Graphic Novel Review: How I Survived Four Nights on the Ice

How I Survived by Serapio Ittusardjuat

How I Survived: Four Nights on the Ice
by Serapio IttusardjuatMatthew K. Hoddy (Illustrator)
4 out of 5 stars

This graphic novel tells the true story of how the author survived on the Artic ice without any supplies or water when his snowmobile broke down. He knew survival techniques like melting ice for drinking water, and how to keep his clothing dry to ward off hypothermia. Using all his knowledge and skills to endure the harshest cold, he lives through the days and nights until a rescue party can find him.

I was impressed with this story of courage and endurance! I loved the way the narrator tells the story simply and in a straightforward way without trying to over-dramatize the situation. The writing style is sincere and gripping. I loved learning words from the Inuktitut language and getting a glimpse of what life is like in such a harsh climate.

I liked the art work, but some of the designs for people’s faces are strange. Like their lips are too big and prominent for their face or something. It struck me as odd. But the rest of the illustrations are wonderful, and really capture the bleak terrain and the chilling cold of the Artic.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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