Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? An Inuit legend in graphic novel form! Two teenaged girls carrying babies on their backs take a walk. They find beautiful round stones, which lead them to an unfamiliar cave. When they enter, the entrance somehow closes behind them. First they find bones, and then find themselves in a room with shelves of skulls. One of the skulls says “Beware!” But before they can leave, before them appears the terrifying ancient land spirit Mangittatuarjuk, ” the gnawer of bones.” As she approaches, the girls must figure out a way to outwit her. This is a tale of clever kids outwitting a terrifying monster, a theme present in many cultures’ folktales. It’s great that readers can learn such a tale of the Inuit. The deep blues, browns and black of the palette perfectly suit the mood of the story. An author’s note and glossary add interest. The endpapers have a repeating pattern of dead children’s skulls – deliciously horrifying!
To whom would you recommend this book? Suitable for ages 8 and up because of the scariness of the subject. It would be a fun addition to units on scary folktales!
Who should buy this book? This is a great addition to folktale collections for elementary school and public libraries.
Where would you shelve it ? Graphic novels, folktales 398.2
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? If you like your stories scary, then yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: March 13, 2018