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Wáluk and Eskimo are two inseparable bears. Wáluk is very young and Eskimo is very old. Between the two they've found a way to survive in an extremely hostile environment, combining the agility of the younger with the experience of the older. When Eskimo decides they should go further north in search of better hunting, they set off on a great journey neither are truly prep Wáluk and Eskimo are two inseparable bears. Wáluk is very young and Eskimo is very old. Between the two they've found a way to survive in an extremely hostile environment, combining the agility of the younger with the experience of the older. When Eskimo decides they should go further north in search of better hunting, they set off on a great journey neither are truly prepared for... A heartwarming, fun and funny adventure that spotlights the impact of global warming and mankind moving into wildlands, forcing nature to find new ground to thrive.


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Wáluk and Eskimo are two inseparable bears. Wáluk is very young and Eskimo is very old. Between the two they've found a way to survive in an extremely hostile environment, combining the agility of the younger with the experience of the older. When Eskimo decides they should go further north in search of better hunting, they set off on a great journey neither are truly prep Wáluk and Eskimo are two inseparable bears. Wáluk is very young and Eskimo is very old. Between the two they've found a way to survive in an extremely hostile environment, combining the agility of the younger with the experience of the older. When Eskimo decides they should go further north in search of better hunting, they set off on a great journey neither are truly prepared for... A heartwarming, fun and funny adventure that spotlights the impact of global warming and mankind moving into wildlands, forcing nature to find new ground to thrive.

30 review for Waluk: The Great Journey

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    A collection of stories about an old polar bear called Eskimo, and a young one called Waluk, living in the Arctic. The stories are about survival, about protecting eachother, about helping others, about being wary of humans. The stories have the tendency to go out like a wet fart, just sort of ending. There's one particular story about an AI driven drone that's more sci-fi than anything else, and it's just weird tonally. The last story is the best - a human wants to kill his sleigh dogs, because he A collection of stories about an old polar bear called Eskimo, and a young one called Waluk, living in the Arctic. The stories are about survival, about protecting eachother, about helping others, about being wary of humans. The stories have the tendency to go out like a wet fart, just sort of ending. There's one particular story about an AI driven drone that's more sci-fi than anything else, and it's just weird tonally. The last story is the best - a human wants to kill his sleigh dogs, because he wants to leave the Arctic. The bears team up with an owl to save them, and it all becomes a bit mystical, which sort of works. And it has an actual ending, albeit a curious one. One thing that is uniformly great, is the art. It teeters on the edge of cute (especially Waluk), but still keeps some of the 'wildness' of the animals. (Picked up an ARC through Edelweiss)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Stories following a young polar bear, Waluk, and his mentor, Eskimo, as they traverse the Arctic. Waluk learns how to take care of himself and Eskimo as Eskimo is slowing down. They come across other animals and humans on their journeys. Humans are certainly not presented in a good light here and there are constant environmental messages. The art is very good and children will be entertained by Waluk's journeys. Received a review copy from Magnetic Press and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and Stories following a young polar bear, Waluk, and his mentor, Eskimo, as they traverse the Arctic. Waluk learns how to take care of himself and Eskimo as Eskimo is slowing down. They come across other animals and humans on their journeys. Humans are certainly not presented in a good light here and there are constant environmental messages. The art is very good and children will be entertained by Waluk's journeys. Received a review copy from Magnetic Press and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna Backshall

    That is not at all what I was expecting. It's basically just a comic book -- or a graphic novel -- without any real plot or meaning to convey. It's a story of a couple polar bears doing polar bear stuff. There isn't much to say about it. Or rather, there isn't much good to say about it. The casual banter was awkwardly written. You win some, you lose some. I'm moving on to something more weighty. That is not at all what I was expecting. It's basically just a comic book -- or a graphic novel -- without any real plot or meaning to convey. It's a story of a couple polar bears doing polar bear stuff. There isn't much to say about it. Or rather, there isn't much good to say about it. The casual banter was awkwardly written. You win some, you lose some. I'm moving on to something more weighty.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Radwa

