A Blanket of Butterflies explores the journey of Shinobu, a mysterious stranger who visits Fort Smith, NWT, to retrieve his family's samurai suit of armor and sword from the museum. When he discovers that his grandfather's sword has been lost in a poker game to the man they call "Benny the Bank," he sets out to retrieve it, with the help of a young boy, Sonny, and his grandmother. Together, they face Benny and his men, Torchy, Sfen and the giant they call Flinch. This graphic novel, illustrated in a stark contrast of black and white panels by Scott B.
Three Fires: A Graphic Novel by Richard Van Camp explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations. Three young men, Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert, have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they've done?
Little You is a charming and heart-warming board book that welcomes a new baby into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp and illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett, this board book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family resources. Flett uses collage-like images of an infant who grows to be a toddler. This child is adored and loved by one or both parents on every other page. Simple rhyming text accompanies each image.
In Richard Van Camp’s fictionalized north anything can happen and yet each story is rooted in a vivid contemporary reality. The stories offer a potent mix tape of tropes from science fiction (zombie fiction), horror, Western and Aboriginal traditions. The title story pits Torchy against the Smith Squad, fighting for love and family in a bloody, cathartic, and ultimately hopeful narrative. Van Camp’s characters repeatedly confront the bleakness of sexual assault, substance addiction and violence with the joy and humour of inspired storytelling.
Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies is a gentle rhyming poem for infants preparing for sleep. This board book by Richard Van Camp celebrates babies and their parents or caregivers as the babies are sung to sleep at night. Using colour photographs showing a range of parents and babies from various cultural backgrounds, the publisher, McKellar and Martin, has created a soothingly beautiful night-time book. The author acknowledges the world around the young child as the text and image combine to assist in calming the daily night-time process. Highly recommended.
The short stories in The Moon of Letting Go celebrate healing through modern day rituals that honour Richard Van Camp's Dogrib ancestry. Richard Van Camp speaks in a range of powerful voices: a violent First Nations gangster has an astonishing spiritual experience, a single mother is protected from her ex by a dangerous medicine man, and a group of young men pay tribute to a friend by streaking through their northern town. The stories are set in First Nations communities in the Northwest Territories, Vancouver and rural British Columbia.
Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns by Tlicho (Dogrib) writer Richard Van Camp offers new parents a charming board book for baby. This lyrical poem offers a gentle song to read aloud to baby. The 24-page board book contains stunning and evocative photographs of newborns and infants with their parents. The photos show multicultural parents and children which will appeal to everyone. This book is selected as a recommended title in the 2009 First Nations Libraries Community Reads program.
A Man Called Raven is a powerful story for young readers about the meaning of respect for life. Two young boys torment a raven and then a mysterious man visits their home. He tells them about a man long ago who was mean to everyone. The story explains how the man was turned into a raven as punishment. Sometimes when people need to hear the teachings, the man returns to explain why we should respect the animals and birds. The author, Richard Van Camp, is Dogrib from the Northwest Territories. His story is based on the teachings of an Elder from his community.
OUT OF PRINT What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? Is a wonderful story by Dogrib storyteller Richard Van Camp. In this picture book, the reader gets to imagine â€œwhat is the most beautiful thing you know about horses.â€ The author tells the reader that he lives in the Canadian North and during the winter it is extremely cold, so cold that he stays indoors and lets his imagination run wild. He explains that his people, the Dogrib, on his mother's side, did not have horses. But they had special dogs.