Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Waluk

Waluk
by Emilio Ruiz
Illustrations by Ana Miralles
Hardcover, 52 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Graphic Universe (first published January 1st 2013)  
I received a free e-galley via NetGalley

Waluk is a young polar bear cub who feels abandoned by his mother. He sets off on his own to find some food. Not knowing how nor being quite strong enough to hunt on his own he decides to steal bird eggs. Eventually he encounters a fellow loner who is on the other end of the lifespan. Manitok is an old bear who is getting thin and losing his teeth so he is no longer the best hunter. Together the two explore their dwindling habitat looking for food and encountering humans at various times. This graphic novel isn't about a cute and cuddly little polar bear - though he is cute. It is about polar bears trying to survive in a melting world where humans - both good and bad - are around every corner. The illustrations are gorgeous! Readers will learn a great deal about these creatures as they read the well-illustrated story.

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