Thursday, January 20, 2011
Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin, and their mother move to an old ancestral home to start a new life. On the family's very first night in the mysterious house, a strange noise lures them into the basement, where Em and Navin's mom is kidnapped by a humongous, tentacled creature and dragged down behind the basement door.
The kids give chase down a twisty spiral stairway and find themselves in a strange and magical world below. Most surprising of all, it seems that their great-grandfather, who was an inventor and puzzle maker, was there before them--and he's left some unfinished business.
Now it's up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother's life!
Confession: I am quickly becoming a huge graphic novel fan. Amulet: The Stonekeeper was recommended in some of my fancy book ordering catalouges, and I totally see why. The story was immediately gripping. I was amazed at how quickly the family relationships were established, and how much I cared for them from pretty much page one. Such is the power of pictures telling a story alongside the words.
And the pictures! So good. They tell the story without being overly fancy, until the end when something crazy awesome happens, and the pictures become gorgeous. Because the situation deserves gorgeous pictures.
I devoured this book in half an hour, and I am definitely going to order it for Dunlap's library.
Five out of five mechanial bunnies.
Release Date: January 2008
Reading Level: Grade 4+
Where in Dunlap Public Library's Collection: GRAPHIC KIB