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Giant Days, Volume 4 by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Whitney Cogar
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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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Hilda and the Stone Forest: 07/05/17

Hilda and the Stone Forest  by Luke Pearson

Hilda and the Stone Forest by Luke Pearson is the fifth of the Hildafolk graphic novels. This book builds what Hilda has learned in the previous books about the magical world around her, and specifically, the spaces between that the house spirits use.

What's different this time is that Hilda's mother is no longer naive about Hilda's adventures or her abilities. After Hilda's out one time too many – has missed one too many dinners — Mum decides to take action. She tries grounding Hilda. Hilda, though, tries to use the spaces between to go out with a house spirit friend.

But Mum's on top of things and grabs Hilda's arm. The ensuing tug of war with Hilda as the rope results in Hilda and Mum somewhere unexpected, and without their house spirit guide.

These types of stories — where a parent gets involved with a child's adventures can be horrendous. They can easily devolve into the parent stopping the child at every venture because the situation isn't safe, is too scary, requires dishonesty, or any the demonstration of any of the skills the child has honed over the previous books.

Hilda's mum while upset, isn't so innocent to think that her daughter is too perfect, too fragile, too precious to do anything brave or adventurous. Instead, her reactions are out of annoyance — at being somewhere unexpected and very possibly dangerous because Hilda disobeyed. Later she tries to be brave and tries to keep up with Hilda but she hasn't been adventuring recently. It is implied though through her clearheadedness, that in the past, Mum was probably just as adventurous as her daughter.

The book ends on a cliffhanger with a promise of a next book but as of writing this review, I'm unsure of its title or its publication date.

Five stars

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