Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Guest Post: Debbie Mutford's Review of The Littlest Sled Dog by Michael Kusugak, Illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka

The story of Igvillu (the littlest sled dog) introduces children to various aspects of daily life in one of Canada's arctic communities. Set in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Kusugak uses his own personal experiences of adopting a cairn terrier to highlight both traditional and modern activities (fishing on Hudson Bay, dogsledding and leashes, dog-booties). Children will easily decipher between the functional purpose of sled dogs and dogs as house pets.

The ending is quite cute when Igvillu changes her dream of becoming a sled dog to being a movie star (of course, I'm a sucker for any Wizard of Oz references).

The black sketches/prints on the text pages add insight and detail not mentioned in the story or seen in the main illustrations. I enjoy this symmetrical art as it adds a traditional flair to a more modern story.

(Debbie's 1st for the Canadian Book Challenge 3)


Teddy Rose said...

This sounds like a great children`s book! I`ll have to check it out.

Wanda said...

This does sound cute ... just checked and yes, it is in our library system! Thanks for the review, I put it on hold. :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It sounds charming! Thanks for this review.