Mi'kmaw artist Alan Syliboy's The Thundermaker is based on Alan's spectacular mixed-media exhibit of the same name. In the book, Big Thunder teaches his son, Little Thunder, about the important responsibility he has making thunder for his people. Little Thunder learns about his Mi'kmaw identity through his father's teachings and his mother's traditional stories. Syliboy's spectacular, vibrant artwork brings the story of Little Thunder to vivid life.
Artist Alan Syliboy studied privately with Shirley Bear and attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where, twenty-five years later, he was invited to sit on the Board of Governors. Alan looks to the indigenous Mi'kmaw petroglyph tradition for inspiration and develops his own artistic vocabulary out of those forms. He is also the author and illustrator of the celebrated book (and multimedia art show) The Thundermaker, which was shortlisted for First Nations Reads, and more recently the board book Mi'kmaw Animals. He lives in Truro, Nova Scotia.
"This is a beautiful retelling of a legend, and includes text both in English and in Mi'kmaw. The petroglyph-inspired illustrations are bold, and well-suited to the text. This would be a beautiful and useful addition to multicultural collections, most especially those in Canada, but certainly in the United States as well." —Puget Sound Reviews (WA)
"Mi'kmaw artist Alan Syliboy, student of Shirley Bear, and translator Lindsay R. Marshall have created a beautiful bilingual father-son story using the traditional petroglyph form for the illustrations." —National Reading Campaign