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Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi {4 Stars}

Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi is a middle grade graphic novel featuring a brother and sister team fighting to rescue their mother in a mysterious world beneath their new house. There are also adorable robots including the pink bunny on the cover and a magical stone that seems to have some sinister purpose with the kids. This is of course one of the graphic novels that was heavily recommended to me as I make my way into sf/f graphic novels and I definitely recommend it for fans of middle grade fantasy!

Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi {4 Stars}

Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet #1)
Published by Graphix on Jan. 1st, 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, MG
Page Length: 192 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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There's something strange behind the basement door...

After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin and their mother move to an ancestral home to start a new life. On the family's very first night in the mysterious house, Em and Navin's mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature. Now it's up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother's life!

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • The art of Amulet is really gorgeous. Like, get a full size poster framed and put up on my wall because people would never guess it was from a graphic novel gorgeous. The world in the basement is vast and full of magical views that make it the perfect setting for a graphic novel.
  • I’m a fan of stories revolving around siblings that support and value each other. I am an only child, so I don’t really know what it is like to have a sibling, but it looks so nice in this story!
  • The world of Amulet is really cool. It is filled with strange creatures and robots and buildings that are not at all what they appear. So much imagination went into this novel.
  • I didn’t notice the pink rabbit on the cover when I picked up Amulet, so imagine my surprise when just such a sidekick appears! But seriously, the robots and pink rabbit sort of steal the show with their adorableness and spunk.
  • I enjoy slightly spooky middle grade and Amulet fits that bill. There are definitely scary moments and monsters that are rather creepy, but never more than an advanced young reader could handle.

Weaknesses:

  • There are moments where all the information the reader needs to know is just dumped out in a monologue. Info dumps are annoying in text novels, but they are incredibly jarring in graphic novels since they are so obvious….
  • Some of the plot twists and reveals felt rather simplistic, which is a common gripe I have with middle grade stories. I suspect many kids would see it coming and dislike being talked-down to even if they don’t realize that is what is happening. There’s a reason some kids get bored with reading books for their age range, ya know?

Summary:

Amulet is a delightful graphic novel for fans of fantasy who don’t mind a more simplistic plot. You’ll start it for the story, but you’ll stay for the art, now move out of my way so I can get the second volume!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya

 

 Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

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  1. Everyone always seems to like this one quite a bit, and I always think I’ll get to it, but I never can find it, or get around to picking it up. I would LOVE to see the poster!
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