Putuguq & Kublu by Danny Christopher, illustrated by Astrid Arijanto


     Putuguq & Kublu by Danny Christopher, illustrated by Astrid Arijanto, Inhabit Media, 2017.  9781772271430

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? There are too few books with Inuit characters. This short graphic novel seeks to fill the gap. Set in the Arctic Circle, the story about two siblings and their wise grandfather includes humor and legend. Putuguq hopes to surprise his sister Kublu with a snowball attack, but she has his number. In the ensuing chase, Kublu trips over a rock near an inuksuk, a sacred stone marker, like a trail cairn. The children’s grandfather arrives to tell them about the folklore and history of inuksuit. Bright, colorful illustrations, which look to be digitally created, very simple text, and relatable sibling dynamics make this short story appealing. The tales of inuksuit add depth and interest. Includes map of fictional community, and back matter on inuksuit and the Tuniit people.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The story is slight and short (35 p.) I think the back matter could have been incorporated into the story to give it more depth. It is short for the target age of reader.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is for kids ages 5-7.

Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: June 16, 2017

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