Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1) by Kazu Kibuishi

Book Info

The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1)

by Kazu Kibuishi


After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.
Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves. (from book jacket)

My Thoughts
II picked this up on a whim while working at the library and got hooked right away. The book opens with a tragic accident and Emily watches her world fall apart. The images of this graphic novel are stunning and several full page artworks are one I would hang on my wall.

The human characters look a bit generic but they all have their own personalities that transcend the generic look. Emily is a girl who watched her father die and has become a bit withdrawn from the rest of her family. However she does realize when she is taking her emotions out on her mother and tries to help with the family's move. Emily gets caught up in an adventure that she has no desire to have but answers the call when her mother is captured. Navin is the younger brother and really wants to be of help through the adventure, while Emily tries to protect him at any cost. Navin feels resentful for this bit finds that he is the best person to pilot the ships because of his video game experience.

The animal and robot side characters have great personalities and have great details. Though, how many pink bunny robots do you see in graphic novels?
I would recommend this to Middle School readers how are looking for adventure and a good storyline. The characters are interesting and the cliff hanger at the end will make kids run out and get the next one. I know I did!

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