________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIII Number 6 . . . . October 14, 2016


Those That Cause Fear.

Neil Christopher. Illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok.
Iqaluit, NU: Inhabit Media, 2016.
40 pp., hardcover, $16.95.
ISBN 978-1-77227-085-3.

Subject Headings:
Inuit mythology-Juvenile literature.
Grandmothers-Juvenile literature.
Monsters-Canada-Juvenile literature.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Gregory Bryan.

*** /4



Those who hear the howls of dogs as they travel through remote regions of the North, beware! These sounds might not be the calls of sled dogs. They could be the calls of dangerous creatures that are part dog and part human. Inuit elders tell the ancient story of a woman who was tricked into marrying a land spirit. Eventually she became pregnant, and gave birth to children that were a mixture of dog and human—the dog children! These dog children grew quickly and became very dangerous.

The latest book from the Inuit owned publishing company, Inhabit Media, provides an introduction to giants, spirits, monsters, and other dangerous beasts of Inuit mythology. Based in Nunavut, Inhabit Media aims to promote and preserve the stories, knowledge, and talent of northern Canada. Those that Cause Fear is a simple book for young children, but it will appeal to readers and listeners willing to let their imaginations run free. The written text was provided by Neil Christopher while the illustrations were created by Inuit artist Germaine Arnaktauyok. There is also an Inuktitut pronunciation guide included at the back of the book.

internal art      Those that Cause Fear contains more than 20 brief written introductions to, and accompanying illustrations of, the beasts of the North. The book does not provide depth or detail. It is meant merely as an introduction, but what is included will appeal to young children with their willingness to entertain the possibilities of the unknown to enjoy scary stories.

      Within the pages of Those that Cause Fear, readers will meet an array of monsters ranging from Mahahaa, who tickles people to death, to huge polar bears and wolves, respectively known as Nanurluk and Amarujjuat. Children might especially fear Qallupilluk pulling them under the ice to drown, or enduring an encounter with the ugly, axe-wielding Iqallijuq.

internal art      Each double page spread includes a brief written text with a facing page consisting of a full-colour, full-page illustration. None of the illustrations are particularly detailed, but the artwork is sufficient to complement and extend the written text. The illustrations consist primarily of browns and grays, but this limited colour palette works well in the hands of Arnaktauyok.

      Those that Cause Fear is an attractively presented, appealing book. It does little other than provide an introduction, but it is a worthwhile introduction to dangerous creatures nonetheless. Although it lacks detail and depth, young children will enjoy the book.


Dr. Gregory Bryan is a member of the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. He specialises in literature for children.

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