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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Series: Explorer
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Reprint edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419708813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419708817
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best known for his celebrated series Flight and Amulet, award-winning comics creator and editor Kibuishi presents the second volume of his comics anthology geared toward middle-school readers, after Explorer: The Mystery Boxes (2012). This collection features seven minicomics written or drawn by comics luminaries, such as Raina Telgemeier (Drama, 2012), Dave Roman, Michel Gagné, and Kibuishi himself. Each fun and fantastical story centers on the theme of islands, both in a physical and philosophical sense. Kate Shanahan and Dave Shanahan’s “Radio Adrift” tells the story of a radio DJ who wants to travel, so he takes his station with him. Roman and Telgemeier’s “Desert Island Playlist,” meanwhile, finds a lonely girl—who already felt alienated from her friends and family—on a probably metaphorical desert island, where she discovers convenient company after some tidy self-reflection. Though not as inventive as its debut volume, this sophomore effort’s solid artwork, dialogue, and stories will still be a great introductory title for young or struggling middle-school readers starting to explore the world of graphic novels. Grades 4-8. --Candice Mack

About the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of Amulet, the award-winning New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, and the editor and art director of eight volumes of Flight, the influential Eisner-nominated anthology series. He lives in Alhambra, California.


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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. 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 in Alhambra, California, with his wife, fellow author Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their children, Juni and Sophie.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on December 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
The colors pop and the artwork sings throughout the seven stories featured in EXPLORER: THE LOST ISLANDS, the second anthology from editor Kazu Kibuishi (the creator behind the wonderful Amulet series). Kibuishi’s AMULET is known for these eye-grabbing splashes, which take full advantage of the spectrum of four-color creativity that comics allows, so it’s no surprise to see them on display here as well.

The anthology opens with Jake Parker’s “Rabbit Island,” a parable about laziness overtaking a teamwork-filled island of bunnies. Parker is the creator behind the kid-friendly MISSILE MOUSE, and his story shares some of the fun and innocence found in those books.

From there we launch right into the spooky and somewhat eerie “The Mask Dance” from Chrystin Garland. A girl searching for her father is offered a free ferry ride to a bizarre island, where she is told her father awaits. But there is something far more sinister in store.

Jason Caffoe’s delightful “Carapace” is next. A boy lost on an island finds adventure and friendship with a crab spirit and learns how to fend for himself in an inhospitable environment.

“Desert Island Playlist,” by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, is a standout tale of three females --- a baby, a teenager, and an old woman --- all trapped on a desert island with just three songs each and a book they love to keep them entertained. But as they get to know each other better, they discover some strange connections between them all.

Michel Gagné’s “Loah” is simply gorgeous. Lush aquamarine colors fill seas inhabited by orange, brown, and red fish in a sparsely worded tale. “Radio Adrift” by Katie Shanahan and Steven Shanahan is the story of a mage in training who is trying to hatch a pixie egg.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne S. Walker on November 24, 2013
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This is a “graphic book,” a collection of seven all-new stories written and illustrated by an award-winning roster of comics artists and edited by comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, with each story centered around the theme of places on hidden islands. I normally don’t do graphic books, but this one was sent to me by the publisher for review, so I read through it. I am not a big fan of this media, but I must admit that, while a few of them are a little bizarre, most of the stories are fairly good and, in fact, make some beneficial points. There is really nothing objectionable. I will leave any evaluation of the artwork for others who are more into Japanese-style illustrations.

The seven stories are “Rabbit Island” by Jake Parker; “The Mask Dance” by Chrystin Garlan; “Carapace” by Jason Caffoe; “Desert Island Playist” by Dave Roman and Raina Telegemeier; “Loah” by Michel Gagné; “Radio Adrift” by Katie and Steven Shanahan; and “The Fishermen” by Kibuishi, who is also the creator of Amulet, the award-winning New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, and the editor and art director of eight volumes of Flight, another series of comics anthologies about the general concept of "flight," whether literal flight, flights of fancy, or whatever. The Lost Islands is No. 2 in the “Explorer” series; the first volume was entitled The Mystery Boxes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mymcbooks on November 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
My Review: Explorer The Lost Islands is a collection of seven graphic short stories.

The Rabbit Island by Jake Parker, an island inhabited by rabbits where every rabbit has a job to do until one rabbit decided to build a robot that did all the work until it catch on fire.

The Mask Dance by Chrystin Garland, about a little girl who disordered her father and decided to follow a stranger to the festival.

Carapace by Jason Caffoe is a short story about a boy who woke up on an island looking for food to eat when he came across the exoskeleton of a crab and the crab's ghost who showed him how to find food.

DesertIsland Playist by Dave Roman and Raina Telegemeier was by far the best story. The story is about a young girl who found herself on a deserted island (so she thinks) with only a backpack with a few keepsakes and scattered memories.

I found all seven stories interesting but short and I expected more. The illustrations are beautiful and different in style. The colors are vibrant and bold with help to tell the stories.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from Abrams in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.
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I really miss the larger Flight anthologies. But Explorer series is holding it's own. This wasn't as good as Flight or Amulet, but it does bring a nice variety of stories. A bit dark...so not sure if this is recommended for younger kids.
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By Genevieve Miller on December 22, 2013
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A couple stories are a little dark and some are thoughtful. Nothing a kid can't handle. Nothing superficial. There is a depth to the animation and stories that's hard to find.
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By DDS on December 17, 2013
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Graphic Novels are a very popular item for students. I receive requests all the time for any and all graphic novels. This has been a popular series.
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