How To Start Reading The Hilda Graphic Novels [Guide + Reading Order]

The Hilda graphic novel series by cartoonist Luke Pearson is a mix of fantasy and adventure that’s perfect for readers of all ages. Inspired by Scandinavian folklore, they follow a young girl named Hilda in a world of trolls, giants, elves, and more.

These award-winning graphic novels have been praised for their rich and colourful art and sense of adventure. There’s even an animated Netflix series, which is soon to drop its second season.

Want to start reading the Hilda graphic novels? This guide will help you, or a young person in your life, start reading these wonderful comics. It gives you all the information you need to know, including the books available and much more.

Hilda Netflix poster.

Which Came First – The Graphic Novels Or The Netflix Series?

The graphic novels came first.

The animated Netflix series is a mix of stories based directly on ones published in the graphic novel series and original tales using the characters and world that were created by Luke Pearson.

In the first season, episodes 1-3 and 13 are based on graphic novel stories.

Two pages from Hilda and the Midnight Giant.
Two pages from Hilda and the Midnight Giant.

What Age Group Are The Graphic Novels Suitable For?

The Hilda graphic novels are made to be suitable to a younger audience. The Flying Eye Books website lists them as being suitable for ages 5-11. Although, some scenes might be a little scary for on the younger side but nothing that’s too serious.

Also, just because they are made for an age group of 5-11 doesn’t mean that anyone older will not enjoy them.

Hilda Graphic Novel Reading Order

Currently, there are six Hilda graphic novels. If you’re looking to read them all then this is the recommended reading order based on when they were published.

Hilda and the Troll cover by Luke Pearson.
Hilda and the Troll cover by Luke Pearson.

Hilda and the Troll
Published in 2010.

Hilda and the Troll was originally published by No Brow as Hildafolk. Flying Eye Books renamed it to Hilda and the Troll with subsequent printings. It was adapted into episode one of the animated Netflix series.

Hilda and the Midnight Giant cover by Luke Pearson.
Hilda and the Midnight Giant cover by Luke Pearson.

Hilda and the Midnight Giant
Published in 2011.

Hilda and the Midnight Giant was originally published by No Brow, but is now published by Flying Eye Books. It was adapted into episode two of the animated Netflix series.

Hilda and the Bird Parade cover by Luke Pearson.
Hilda and the Bird Parade cover by Luke Pearson.

Hilda and the Bird Parade
Published in 2012.

Hilda and the Bird Parade was originally published by No Brow, but is now published by Flying Eye Books. It was adapted into episode three of the animated Netflix series.

Hilda and the Black Hound cover by Luke Pearson.
Hilda and the Black Hound cover by Luke Pearson.

Hilda and the Black Hound
Published in 2014

Hilda and the Black Hound is published by Flying Eye Books. It was adapted into episode thirteen of the animated Netflix series.

Hilda and the Stone Forest cover by Luke Pearson.
Hilda and the Stone Forest cover by Luke Pearson.

Hilda and the Stone Forest
Published in 2016

Hilda and the Stone Forest is published by Flying Eye Books. It hasn’t been adapted by the animated Netflix series yet.

Hilda and the Mountain King cover by Luke Pearson.
Hilda and the Mountain King cover by Luke Pearson.

Hilda and the Mountain King
Published in 2019

Hilda and the Mountain King is published by Flying Eye Books and is the most latest graphic novel in the series. It hasn’t been adapted by the animated Netflix series yet.

Where Can I Buy The Hilda Graphic Novels?

The Hilda graphic novels can be found at all good comic book stores, online stores, bookshops, and eBay.

Need More Hilda In Your Life?

If you’re caught up with the Hilda graphic novels and cannot wait for the next instalment, you can get your fix with the illustrated novels. Published by Flying Eye Books, these novels are written by Stephen Davis with illustrations by Seaerra Miller.

The following Hilda illustrated novels are available:

  • Hilda and the Hidden People
  • Hilda and the Great Parade
  • Hilda and the Nowhere Space
  • Hilda and the Time Worm
  • Hilda and the Ghost Ship
  • Hilda and the White Woff

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