Our graphic novel “Ivalu” has garnered some amazing reviews since it was published in Denmark in the early autumn of 2019. “Ivalu” is the story of Pipaluk, a young greenlandic girl and her older sister Ivalu who is the victim of sexual abuse. Story by Morten Dürr, illustrations by Lars Horneman.
Dagbladet Politiken – the leading national newspaper of Denmark.
“The reader is left speechless … Morten Dürr has in many of his books for children and young adults told tales of the darkness but never as merciless as here. Lars Hornemanns illustrations are carved in silence and granite.”
Steffen Larsen, 5 hearts (of 6).
Læringscenteret – monthly magazine of the national society of Danish School Librarians.
“The team of Morten Dürr and Lars Horneman has done it again … made a strong and captivatingly beautiful graphic novel … “Ivalu” is sorely needed in its brave attempt to brake the taboo about sexual violence.”
Eline Mørch Jensen
Folkeskolen – monthly magazine of national Danish Teachers Union.
“Morten Dürr and Lars Horneman have yet again made something fantastic together (…) a beautiful and undeniable book which like “Zenobia” from 2016 shines a light on a very important problem.”
Nordjyske – daily regional newspaper – Northern Denmark
“You will loose your breath flicking through the picture flow of Ivalu … it awakens deep emotions.”
Tem Frank Andersen, 6 stars (out of 6).
Official recommendation from The Danish library system (DBC)
“A must-buy – both for public libraries as well as school libraries.”
Line Dalbro Schaumann
Serieland.dk- danish online magazine about comics/graphic novels.
“Ivalu is an extremely important publication, beautiful and brutal. Silent on the outside, roaring on the inside.”
Bogbotten.dk. -major independent danish book review site run by school librarians
“Ivalu is suitable as a theme-book about children in Greenland for 7.-9. ninth grade. But it is also a book that can put the spotlight on children’s plight and rights generally because it is not only in Greenland, the wrongdoing is happening.”
Klods Hans, magazine for Danish chapter of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People)
“In an atmospheric and dynamic way we are served a heartbreaking, shocking tale about the fate of the greenlandic girl Ivalu. Ivalu is a beautiful and harrowing cry”.
Leena Bækdal Jensen
“Børn & Bøger” magazine for The Danish national association of School Libraries.
“This is strong stuff … child abuse happens so many places and in so many countries. Therefore this is a necessary book. The story is told with as much brutality and and empathy as at all possible.”