I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc. And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.
Hilda and the Bird Parade takes Hilda away from her childhood home, forests and wide expanses to explore to the big city.
Her mornings waking up in the city are very different from those she had in the wilds, she doesn't see the green plains and snow capped mountain tops, but instead the dirty streets and neighboring houses. Whereas before she was so eager to explore that she'd scarf her breakfast in seconds, now she wanders into the kitchen and sits at the table with a bored expression.
Finally when she does start exploring the city she finds the kids play very different games than she's used to and ends up meeting a very strange bird, going on a pretty cool, though at times frightening adventure and finally, scolding her mom for running off and getting lost!
I like these comics because they don't take the typical route even when presenting learning moments in kids comics. The expressions Pearson gives his characters are also really well done evoking emotions without completely spelling it out for readers.
I loved the moment when Hilda fails at "ding-dong ditch." No one says anything, they just look at her. And when she examines the rocks rather than throwing them she reminded me a ton of my brother who would stop in the middle of a soccer game to examine insects in the grass.
Overall, a really fun read, for kids and adults.