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Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite Hardcover – November 1, 2012
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About the Author
Barry Deutsch won the 2010 Sydney Taylor Award and was nominated for Eisner, Harvey, Ignatz, and Nebula awards that year. He won the national Charles M. Schulz Award for best college cartoonist in 2000 and was nominated for Comic-Con’s Russ Manning Award for Promising Newcomer in 2008. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
I was reminded of the book because "Hereville" carries on the honorable tradition of telling an exciting story, involving rich, varied and interesting characters, in the context of an Orthodox Jewish community. But note that the primary emphasis here is the story and especially the characters.
Now, the story is unapologetically fantastical, with witches, trolls, a magical artifact or two and a shape-shifting space visitor. That's O.K., because it is all presented so matter-of-factly that the storyline feels almost realistic. What really elevates this book is the quality, variety and authenticity of the characters. Mirka is an identifiable and extremely likable teen girl. Unusual for this age-group book, her siblings are portrayed as loyal and supportive. Mirka's step-mother is patient and wise, but also realistically flawed and human. Other family members are also carefully and individually drawn. The villain isn't really very bad and is reasoned with, not defeated in combat. The witch has a small but central role, and is a perfectly competent witch. The troll is very funny, with a dry wit and a certain haplessness. In short, the entire complement of characters works well, and advances the story quite nicely.Read more ›
One of the unique aspects of this series is that it is set in the context of an orthodox Jewish community.
Author Barry Deutsch also includes a sprinkling of Yiddish, which he translates in footnotes. This story teaches a number of lessons including showing how selfish behavior hurts other people.
This is a fun graphic novel for children.
The artwork is expressive showcasing a range of Mirka's dramatic expressions. Deutsch's strengths really shine when several panels are combined to show both the passing of time and emotion. Especially the panel above where Mirka is running to beat the clock. The smaller panels demonstrate all of her hilarious inner monologue. The two-page spread could've easily been done with just the larger Mirka's but Deutsch gives the whole 9-yards when combining storytelling with the illustrations.
This was an awesome #WeNeedDiverseBooks read for me and I look forward to Hereville #3.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
BEST BOOK EVER PLEASE READ I have seen the real author in real life and have you herd he is working on the 3rd book YAY!!!! And I have actually met Barry Deutch in person at schoolPublished on January 6, 2013 by Ellie Jennifer Ross
Reason for Reading: I haven't read the first book in this series (soon to be rectified!) but this sounded so charming I had to go ahead and read it anyway. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Nicola Mansfield