Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Amulet: Book One The Stonekeeper - Kazu Kibuishi Graphic Novel

Kibuishi, Kazu. 2008. Amulet: Book One The Stonekeeper. New York: Scholastic.

Grades 4 - 7

It isn’t often that one finds a graphic novel geared towards young girls with this level of sophistication. Amulet is far more than what I expected in quality and intrigue with its mood-enhancing illustrations and its mystery-induced story line. Its quality of production is a welcomed relief from some graphic novels that seem almost pushed to publication before story and graphics were finalized. It is certainly a welcomed addition to any library’s collection of graphic novels, not just for its artistry but for it having a main character that is a girl.

After the death of Emily’s father in a tragic car accident, that is heart-wrenching and starts off the book, Emily, her mother and brother move to a family home to start a new life. On the very first night, the strangeness of the house intrudes upon their future dreams as something is still in the house, something that isn’t quite human. This something kidnaps Emily’s mother and without hesitation, Emily and her brother Navin, enter another world located beneath the house in the search of her. It is in the searching that they encounter other life forms and another world in which Emily is given an amulet, a talisman that provides her with a power unlike any other.

The story is fast paced with danger and intrigue that never stops. The mysterious mechanical creations of Emily’s grandfather become allies in her quest to find her mother and Emily shines as a heroine throughout. Not to leave the boys out of the picture, Navin also plays a strong role in the action yet he is constantly shadowed by the bravery and actions of Emily. Young readers will clamor for the next book in the series, which is not yet available.

1 comment:

Mrs. McGrew said...

Kazu Kibuishi does an amazing job. I love the Flight series he edits for older kids. Right now Borders has the buy 4 get the 5th one free on children's graphic novels. I still use my teacher discount of 20% which turned out to be the better deal for the ones I purchased. They have some really good ones like Witch Trixie by Jill Thompson who has won the Eisner award several times.