The Legend of the Fog

Written by Quanaq Mikkigak and Joanne Schwartz
Illustrated by Danny Christopher
Inhabit Media

In this traditional Inuit story, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life-or-death journey for a young man. When he comes across a giant who wants to take him home and cook him for dinner, the young man’s quick thinking saves him from being devoured by the giant and his family, and in the process, releases the first fog into the world. Written by Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak and Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award–nominated author Joanne Schwartz, this action-packed picture book brings a centuries-old traditional tale to life.


“The story, from octogenarian Nunavut storyteller and throat-singer Qaunaq Mikkigak and stylized by Toronto’s Joanne Schwartz, recalls the amorality and cold-bloodedness of the best ancient fables. The prose has numerous poetic touches that complement the grim illustrations by Danny Christopher…”
– Quill & Quire, starred review

“Nunavut elder and storyteller Qaunaq Mikkigak and Nova Scotia librarian Joanne Schwartz collaborate to share this exciting, action-packed story from the Kiviuq legends. The book was created to share the oral story culture of Nunavut and entice readers to explore the oral traditions of Nunavut.”
– CM Magazine

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