    English Review Below. قصة دب صغير ورفيقه الدب العجوز في القطب الشمالي ومغامراتهما التي يلتقيان فيها بدبة أم وصغيريها وبومة حكيمة وبعض الكلاب والبشر الأشرار. أسلوب الرسم جميل جدا وبعض الصفحات كانت خلابة بالفعل. بالإضافة إلى مغامرات الدبين، تتحدث الرواية عن جشع البشر وكذلك تأثير تغيرات المناخ على البيئة القطبية ومستوى الثلج وحيوات تلك المخلوقات. أرشحها فعلا. كانت قصة مؤثرة وجميلة. A story of two polar bears and their adventures in the arctic. Waluk and Eskimo, are a young and old bear pair, who enco English Review Below. قصة دب صغير ورفيقه الدب العجوز في القطب الشمالي ومغامراتهما التي يلتقيان فيها بدبة أم وصغيريها وبومة حكيمة وبعض الكلاب والبشر الأشرار. أسلوب الرسم جميل جدا وبعض الصفحات كانت خلابة بالفعل. بالإضافة إلى مغامرات الدبين، تتحدث الرواية عن جشع البشر وكذلك تأثير تغيرات المناخ على البيئة القطبية ومستوى الثلج وحيوات تلك المخلوقات. أرشحها فعلا. كانت قصة مؤثرة وجميلة. A story of two polar bears and their adventures in the arctic. Waluk and Eskimo, are a young and old bear pair, who encounter a mother bear and her cubs, some husky dogs, a wise owl and humans on their adventures in the arctic. I loved the art style and some of the full pages spreads were amazing. It shows the greed of humans and the effects of climate change on the ice and the lives of the animals in the arctic. It was touching and beautiful. I recommend it. I thank Netgalley and Magnetic Press for the digital ARC.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    **Special thanks to Diamond Book Distributors for the gifted e-arc in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.** “There are no dirty ships, just a sea full of secrets!” If you know me, you know I have a thing for illustrated/animated animals. When I came across the advanced reader copy of Waluk from Diamond Book Distributors and Magnetic Press I could not resist and instantly put in my request. There is a backstory to Waluk set in another graphic novel that I did not read before this one. Even **Special thanks to Diamond Book Distributors for the gifted e-arc in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.** “There are no dirty ships, just a sea full of secrets!” If you know me, you know I have a thing for illustrated/animated animals. When I came across the advanced reader copy of Waluk from Diamond Book Distributors and Magnetic Press I could not resist and instantly put in my request. There is a backstory to Waluk set in another graphic novel that I did not read before this one. Even though this does well as a standalone, I think readers can gather a better appreciation of Waluk by reading this after. Waluk is an adorable adventure between the young polar bear, Waluk. and the older polar bear, Eskimo. With themes of global warming, pollution, human interference, animal brutality and a sprinkle of human research with artificial intelligence (AI). There are a few different stories as this duo goes in search of new hunting grounds as resources get scarce. The illustrations are adorable and show the playful side of Waluk and his companion. I especially liked the scene where they come in contact with the AI sent to gather data on the polar bear population and Waluk finds a new toy/friend. This portion was slightly sci-fi in nature compared to the tone of the graphic novel overall, but I really enjoyed the artistic creativity. Hands down my favorite aspect is the astrological story surrounding the Great Bear, Nanook, and the Great Dog, Tuhis. This unique plot is incorporated as the scenes progress and has a touching story about animal neglect and abuse. The level of reading is almost middle-grade in nature and very easy to follow. At times dialogue seems clipped or the transition is slightly rocky. I’m sure you can tell I loved the illustrations and expressive aspects of the polar bears and sled dogs. I enjoyed Waluk’s world and his friends and look forward to checking out the original graphic novel of his origins in the future. I’d recommend this read to those who enjoy cute narratives with adorably rendered illustrations.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Waluk: The Great Journey' by Ana Maralles and Emilio Ruiz continues the journey of polar bears Waluk and his mentor Eskimo. Young Waluk and old Eskimo are on the hunt for food, but the icebergs are melting and the seals seem to be getting scarce. They find a beached whale and a mother bear and her two cubs and they convince her to let them eat. They also find a pack of sled dogs that need their help and different kinds of humans, both dangerous and curious. I didn't read the first volume, but did 'Waluk: The Great Journey' by Ana Maralles and Emilio Ruiz continues the journey of polar bears Waluk and his mentor Eskimo. Young Waluk and old Eskimo are on the hunt for food, but the icebergs are melting and the seals seem to be getting scarce. They find a beached whale and a mother bear and her two cubs and they convince her to let them eat. They also find a pack of sled dogs that need their help and different kinds of humans, both dangerous and curious. I didn't read the first volume, but didn't feel like I was lost. The animals have different and unique personalities, which I liked. The message is not lost, but I also didn't feel beat over the head with it. The art is nice too. