Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Graphic Novel: Amulet: Book One – The Stonekeepers

Kibuishi, K. (2008). The stonekeepers (Vol. 1). New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.

Genre: Humor, Adventure

Reading/Interest Level: Ages 9-12

Similar Titles: Copper

Plot: Emily and Navin are two kids who lost their father two years ago; along with their mother, they move into an old house that needs a lot of work. As they explore the house, Emily finds a necklace and insists that Nevin put in on her. Soon after, they are drawn down to the basement by some strange noise, but are surprised by the creature with tentacles that kidnaps their mom. Emily and Navin have no choice but to follow. They end up in a strange world where the necklace gives aid to Emily, guiding her through crazy floating mushrooms and away from danger. They soon learn that the amulet has chosen Emily to inherit its power and that they will receive aid from a pink bunny named Miskit. Could the necklace have power to turn back time - back to when their father was alive? Emily and Navin go on an interesting adventure as they explore the world of Alledia and try to save their mother.

Personal Thoughts: This is an interesting graphic novel. It combines fantasy and a touch of sci-fi. The artwork is amazing and pages are full color. The story starts out a little sad as the father literally falls of a cliff in his car, but somehow there is a positive message throughout the book about the importance of family. The characters go together well and create an interesting cast that makes you want to learn more about their world.

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