Thursday, February 21, 2008

Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper


Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper
by Kazu Kibuishi
Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2008
ages 9-12

The beginning of this book is very scary. Very.

It is scary, and it hooks you immediately, and it makes the pain and grief of Emily, Navin and their mother very real.

The three have gone to live in an old ancestral home and start a new life. While they are cleaning up the wreck of a home that was left to the kids' mother by her grandfather, Emily finds a pendant and has Navin tie it on around her neck. Little does she know that the pendant (the amulet of the title) will glow, have the power to save her and her brother from a creepy tentacled creature, talk to her, make demands of her, and ultimately be needed to try to save their mother.

The kids are aided in their quest to save their mother by a pink cartoon bunny named Miskit and a variety of robots, some kindly, one sarcastic, and one an obviously rehabbed vacuum that says, "Squeet."

My favorite moment in the book is when the house gets up on its feet and climbs a mountain.

Kazu Kibuishi is the editor of the popular Flight anthologies of graphic short stories. Volume 3 was nominated for the 2006 Cybils, and Volume 4 made it to the short list of the 2007 Cybils. That is just to say that the art and the storytelling in this book are top notch. Scholastic's Graphix imprint is shaping up to be a showcase of some of the best talent in graphic novels, and not just a hurry-up-and-jump-on-the-graphic-novels-bandwagon sort of imprint. Amulet will appeal to the fans of the Bone series. Scholastic's readability range is 9-12, but I can see some 7 and 8 year-olds loving Amulet.

There's just one problem: we have to wait for book two!

3 comments:

  1. I read this yesterday and really liked it. I can right away thing of twenty kids who I think would enjoy it.

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  2. I've really been looking forward to this one ever since we interviewed him over on Finding Wonderland. I'll have to check my library--it sounds great! Thanks for the review.

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