Hilda and the Midnight Giant
Nobrow Press, 2011
FORMAT: Graphic Novel
AGES: Elementary School, Middle School
Hilda and her mom live in a lovely little place that is quiet and isolated. They enjoy being in their little valley that has been in the family for generations. However, someone doesn’t want them there. In fact, they keep getting small-sized letters warning them to move. But Hilda doesn’t want to move. Neither does her mother. So they stay. Then they are attacked. But they can’t see who is attacking them.
Later one invisible elf decides to let Hilda in on a secret. There is a whole country of elves who live in the same valley and who are tired of Hilda and her mom stepping on their houses. (Even though since they can’t see them they aren’t really doing any damage.) So this elf gives Hilda the paperwork that will allow her to see the elves. And her eyes are sure opened. As Hilda tries to figure out a way for the elves and her family to live peacefully as neighbors, Hilda realizes that they aren’t the only ones around who she didn’t know about. There is a mysterious giant that comes every midnight. Hilda doesn’t know who he is or what he wants, but she is determined to find out.
This is a fun story about magical beings and the complications that come when living among them. It is also about the determination of one little girl who wants to be happy and wants those around her to be happy. Those kids who enjoy reading about magical creatures finding their way to your home life will enjoy this book.
Book Discussion Questions:
Should Hilda and her mom have to move? Why or why not?
If you do something, but you don’t know that it is wrong…is it still wrong? Should you still be fully responsible for doing it?
How can people who are different live peacefully together? What should each side do to be kind to the other side?
Have you ever waited for something even though you didn’t know if it would ever happen? How do you think either of the giants felt?
Why did Alfur decide to let Hilda see all the elves? How did this help or not?
What is the first step in making things better for those around you? Why?