Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Black Hound book cover: graphic novel cover featuring a girl with blue hair, large eyes, and a mouth open as if screaming or gasping. A white furry animal in next to her and both are above images of buildings. The black shadow behind them resembles a large black dog."I already knew that you're the kindest, bravest, most selfless little girl it's possible to be."

This graphic novel tells Hilda’s fantastic story through speech bubbles and moody panel images. Her “real” and imagined experiences blend and overlap as we follow blue-haired Hilda on her quest.  She and her dog, Twig, want to find and protect the misunderstood house elf, Tontu.  A wild, giant wolfhound is roaming through Trolberg and Hilda is influenced by the fear pervading her town.

But outsider Tontu leads Hilda through the hidden world, which humans don’t see.  Hilda then solves the wolf mystery and saves the day.  Hilda’s personality and actions reminds us what kind of a person to be in a bad situation.

Part of the Hildafolk series, this book is recommended for readers age 8 – 99 who wish there really were little folk living inside their walls.

Look for Hilda and the Black Hound in the Library.

Mary Jo, Kids World