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The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet #2) Paperback – 1 Jan 2000
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About the Author
Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the critically acclaimed Flight anthologies, as well as the creator of COPPER. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their son. Visit him online at www.boltcity.com.
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And while "The Stonekeeper" starts with the heroine's family arriving at their new home, it doesn't take long for Kazu Kibiushi to bring us into the alternate world of Alledia -- I find the pink bunnies to be a bit distracting, but the grotesque monsters, menacing elves and eerie houses make up for it.
After her father's death, Emily accompanies her mother and brother Navin to a run-down family house -- but as they clean up and try to make it habitable, Emily finds a glowing stone amulet. And that night, Emily's mother is attacked and eaten alive by a tentacled monster, and when Navin and Emily chase it to get her back, they end up in a strange new world.
Even worse, a glowy-eyed elf is following the two children, until they are rescued by a representative of their great-grandfather, who lives in the forest with a gang of little robots. It turns out that Emily's stone amulet has the power to save the entire world of Alledia... and possibly to save her mother as well.
"The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1)" reminds me a lot of Jeff Smith's Bone -- a dramatic, imaginative fantasy graphic novel that is slightly softened by some goofy-looking characters (one of the robots looks like a pink bunny). And it doesn't take long for Kazu Kibuishi to leap headfirst into fast-paced action and little touches of horror.
Actually, his entire approach is very original -- his elves aren't pretty Tolkienesque creatures, but sharp-toothed, glowy-eyed and pallid, and the forests and tunnels are full of tentacled horrors. Kibuishi paints the story in misty blue and gray tones, and adds in some whimsical touches (the floating mushrooms) to remind us that we're in another world.Read more ›
Emily's cool find is soon overshadowed by a very strange first night in the house. After hearing noises in the basement, their mother is kidnapped by a strange creature.
Emily and Navin, with the help of Emily's stone necklace, now have to find their mother and figure out what is going on in this strange new town.
THE STONEKEEPER, the first in the AMULET series, is a quick yet enjoyable read, set up in graphic novel form. The main characters are easy to relate to, and the supporting characters are serious but amusing at the same time. The storyline is interesting and leaves you wanting to know more.
Kids will love seeing people their own age as strong and independent main characters. Emily and Navin are definitely role model material.
Reviewed by: Michaela Pallante aka "Mickey"
Picking up where we last left our heroes, we find them inside their great-grandfather's traveling house searching for an antidote for their poisoned mother. When they reach the city of Kanal is when things start to look hopeful. That is until the elf prince and his army show up.
The elf prince is determined to steal Emily's amulet and use its power. Now, Emily must learn to accept her role as a stonekeeper and save the day.
This graphic novel is a very exciting sequel. Emily really comes out of her shell in this book and becomes a strong character.
Boys and girls alike will love seeing Emily and Navin stand up for themselves and watching Emily take charge of the amulet's powers. I can't wait to see what's next for Emily and her family. Hopefully, we'll see the next volume in the series soon!
Reviewed by: Michaela Pallante, aka "Mickey"
Kibuishi's storytelling is strong, although there are a couple of minor slip-ups here and there (page fifteen's clumsy panel layout, for example), and the visuals are wonderful; the seemingly simplistic figures show a wealth of personality and emotion, and the fantasy world is vivid and beautifully realised.
This first chapter of the story is self-enclosed enough that it can be read in isolation, but Kibuishi weaves in plenty of interesting ongoing threads, and I for one will be there to pick up volume two and see how the story continues. A good, strong start.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'd heard good things about the Amulet series (now up to seven books), so I finally picked up this first one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Ross
Me and bro love this it is reaalky cioll
Nice drawings and coiol story butneed s to be longer.😎😭😪🙋😪🙋🙆🙆🙋🙆🙆🙌🙆🙆🙆. Yes its gooooood
Basically: This book is a fantasy graphic novel that follows a family who move to an old family home after a relatively recent tragedy and find that everything is not what it... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Elizabeth
I gave this book as a Christmas present to my son (8). He has already read it 3 times in 5 days and bought the next volume from his own money.Published 18 months ago by Martin Hinsch
Finally a children's book with strong female character. My 8yr old daughter loves both Amulet and Explorer series, she can sometimes read each book several times a week until late... Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2015 by K. B.
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