JT News on Hereville: “Engaging and Exciting”

On December 8, 2010 · Comments Off on JT News on Hereville: “Engaging and Exciting”

In a column on books for kids, JT News (“The Voice of Jewish Washington”) gives Hereville a very nice mention.

For older readers (9 and up) comes the engaging and exciting graphic novel Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Portland graphic artist Barry Deutsch (Abrams, cloth, $15.95). While it features Orthodox characters in an Orthodox Jewish town, this book does not belong to the sub-genre of books aimed at only Orthodox readers.

Featuring “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl,” Deutsch appeals to almost any reader with his heroine Mirka. She just wants to do something a little different, but ends up involved with a witch and a talking pig. The author cleverly incorporates explanations of cultural and religious values, along with a little Yiddish, in this clever blend of fantasy and reality.

The writer was Diana Brement. Thanks, Diana!

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