Why the Monster

Huuq is a young Inuit boy who has never fit in to camp life. One day, fleeing yet another attack from the camp bullies, Huuq finds himself alone and far away, with only his dog Qipik as company.

On a lonesome hill, Huuq and Qipik find an egg. But this is no ordinary bird’s egg. It’s big. And almost looks like a stone. When Huuq breaks this mysterious egg, it unleashes a series of events that turn Huuq himself into a monstrous half-human creature.

As Huuq tries to figure out why he has been turned into a monster, what the egg and its contents mean, and how he can return to his natural self, he is thrust into a world of fearsome creatures, mystical powers, and an evil the likes of which Huuq has never encountered.

Written by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley | Illustrated by Toma Feizo Gas

Paperback (English) ISBN: 978-1-77227-141-6 | $13.95 | 6″ x 9″ | 256 pages | Black-and-white illustrations throughout | Ages 12+ |


“. . . [T]his book is a much-needed and eye-opening look into the Inuit worldview, and, at the same time, a journey into highly imaginative fantasy that draws on Indigenous and other mythologies from around the world.” — CM Magazine