Hilda & The Troll isn’t like most kids books. It’s a fully fledged comic which looks different & feels different in an exciting kind of way.
Hilda and the Troll by Luke Pearson Just look at this front cover – isn’t it wonderful?
Written and illustrated by award winning Luke Pearson I think the book is beautifully put together. The pages are heavy for a paperback, and the colours & style have an anti-pop feel making it automatically interesting.
Hilda & The Troll is part of a series of adventures for Hilda, set in a magical new world. There’s a map at the front of the book, so you really feel like this world exists, somewhere.
Welcome to Hilda’s World
So far, my Mademoiselle is interested.
Hilda is a feisty girl who is looking for an adventure. We meet preparing to camp out in the rain, and the illustrations beautifully reminds us what it’s like to be under canvas, wet and soggy but full of excitement! This sets the tone of Hilda’s sense of adventure.
Hilda and her pet fox, Twig
We’re also introduced to a rather enigmatic Wood Man, who I thought was funny – my 8 year old thought slightly creepy.
This is where my 8 year old Mademoiselle starts to become wary of turning the pages.
Whilst out in the mountains, Hilda discovers a scary looking Troll Rock, which she puts a bell on because she read that’s what you need to do. After falling asleep Hilda’s woken by the ringing bell….
My 8 year old has to stop reading!
It was the detailed illustrations coupled with her over-active imagination which got the better of her. Testament to the author/illustrator, I think.
Hilda hears the troll’s bell…
Mademoiselle’s a young 8 year old, firmly believing in fairies and Father Christmas, and has been know to be scared of her own shadow!
If Mademoiselle had continued she’s see that whilst Hilda is running away from the Troll she encounters a giant, stumbles on Wood Man’s home, discovers his secret, and finds out what the Troll really wants. She experiences danger and learns some valuable lessons.
There are some jokes and irony which would go straight over the head of my 8 year old, but they made me smile!
Hilda is unique, unusual and an antidote to so many pre-tween books where the child is a hero because the adult is portrayed as being stupid.
I would say the Hilda books are suitable for adventurous 7+s, who can read well to themselves, and pre-tweens.
I'm Tracey, nice to meet you. Mummyshire was 'born' three years ago after we moved from London to the Oxford countryside. Here I chart our journey adjusting to our new lives, the challenges of being in the countryside & surviving parenthood.