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    An older male polar bear and the kid polar bear he's adopted go across the ice, stumbling on human encampments, a single mother polar bear with cubs, an owl, an abandoned cargo container, a drone... Yeah, I would prefer to give a plot summary, but the problem here is that what plot there is is exceedingly inconsequential. This was originally in two parts (itself spinning off from an origin story where the bears meet, which I think is why some markets call the second half of this Book 3), and the An older male polar bear and the kid polar bear he's adopted go across the ice, stumbling on human encampments, a single mother polar bear with cubs, an owl, an abandoned cargo container, a drone... Yeah, I would prefer to give a plot summary, but the problem here is that what plot there is is exceedingly inconsequential. This was originally in two parts (itself spinning off from an origin story where the bears meet, which I think is why some markets call the second half of this Book 3), and there's no connection between the two chunks – the narrative more or less ignores half the characters vanishing. Smaller episodes, like the container falling off its ship, just happen off-camera, and conversations seem to begin and stop mid-flow. Greater than that is that there is neither the entertainment nor the moral to match the artwork – this looks great, but is empty of anything that is really enjoyable, and very poor in delivering its ecological message. One and a half stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Waluk: The Great Journey is a middle grade graphic novel about a young orphaned polar bear, Waluk and his elder polar bear friend, Eskimo. The two polar bear friends encounter many Arctic animals on their journey in search of food which grows more sparse every year due to global warming. There are discussions amongst the animals about pollution, climate change, animal cruelty, and the evilness of humanity. The illustrations are adorable throughout this graphic novel and the story had intentions t Waluk: The Great Journey is a middle grade graphic novel about a young orphaned polar bear, Waluk and his elder polar bear friend, Eskimo. The two polar bear friends encounter many Arctic animals on their journey in search of food which grows more sparse every year due to global warming. There are discussions amongst the animals about pollution, climate change, animal cruelty, and the evilness of humanity. The illustrations are adorable throughout this graphic novel and the story had intentions to raise awareness of the devastating change humans have created on this planet. However, I would have liked to see the other side of humanity represented in this story, the side that is good-natured and does care about the planet and it’s inhabitants to set an example for children. I thought there could have been more evidence of how pollution and global warming jeopardizes more than the polar bears in search of food. My main concern with this book was the opportunity missed with the scene of the discarded cargo container left behind and no consequences of that human error were mentioned when it plunged into the sea. It was just forgotten about and that’s a key moment to raise awareness that our actions as humans have an ecological impact on this planet instead of moving along in the story, especially when you’re trying to educate children about this very issue. The ending felt…odd. It was neatly wrapped up like all is well without really addressing any of the issues brought up. Overall, it was visually pleasing, a good story about friendship and survivalism amongst the animals. The book needed to be more focused on the solutions to climate change for this book to be worth reading. Middle grade kids are already familiar with climate change, how can your story engage them to be part of the solution? Thank you NetGalley for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. Waluk: The Great Journey by Ana Miralles & Emilio Ruiz Publishing on: March 9, 2021 Rating 2/5

