snug, yet so close to the elements. I found myself lingering over the panels and relishing every expression. I can't wait to pick up more of Hilda's adventures. ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
A nice introduction to this strange series. If I found the story too simple for my tastes, I liked the various creatures and Hilda. Her interactions with all the strange characters were nice, with some surprises, and I enjoyed to discover some of them at the same time as her. The artwork was quite pleasant with lovely colors and design. I'll check the next for sure. ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Hilda. I came to this series because the Netflix adaptation made me fall in love, and I wanted to read the books. I am so glad I picked these up because the art in the book is so captivating. The wonderful thing is that it really feels different being immersed in the illustrations vs. being drawn into the animation. I am so glad to have both of these versions now.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super cute characters and amazing world building! Definitely going to check out the rest of the series
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute, short comic. Loved the Netflix series and this was well done. Needed a little more action and I prefer the way Hilda and her mom are drawn in the show but overall a nice comic with colorful illustrations.
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this was absolutely adorable. I love the muted palette of the illustrations, Hilda herself, and all of the creatures she meets. Especially the wood man!
Yesssss!! A beautifully drawn, clever and smart for adults, sweet for the kiddos read. Can't wait to track down more... Also can't wait until my daughter is a couple years older and we read these together! (You don't need a kid as an excuse to love Hilda though)
If you like Lumberjanes here's the Lumber-lone wolf.
Matthew Galloway
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, graphic-novel, mg
It was interesting to finally get ahold of the first volume after reading all the rest! It’s still very cute, though the art is different and most of the characters seem a bit different too. It still doesn’t explain things like where Twig came from, but I understood it as well as i did all the rest. I enjoy both Hilda and her mother’s characters more in later volumes, but the foundation of it all seems to be here.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books

Ok... what was that about? It was a simple story about a girl going on an adventure in a world full of giants, trolls etc. I guess it is about disproving prejudice and taking all information in, but that is kind of it. I guess I am just simply too old for this kind of story. This is more something for 7-8 year olds.
Rachel Placchetti
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
Rereading this with my precocious, monster-loving 2 year old. Now she’s named one of her peg dolls Wood Man, and she yells “JINGLE JINGLE” while pretending to be a monster chasing me through the house. Definitely not a book for most toddlers but my little weirdo loves it.
Mrs G
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this and my 8-year-old self would have devoured it. I can imagine this inspiring children to make their own comics. The illustrations are exquisite - comforting and whimsical. Perfect for Y3+.
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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.

"Pearson’s whimsical artwork—a cross between Lucky Luke and Miyazaki—creates a magical spell of a mysterious world of hidden creatures, an

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