The illustrations… skilfully bridge the traditional and the modern. The vibrantly coloured scenes combine details from old, rural China with
other touches, such as the friendly looking mice, that would fit in anywhere. Ming's qualities of perseverance, diligence, and loyalty are
--Quill and Quire
“…the story’s familiar theme of virtue repaid tenfold will reassure children and prompt discussion. …folk-art-style paintings layer scenes of traditional, rural home life against strikingly composed landscapes, contributing to the story’s magical dimension through wild, off-kilter perspectives.