It’s hard to describe Hereville without a smile forming on your face. The heroine is incredibly likable, the storytelling is simply winning and brilliant, and the story is charming and fun. Here’s a brief description (and trust that I’m smiling while I write this): Mirka is a spunky 11-year-old girl who longs to obtain a sword so she can fight dragons. She lives in Hereville, an Orthodox Jewish community (in fact, there are mostly only Orthodox Jews in Hereville, except for the strange woman and her wicked pet pig who live in the forest). It’s a wonderful book for children and adults alike. Hereville began life as a webcomic, but it’s now been published by Amulet Books.
Reviewed by John Hogan on November 1, 2010