Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson

There's a huge black hound in the woods who is hunting the humans as food.  What can Hilda do about it?

Nobrow Ltd and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to download and read this graphic novel.  It will be published May 13th, so watch for it to hit your local bookstore.  You might want to read the other Hilda adventures while you wait.

Hilda has a pet dog she loves dearly, but it's small and sweet.  She's not even aware the other animal is out there until she goes away to camp.  When someone spots it in the woods, they all go home fast!

This story introduces you to the Nisse.  They are a bit like Brownies.  Anything that falls down behind the couch or dresser or otherwise gets lost, is usually collected by the Nisse.  Every house has one.  And now they are all being turned out for messing up homes.  They didn't do it, but the humans don't believe them.

Where the black hound originated and why he's back in town is an interesting story.  So was the story of the Nisse (who are very funny looking) and the area they inhabit.  They can walk across worlds depending on which path they take.

The story is written for ages 6 and up, but I found the storyline more mature than most graphic novels for children.  It's a better story and has lots of fruit for their imaginations.  The black hound is not evil, he's just lost.  The ending made me smile.  Give it a try!

Happy reading.

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