Written by Elisha Kilabuk and illustrated by Joy Ang, an illustrator. Elisha Kilabuk, the youngest of fourteen siblings, was born and raised in Iqaluit. He learned traditional stories from his mother, Muckpaloo. Muckpaloo had a great memory for stories, which she learned from her father who lived on the east coast of Hudson Bay. Elisha is a celebrated cultural performer and storyteller.
All Inuit know about qalupaliit, strange creatures that live under the sea ice and carry away unsuspecting children on their backs. But when one bright young orphan strays too close to the ice, he soon learns that while qalupaliit may be very scary, they are also easily tricked.
The Qalupalik is the first installment in The Unikkaakuluit Series a new, illustrated children's picture book series based on the work of celebrated contemporary Inuit storytellers. Author Elisha Kilabuk is a popular Iqaliut-based storyteller and throat singer.