Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a mission.
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.
I picked up The Stonekeeper recently while I was on a graphic novel haul. I found it while walking around Barnes & Noble on a little stand promoting books that young people must read. Most of the books on the stand were middle grade fantasy type books which for me are guilty pleasure reads. The Stonekeeper stood out to me, because of the artwork on the cover and when I opened the book and saw it was a graphic novel and the art quality was the same as the I had to purchase it.
Now I went into The Stonekeeper totally blind of what it was about, because I purchased it based on the cover and artwork. I was worried at first that the story line was not going to be something that I could get into, but I was wrong. The Stonekeeper did a great job introducing the story line, and characters in the Amulet series in a fast paced, action packer adventure, in a dark middle grade fantasy setting. The story had me hooked only a few pages into the book.
The interaction between the diverse cast of characters from humans to creations that Emily and Navin’s great-grandfather created. Each character has their own personality, but they all function together well as a cast. I am excited to read the rest of the Amulet series to see how the characters develop throughout it.
I am giving The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) 5/5 stars.
About the Author:
Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times Bestselling AMULET graphic novel series, published by Scholastic. He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the EXPLORER and FLIGHT Comic Anthologies, and is the cover illustrator of the Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks from Scholastic. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. Kazu lives near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children.