Saturday, July 23, 2016

Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet is a a fantasy adventure series written in graphic novel form.  It is a series that needs to be read in order, so I started with book one, The Stonekeeper.

The book has a shocking opening scene that leads to a family's move to start a new life. Emily, her younger brother Navin, and their mother move into their great-grandfather's home out in the country. The house, which appears haunted, is full of dirt, dust, and mysteries. Their adventure begins when Emily finds an amulet (a stone on a necklace) in great-grandfather's study. Later that night their mother is kidnapped in the basement by an octopus-like creature and taken to a underworld. Emily and Navin, with the aid of their great grandfather and some of his inventions, make chase and attempt to rescue their mother.

Because of the dramatic beginning and certain high-adventure elements, I recommend Amulet to older students who enjoy graphic novels and series reading. If you have not read graphic novels, they are quick and easy reads. This is mainly because they rely more heavily on illustrations than they do on text. If you like comic books, you know what I mean. In fact, graphic novels are essentially comic books bound in book form.

CAUTION: Readers are left with a "to be continued" ending and may feel compelled to immediately read book two.

By Mrs. N.

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