Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Swordby Barry Deutsch

There is so much to like about this book: the humorous and very realistic treatment of the family dynamics between stepmother and children, between siblings, and between neighbors; the expressiveness of the faces and the bodies; the magical realistic setting and all the references of Orthodox Jewish traditions; and the pure energy and joy of knowing a new and plucky girl character. And yet, since I liked it so much from page 1, and built up such high expectations of wanting a truly enlightening ending, the last portion of the book became a bit of a let down because of a somewhat rushed and unsatisfying wrap up.

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