"An eye-filling tour of the medieval Mediterranean." -- The Horn Book
"A first-person narrative threaded with vivid comments about smells, hazards, misfortunes, spectacles, and local legends encountered along the way. Affords glimpses of distant, exotic places, but also captures the wonder and the terror of travel at a time when living through even a short trip was considered a miracle."
-- Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"Outstanding execution. The book is filled with a bazaar's worth of detail. It's no surprise that Shulevitz, a Caldecott winner, provides outstanding illustrations, but he outdoes himself here. Together with the evocative text, they capture the sweep of this mysterious and far away world." -- Starred, Booklist
"Shulevitz re-creates this epic journey in a picture book of epic proportions. Meticulously researched...Shulevitz's retelling stands as a testimony to the history, wisdom, and fortitude of those medieval Jews living precariously under Christian or Muslim rule." -- Starred, School Library Journal
"Extraordinary." -- Publishers Weekly
"City-, sea-, and desertscapes in luminous emerald, sapphire, and topaz hues are richly textured in intricate layers of color, grainy black outlining, and dashing brush marks." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books