My Wounded Island – Jacques Pasquet and Marion Arbona


    My Wounded Island – Jacques Pasquet and Marion Arbona, translated from the French by Sophie B. Watson, Orca Book Publishers, (9781459815650), 2017

Format: Hardcover picture book

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

What did you like about the book? This is a beautiful but sad book told by Imarvaluk who lives on a small island that lies near the Arctic Circle between Alaska and Russia. Her life is a simple, but happy one until the horrors of climate change cause the water level to rise as snow and glaciers melt and the sea is swallowing up her island. She calls it the Monster and the illustrations depict this horrible monster devouring her island. Where will they go? Illustrations done using gouache, ink, pencil and a toothbrush and done in an Inupiat style create the tragedy simply but effectively.

Anything you did not like about this book? Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? Teachers doing units on climate change could use this book to show just what is happening around the world.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 12/29/2017

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