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Hilda and the Hidden People (Hilda Tie-In #1) by Luke Pearson (Creator), Stephen Davies (Writer)

Hilda and the Hidden People (Hilda Tie-In #1) by Luke Pearson (Creator), Stephen Davies (Writer)

Rating: 🍁🍁🍁

I’m obsessed with everything Hilda, and after watching the Netflix show and reading the comics, I just had to read this too and I honestly can’t recommend that you do the same. 

The events in this book read almost exactly like the events in: Hilda and the Troll, Hilda and the Midnight Giant, and in Episode 1 of the show. The only alterations are tiny, insignificant details that feel forced, as if the author was instructed to change something just for the sake of it. 

In a book adaptation, I would hope there’s tons more content to make it enticing and worthwhile. Extra background information, little in-depth histories! Where the show and the comic are visual, a book has the luxury of space to go above and beyond, but there’s nothing of the sort here. 

Also, I’m sorry to say that this writer was not able to capture Hilda’s voice. The Hilda of this book reads like a spoiled brat lacking in compassion. She always gets her way despite other characters clearly expressing their discomfort, she is outright mean (even if she apologizes afterwards), and I would NOT want to be friends with this iteration of the character.

I would not recommend this to anyone, not even to fans of the show or the comics, or to parents who would prefer their children read a novel instead of a comic, it’s really not worth it when there’s already higher quality content elsewhere. 

The only plus are the cute illustrations in a limited color palette, but be aware that they are not done by the same artist as in the comics.

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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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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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La mujer que se sabía todos los cuentos by Carlos Rubio

La mujer que se sabía todos los cuentosENGLISH BELOW

Rating: 🍁🍁🍁

La mujer que se sabía todos los cuentos trata sobre una cuenta cuentos que desconoce su propio nombre.

Esta cae dentro de un libro donde aprende historias que desconoce, todas sobre mujeres célebres Latinoamericanas cuyas historias merecen ser contadas y conocidas más ampliamente, así explicando la ironía de porqué la cuenta cuentos nunca ha escuchado sobre ellas. Algunas de ellas son: Alfonsina Storni, Gabriela Mistral, y Carmen Lyra.

Al finalizar sus historias, cada mujer le entrega a la contadora una de las letras de su nombre, y al conseguirlas todas, ella debe juntarlas para descubrir la respuesta.

La revelación del nombre es conmovedora y siento que vale la pena, especialmente para los chiquitos. Sería buenísimo que lo leyeran con alguien mayor que los pueda guiar con preguntas, porque el librito da muchas ironías sobre las cuales pensar.

Al final del libro hay una mini biografía para cada una de las mujeres en el libro y así no hay que estar Googleando.

Este libro está bonito para leerlo antes de dormir, porque es muy muy lento y tranquilo y cada capítulo es cortito y no hay que ponerle demasiada atención para seguir el hilo de la historia.

Las ilustraciones son lindísimas, todas en escala de grises, con gradientes suaves y líneas ondulantes que se prestan para la abstracción y un poco de surrealismo.

El texto sí me disgustó bastante en dos ocasiones donde el autor usa un lenguaje anticuado y dañino.

Primero habla de una ‘niña inválida’ en vez de ‘una niña con discapacidad’. En ese sí podría más o menos darle el beneficio de la duda porque no recuerdo que en el 2006 ya el lenguaje hubiera evolucionado (por favor alguien dígame si estoy equivocada). Pero igualmente, ahora sabemos que está mal.

Y segundo, habla de una canción y un baile que provocan la paz mundial, de tal manera que toda la gente del mundo se da de las manos y en eso dice: ‘manos negras, amarillas, rojas, blancas…’

Por dios, literalmente con un imbécil que se inventó esos colores ES QUE EMPEZÓ EL RACISMO como lo conocemos hoy en día. Y eso no hay excusa para no haberlo sabido en el 2006. Y en una historia sobre LA PAZ MUNDIAL. Fatal, fatal, fatal.

Yo este libro no se lo daría a una niña o a un niño sin antes tachar esas dos líneas con corrector porque es inadmisible perpetuar ese tipo de lenguaje a estas alturas. No suelo rayar mis libros pero en este lo hice.

Le recomendaría este libro a: niñas y niños pequeños, o a adultos que quieren leer algo tranquilo antes de irse a dormir.

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ENGLISH:

The Woman Who Knew Every Tale is about a storyteller who doesn’t know her own name.

She falls into a book where she learns stories that she’s never heard before, each one starring a celebrated Latin American woman whose story deserves to be told and more widely known, therefore explaining the irony about why the storyteller has never heard of them before. Some of the women are: Alfonsina Storni, Gabriela Mistral, and Carmen Lyra.

At the end of their stories, each woman hands her a letter from her name, which she must put together to discover the answer.

The final reveal is quite moving and I found it worthwhile, especially for children. It would be great for them to read it with an adult who can guide them through, because there’s a lot of food for thought with the many ironies it contains.

At the end of the book there’s a mini biography for every woman in the book, so there’s no need to Google them as you read.

This is a nice book for reading at bedtime because it’s very very slow and calming and each chapter is super short and you don’t have to pay much attention to keep track of the story.

The illustrations are quite pretty; all rendered in gray tones, with soft gradients and wavy lines that lend themselves to abstraction with a dash of surrealism.

However, the text itself pissed me off quite a lot in two occasions where the author uses harmful, antiquated language.

First he mentions an “invalid girl” instead of “a girl with disabilities”. With this one I can maybe kind of sort of give him the benefit of the doubt because I can’t recall if this language had evolved by 2006 (please let me know if I’m mistaken). But regardless, now we know that it is wrong.

And secondly, he talks about a song and dance that produces world peace because everyone in the world is holding hands, and then he has the gall to say: “black hands, yellow ones, red ones, white ones…”

My god, racism as we know it today LITERALLY began when some asshole just casually decided to assign those colors to people. And there is NO excuse to have been ignorant about that in 2006. And in a story about WORLD PEACE of all things. Awful, awful, awful.

I would not give this book to a child without first covering those two lines with whiteout. It’s inadmissible to perpetuate that type of language in this day and age. I generally don’t write in my books, but in this one I did.

I would recommend this book to: young children, or adults who want to read something chill before bedtime.