Michael Kusugak is Inuit and was raised in Nunavut. He writes books for children and travels, often telling the stories he heard from his grandmother when he was growing up. Michael's work has won the Ruth Schwartz Award for children's literature and has been short-listed for various other awards. In 2008, Michael was the recipient of the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature for his body of work. Michael lives and works in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut.
"[It] will appeal to young dog lovers, not only because Igvillu himself is so charming, but because his story evokes the essential conflict of childhood-the need to venture out into the big, cold world to explore, while never straying too far from the warmth and safety of home." - Quill & Quire
"Delightful picture book." - The Globe and Mail
"An endearing story for elementary children... [that] subtly includes Inuit life, both in words and illustrated landscapes, as a way to introduce the reader to Inuit culture." - The Bookmark (BCTLA)
"Vladyana Krykorka's swirling, aurora-bright illustrations blend with a charming story for young children." - The Georgia Straight
"Kusugak writes with sly irony, poking fun at the romantic fantasies of 'The North' that one finds in adventure stories...Igvillu is an endearing pooch and her master has a marked resemblance to Kusugak - something kids might enjoy noticing...Some Inuktitut words and explanations for Arctic features give the story added substance." - The Toronto Star
"This humble children's narrative is a great read and a visual treat for any child or parent." - St. Albert Gazette
"A charming story that meshes the reality of life in the north and the imaginary world of a dreamy little pet. Kusugak writes fluently but manages to retain some of the cadence of a traditional storyteller. Krykorka's stunning illustrations evoke a world of the tundra in both summer and winter. Highly recommended." - CM Magazine
"This story is engaging and richly evocative of the Arctic landscape...a solid Canadian pick for all collections." - Resource Links
"A lovely story...My children loved this book as we own a Cairn and can totally relate to the dog's spunky personality. Recommended." - Tucson Unified School District
"Dog lovers will enjoy this story of dreaming big and just may learn about life in Nunavut, as the story and illustrations contain details that can dispel misconceptions about life in the great Northern reaches of Canada." - School Library Journal
"The story's sly confluence of fantasy and reality, tradition and modernity, is captured in Krykorka's candy-colored pictures that blithely swoop from Igvillu's dreams to the equally spectacular Nunavut landscape." - Horn Book Magazine
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