Hilda and the Black Hound, Hardback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 64 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Flying Eye Books
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9781909263185

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Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson is the forth of the Hildafolk series. Hilda and her mother are still living in the city and are trying to set down roots. For Hilda, that means joining the scouting group her mother was once part of.But for a girl who can see spirits and other magical creatures there are lots of distractions. The two newest ones are a large black hound that's terrorizing the city, and a homeless house elf who swears he was framed.And here's where book four rises above the others, by taking full advantage of the graphic novel format. House spirits reside in the spaces between — those spaces in a home that just aren't usable (under the bed, behind the dresser, etc). Those spaces are graphically tied to the edges of each panel, and as Hilda learns to travel between then, she is given the ability to travel between panels, thus opening up the format.Hilda's friendship with the house spirit and the on going news of a black hound attacking people the in city are beautifully interwoven. It's a tight plot made better through the artwork.

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This is the 4th book in this series and I haven't read any of the others but I think I would have felt more comfortable if I had. By reading I have the impression that Hilda (and her town) are not exactly altogether human, strange things happen there, and everyone takes it all within stride. This book has Hilda joining the Sparrow Scouts, obviously to give her something to do with all her extra energy and imagination. But during this time a large hound has been roaming, and sited, in the woods beyond Trolberg. The Sparrows go camping on private Sparrow ground which has been walled off from the rest of the forest making everyone sure the girls will be perfectly safe from this supposed "creature". At the same time Hilda has come across a Nisse, a house spirit, which has been kicked out of its home. Hilda becomes friends with him, helping him to find a new home and together they manage to both find him a home and solve the mystery of the Black Hound. Cute drawings. A fun fantasy, a bit short, but it keeps you reading quickly. I wouldn't mind having read the first ones because I think if read in order, you may be fond of Hilda by this point.

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Hilda joins the sparrow scouts and wants to adopt a Nisse. Imaginative and fun.