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vivienne

    My thanks to Diamond Magnetic Press for making available a temporary digital review copy of ‘Waluk: the Great Journey’, illustrated by Ana Miralles with script by Emilio Ruiz. It was translated from the Spanish by Mike Kennedy and is intended for Middle Grade readers, approximately 9-12 years of age. From Publishers: ‘Young Waluk and old Eskimo are two polar bears helping each other get by in the modern tundra. But food is growing scarce and their world is changing thanks to global warming and t My thanks to Diamond Magnetic Press for making available a temporary digital review copy of ‘Waluk: the Great Journey’, illustrated by Ana Miralles with script by Emilio Ruiz. It was translated from the Spanish by Mike Kennedy and is intended for Middle Grade readers, approximately 9-12 years of age. From Publishers: ‘Young Waluk and old Eskimo are two polar bears helping each other get by in the modern tundra. But food is growing scarce and their world is changing thanks to global warming and the human strangers who carelessly roam through their territory. But these bears are optimistic and head out to find fertile hunting grounds, making friends and avoiding dangers along the way. There, Eskimo hopes to groom Waluk to be the worthy successor to the legendary Nanook.’ This was a delightful tale that includes two interconnected stories. The first, ‘The Great Journey’, has Waluk and Eskimo meet up with a protective mother polar bear and her two cubs. When she goes on a hunt she entrusts the older bears to look after the cubs. The second, ‘The Path of the Great Dog’ has them encounter Loki, an unusual AI, as well as a pack of sled dogs that are unaware of their master’s sinister plans for them. I adored the charming art work by Ana Miralles, which beautifully captured the bears and their environment so well. It was quite whimsical and a few panels had me in tears with laughter, especially the adventure with the cubs and the shipping container (no spoilers) and Waluk’s enthusiastic playfulness with Loki, the AI that had been trying to record the bears. Basically I loved this book, especially its artwork, and feel certain that it will delight young readers as well as their parents. It also is a volume that I can see being of interest to educators and librarians as its environmental message is presented in an accessible way with elements of folklore woven into the narrative. Highly recommended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Julia Leslie

    ~ Thanks to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors / Magnetic Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review ~ *Please note that this review was delayed due to a period of health complications I'm not entirely sure how to review "Waluk: The Great Journey." I'm assuming that it is a sequel to Mirallès' previous work, "Waluk," but as I haven't read that I can't confirm how similar in style the two graphic novels are. It felt like I was missing the main story and was instead rea ~ Thanks to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors / Magnetic Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review ~ *Please note that this review was delayed due to a period of health complications I'm not entirely sure how to review "Waluk: The Great Journey." I'm assuming that it is a sequel to Mirallès' previous work, "Waluk," but as I haven't read that I can't confirm how similar in style the two graphic novels are. It felt like I was missing the main story and was instead reading some spin-off mini comics, sort of like how Disney's "Cinderella II" was just a collection of short movies that were based around characters from the first film. The art style was really nice and I can't say that I found the story entirely disinteresting, but I think lacking context from the first book diminished my experience of its sequel. The target audience for this book also seems somewhat narrow; I'd say that kids between the ages of 8 and 11 would probably find some enjoyment from W:TGJ, especially if they are already interested in animals and/or the environment, but the depiction of guns, modern piracy, and animal cruelty may be a deterrent for some parents. I am interestered in eventually reading "Waluk" to see the story that lead to this sequel. If it is presented as one straight narrative, my appreciation for W:TGJ may actually grow. On the other hand, if "Waluk" is broken up into sections like this was, there's a good chance that these books aren't my style.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sara Milioni di Particelle

