Book Reviews

Hilda and the Stone Forest (Hilda #5) by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Stone Forest (Hilda #5) by Luke Pearson

Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

Excitingly, this installment of Hilda veers completely away from the Netflix show! It shows us TONS more of the relationship with her mom, plus all the adventures with magical creatures that Hilda is still somehow able to find within the walls of Trolberg.

This volume ends in a very peculiar and supernatural cliffhanger that I never would’ve seen coming, and I can’t wait until the next one comes out! It has a strong nostalgic feel of dark European fantasy cartoons from when I was little. 

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Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh, Gregory White Smith

Van Gogh- The Life by Steven Naifeh,  Gregory White Smith.jpgRating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

The title of this book is a bit misleading. More than just “The Life”, this book is more like “Literally Every Single Day in the Life of Vincent Van Gogh”. 

I am floored by how much information exists on this man, and it’s no wonder this endeavor took a whole decade for the authors to complete. 

One fact is clear though, if you are thinking about reading this to learn more about his artwork, STOP. RIGHT. THERE. The many members of the Van Gogh family were used to sending letters to each other on a regular basis, sometimes multiple times a week, and in Vincent’s case, even multiple times a day. Because of these letters, this book is often able to tell you exactly what happened on every single day of any given week in December 1882.

It is dense and tedious, but if you would like to know every minuscule biographical detail that shaped Van Gogh’s life, this is the book you want to read. But if you specifically want to learn more about his artworks from an aesthetic and technical standpoint, I would not recommend this.

However, this book does tell you <i>exactly</i> where he was and what was going through his head when creating certain artworks. It goes into great detail about The Potato Eaters, for example. Other artworks are glossed over or simply mentioned as being created during a particular time. So if you are doing some research for school, or would like to know about his headspace when creating a certain artwork, I would recommend skimming through until you find the relevant bit. 

These authors were also the first to introduce the theory that Van Gogh did not die by suicide, and the last chapter explains their deductive reasoning thoroughly and convincingly. I, for one, fully agree with them. 

It took me a year to read this and I couldn’t have done it without daily reading goals and mammoth motivation.

Would recommend to: highly motivated readers, researchers and students who just need to browse through it to write or present a biography for school. 

Would not recommend to: people wanting to learn more about Van Gogh’s art specifically. While there is some background information you can glean from here and maybe some hypotheses you could build through this information, this is about Vincent Van Gogh the man, and not just the artwork. 

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Hilda and the Black Hound (Hilda #4) by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Black Hound (Hilda #4) by Luke PearsonRating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁🍁

This is the first volume in the comics where it veers entirely away from the Netflix series, because this jumps to the events of episodes 12 and 13, and while Hilda joins the Sparrow Scouts, Frida is only briefly introduced, and David is nowhere to be seen yet.

The story is also satisfyingly longer than in previous volumes.

These comics just keep getting better and better!

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Hilda and the Bird Parade (Hilda #3) by Luke Pearson

 

Hilda and the Bird Parade (Hilda #3) by Luke PearsonRating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁

Even longer than the previous volume! The art style starts to round out more and the colors also brighten a bit, having the greatest resemblance with the show so far. 

The Bird Parade is almost exactly the same as Episode 3 of Hilda. 

And best of all, the end of this volume includes a GIANT map of Hilda’s world. It’s not just Trolberg and her house. There’s tons of places to discover yet!!! 

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Hilda and the Midnight Giant (Hilda #2) by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Midnight Giant (Hilda #2) by Luke Pearson

Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁

This volume is a bit longer than the first one, and it tells the story of Episodes 1 and 2 from the Netflix show. The art style is still pointy,  quite dark, and sometimes hard to see (though that may be a printing issue). 

There’s a REALLY COOL illustration of all the giants at the end, including names, characteristics and background history. If you’re a fan of the show, this comic is worth checking out even if just for that!

Highly recommended!

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Hilda and the Troll (Hilda #1) by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Troll (Hilda #1) by Luke Pearson

Rating: 🍁🍁🍁

I picked this up because I’ve watched Hilda on Netflix back to back to back and I needed more. 

Hilda and the Troll is a short little volume telling the story of the first 7 or so minutes of the first episode of the Netflix show. At this point, the author’s art style was pointier at the edges, and his colors were darker, so be ready to see something that’s not exactly what you’re used to. 

This might be a flaw in the printing but the colors were so, so dark that I honestly had a hard time telling what was happening sometimes. This problem might not happen if you read a digital version. 

There’s a tiny comic about the Woodman at the end, and a small map of the area surrounding Hilda’s house at the beginning.  

If you’ve watched the series on Netflix, you DEFINITELY want to read these books. 

And if you haven’t, you also want to read them. They are super fun, chill, magical, adventurous, and wholesome. I would really love to be friends with Hilda. 🙂

Would recommend to: everybody. 

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Over the Garden Wall Vol. 3 by Jim Campbell, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, Danielle Burgos, Art by Cara McGee

Over the Garden Wall Vol. 3 (Over the Garden Wall (Collection) #3) by Jim Campbell, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien, Danielle Burgos, Cara McGee (Illustrations)Rating: 🍁🍁🍁🍁

I enjoyed this volume much more than 1 & 2 because even though Greg is still stuck on his quest with the frog, we finally ARRIVE somewhere froggy rather than just passing through more silly meandering shenanigans in the forest. Wirt is still following his brother’s trail and his story is even more fun too because a companion joins him, adding more continuity between each chapter.

The last chapter is similar to the one at the end of volume two, featuring a vintage palette of limited colors, a squiggly squishy drawing style, and a story about the little schoolhouse with all the animals. The story centers on the kitty cat family and it’s really just cute, funny and precious. I loved it!