Educating Alice, a blog specializing in children’s literature (among other things), writes:
While no kayaks show up in Barry Deutsch’s remarkable graphic novel Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, plenty of other things do — a pig, a witch, some nasty bullies, a wise step-mother, knitting, and that sword. I knew nothing about this book, but after reading Betsy Bird’s rave review, I requested it pronto. (Thank you, Jason Wells at Abrams, for sending it so quickly!) I’m not sure I can add much to Betsy’s review other than to say — it is all that and more. This graphic novel is bright and fun and clever, the characters real and multi-faceted, and the art spectacular. Deutsch uses comic vernacular perfectly — expressions, movement, panels, speech bubbles — all in the service of his warm, wise, and wonderful story.