    *I received this book thanks to Netgalley and the publisher in exchange of honest review* The story begins with Waluk and Eskimo, two very friendly polar bears. Waluk is very young while Eskimo is old but they both know how to help each other. On their way they meet an owl, a mother bear with her two cubs and a group of wolf dogs they have known for a long time. But things risk changing quickly if man gets in the way and with his ships and everything else brings with it pollution and fear for the *I received this book thanks to Netgalley and the publisher in exchange of honest review* The story begins with Waluk and Eskimo, two very friendly polar bears. Waluk is very young while Eskimo is old but they both know how to help each other. On their way they meet an owl, a mother bear with her two cubs and a group of wolf dogs they have known for a long time. But things risk changing quickly if man gets in the way and with his ships and everything else brings with it pollution and fear for the animals that inhabit the pole. What will happen to the two bears and their travel companions? The characters are all animals and are very curious, adventurous and brave. I find Waluk the definitely best character who also warns others of everything humans bring with them. The designs are amazing and I really like how they are all done, especially the bears, the light colors and the gorgeous illustrations. The story is interesting, focusing a lot on climate change, pollution and the protection of animals, especially those in danger of extinction. A book that aims to give a strong, incredible message and which is needed nowadays above all to raise awareness among the new generations. A nice book, especially for the little ones.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paul Decker

    *I received this book as an eARC from Magnetic Press via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* This book seems to have the intention of telling a story about how human impact and climate change have changed the natural world. But, I don't think it tells that story too well. This story also seems to use elements of First Nations and Indigenous culture and names in a way that I'm unsure whether it is done appropriately. This *I received this book as an eARC from Magnetic Press via Edelweiss. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* This book seems to have the intention of telling a story about how human impact and climate change have changed the natural world. But, I don't think it tells that story too well. This story also seems to use elements of First Nations and Indigenous culture and names in a way that I'm unsure whether it is done appropriately. This book seems to be created by two Europeans. The animals in this book are portrayed in a fantastical way. And there's also an A.I. drone with a conscious?!? I was very confused by the world in which this book takes place. I'm excited about more books for children that focus on the very present problem that is Climate Change. I do not recommend this book for that. I give this book a 2/5. The art is beautiful and there's some fun interactions between the animals, but this book just did not land for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    I really enjoyed this book which is a couple of stories put in to one compilation. The illustrations were wonderful and really brought the book to life. I started and finished it in the same evening to tonight and really enjoyed it. The books well on many levels, the fight for survival, the impact of global warming, pollution to name a few - a lot was covered and these are only a few of the areas that could allow a book like this to be read at school and used as there would be plenty of discussion I really enjoyed this book which is a couple of stories put in to one compilation. The illustrations were wonderful and really brought the book to life. I started and finished it in the same evening to tonight and really enjoyed it. The books well on many levels, the fight for survival, the impact of global warming, pollution to name a few - a lot was covered and these are only a few of the areas that could allow a book like this to be read at school and used as there would be plenty of discussion points. It is 4 stars from me for this one - well written and enjoyable too - highly recommended!

