On the Shoulder of a Giant

On the Shoulder of a GiantInukpak was big, even for a giant. He loved to travel across the tundra, striding over the widest rivers and wading through the deepest lakes with ease. He could walk across the Arctic in just a few days.

But being so big, and travelling so far, Inukpak was often alone. Until one day, when he came across a little hunter on the tundra. Thinking that the hunter was a little boy, alone on the land, Inukpak decided to adopt him as his son.

And so, from the shoulder of one of the biggest giants to ever roam the Arctic, this hunter embarked on a series of adventures only a giant could enjoy!

Retold by Neil Christopher | Illustrated by Jim Nelson

April 2015

Hardcover (English) ISBN: 978-1-77227-002-0 | $16.95 | 10″ x 8″ | 40 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout

ᐃᓄᒃᐸᓱᒡᔪᒃ ᑎᒍᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐃᓄᖕᒥᒃ Paperback (Inuktitut) ISBN: 978-1-927095-99-7 | $12.95 | 10″ x 8″ | 40 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout

Ages 5–7 | F&P Level N


“. . . Nelson’s richly developed artwork playfully emphasizes the hunter’s plight while making it clear that the giant is friendly and caring . . .” — Publisher’s Weekly

“. . . a singularly fun and interesting take on the whole giant genre.” — School Library Journal (A Fuse #8 Production)

On the Shoulder of a Giant is written in clear, sparse text that invites us into the story of a great (friendly) giant named Inukpak . . .” — Inkspokes

“One huge giant and one little man create a great story together and one that can nicely be shared aloud.” — Waking Brain Cells


2015 Selection for Inkspokes Book Awards Selection: Ages 3 to 6