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From the Publisher:
This book introduces kids to the spine-tingling, hair-raising creatures found in Inuit myths. From the mahahaa, a fearsome creature that tickles people to death, to the palraiyuk, a reptilian creature said to have six legs and the body of a snake, this book introduces kids to all the creepy, spooky, and downright scary creatures told about in Inuit traditional myths.
Those That Cause Fear is a collaboration between Nunavut author Neil Christopher and Inuit artist and illustrator Germaine Arnaktauyok. This book introduces twenty mysterious and scary creatures from Inuit mythology. In the introduction, the author lets us know that the stories have come from elders, hunters, and the journals of explorers. The scare factor is ramped up with the knowledge that though many of the creatures are long extinct, some are perhaps still roaming the land in the North. Each mythological being has a two-page spread with a detailed illustration and short description. I was left wanting to know more about each creature and would have liked some more details – perhaps none were available? This book would be a better general interest book rather than used for research, as details are scarce. However, it gives a good overview of Inuit mythology and readers could use it as a jumping off point to discover more. There is a helpful pronunciation guide at the end of this fun book.
- this is a unique book – rare in topic and content
- illustrator is an Inuk artist, lending authenticity
- author live in Nunavut, and used as many primary sources as possible in his research
- good as a general interest book – quirky topic
- I wanted more details for each creature!
- not enough detail for research
Why/How Use it with kids:
- read a description of a creature aloud and have your kids draw/create what they think the mythological monster look(s/ed) like
- have children create/draw and write about/describe their own monster – based on their own culture and tradition or just their imagination!
About the Author & Illustrator:
Neil Christopher moved to Resolute Bay, Nunavut, after teachers’ college. There he worked as a high school science teacher, helping to develop a community school (in the past students were sent to a residential school in Pond Inlet). During his time in Resolute Bay, Neil fell in love with the North—the landscape, the wildlife, and the culture. It was also in those first years in the North, that Neil was introduced to the rich mythology of the Canadian Inuit. Through the stories and artwork of his high school students, Neil began to take an interest in the oral history of the Arctic.