  14. 5 out of 5

    G. Connor Salter

    The story is set up more like a comic book than a children's book, with many panels and speech balloons, and the characters are more complex than the ones usually found in a children's picture book. However, the story doesn't have the kind of complex satire or clever edge that you usually see in graphic novels or children's books that are allegorical tales. So, the book presents an interesting combination of two conventional formats. It's hard to say what the chosen audience is, but it's well-wr The story is set up more like a comic book than a children's book, with many panels and speech balloons, and the characters are more complex than the ones usually found in a children's picture book. However, the story doesn't have the kind of complex satire or clever edge that you usually see in graphic novels or children's books that are allegorical tales. So, the book presents an interesting combination of two conventional formats. It's hard to say what the chosen audience is, but it's well-written and will certainly appeal to a niche demographic in between conventional children's books fans and comic book fans.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I received a digital ARC through NetGalley from Magnetic Press / Diamond Book Distributors. This two part graphic novel follows a young orphan polar bear named Waluk and an older bear named Eskimo. The artwork and the social commentary on climate change, pollution, and human interference was well done. However, the story felt clunky. While all the animal characters were endearing, all the humans were despicable. The owl mentions that most humans are good and I wanted to see a likable human chara I received a digital ARC through NetGalley from Magnetic Press / Diamond Book Distributors. This two part graphic novel follows a young orphan polar bear named Waluk and an older bear named Eskimo. The artwork and the social commentary on climate change, pollution, and human interference was well done. However, the story felt clunky. While all the animal characters were endearing, all the humans were despicable. The owl mentions that most humans are good and I wanted to see a likable human character bring a little balance to all the idiocy. The ending was a bit odd for me and overall if the stories were more refined it would have conveyed the important messages better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hal

    arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review The messages about climate change in this were great and definitely something that more people need to be aware of! Especially with how it is affecting wildlife but other than that, this story fell flat for me. I just grew bored at some points and did not enjoy some of the ways the plot went in this graphic novel. I liked the art style! It kept me reading until the end but I wish I had a better experience with the actual storyline. 2/5 arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review The messages about climate change in this were great and definitely something that more people need to be aware of! Especially with how it is affecting wildlife but other than that, this story fell flat for me. I just grew bored at some points and did not enjoy some of the ways the plot went in this graphic novel. I liked the art style! It kept me reading until the end but I wish I had a better experience with the actual storyline. 2/5 ⭐️ TW: animal abuse, death of an animal.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara Alam

    Waluk and Eskimo are two polar bears traveling together, keeping each other safe. Waluk is very young and Eskimo is very old. They travel together in search for seals but things aren’t so easy. With global warming and humans impacting their environment, we get to see how these two bears live and thrive. Written in a graphic novel, this was a quick and fun read. This is a great book about friendship. Thank you NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for a copy of this book for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sohan Surag

    Waluk is a good children's book, something that reminded me of 'Pride of Baghdad', only set in the Arctic this time. The story and dialogue felt a bit off at times. I really was anticipating something grim happening throughout the book but I am glad that this is a kid's book and mostly everything is pleasant. There are definitely panels that actually show the brutality of humans but it's almost unavoidable. Ana Mirallès art is one of the reasons I picked this book up. Also, the landscape format Waluk is a good children's book, something that reminded me of 'Pride of Baghdad', only set in the Arctic this time. The story and dialogue felt a bit off at times. I really was anticipating something grim happening throughout the book but I am glad that this is a kid's book and mostly everything is pleasant. There are definitely panels that actually show the brutality of humans but it's almost unavoidable. Ana Mirallès art is one of the reasons I picked this book up. Also, the landscape format really did wonders for me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Waluk: The Great Journey by Ana Mirallès This is a comic book style book teaching children of the polar regions and mans affects on the animals there. The book teaches not only about pollution but also the arrogance of man in manipulation of things in nature and life for their own purpose. bringing to life the need to change the mindset. The pictures are drawn with skill.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dora Yang

    While the art in this middle grade comic book is great, I found the storyline not very cohesive. I feel that the plot is quite random and there isn't a point that hits home. I think that if the storyline is refined more it would be able to convey stronger messages. While the art in this middle grade comic book is great, I found the storyline not very cohesive. I feel that the plot is quite random and there isn't a point that hits home. I think that if the storyline is refined more it would be able to convey stronger messages.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed digital review copies of this book through NetGalley and Edelweiss.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Esther Uceda

  23. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wade

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jaime Davis

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angela

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ty Keith

  27. 5 out of 5

    Vorph

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donald Scott

  29. 4 out of 5

    monica

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hayley Maverick

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