Hilda and her mother live in a valley next to mountains, just outside of town. When they are suddenly attacked by small creatures they can’t see, Hilda’s mom says it may be time to move to the town. Not wanting to move, Hilda says she will try and make peace with them so they can stay. After finding one of the creatures, an elf, Hilda goes about talking to several elf people to try and stop them from evicting her and her Mom. She notices though, in the background, that there is a large giant who watches her house. As she works on creating peace with the small elf creatures, Hilda sees the giant one night and decides to approach him. He tells her he’s waiting for someone and that this is where they planned to meet. Hilda tells him that maybe she’s gone, and he should move on. The following day Hilda seems to make peace with the king of the elves, when suddenly the mountain she was on begins to move. It is the giant that Hilda’s giant friend was waiting for. Thankfully he comes back and the two giants are reunited, but in the excitement of the moment they crush Hilda’s house.
I would highly recommend this for anyone, not just children. The author’s illustrations are so beautiful, whimsical, and magical, you can’t help but fall in love with the world he created. The story is beautiful too. Hilda doesn’t want to leave her home, and is willing to do anything in order to stay. She seems to befriend magical creatures easily, and this helps her when dealing with the angry elves. In the end though, Hilda realizes that the valleys and forests aren’t as quiet and peaceful as they used to be, and that moving to the city might be best. It is a wonderful story about love, friendship, and personal growth.