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Explorer: The Mystery Boxes Paperback – March 1, 2012
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About the Author
Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of Amulet, the award-winning middle school graphic novel series, and the editor and art director of eight volumes of Flight, the influential, Eisner-nominated graphic anthology. His earlier work Daisy Kutter was named a YALSA Best Book for Young Adults. He lives in Alhambra, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
There was a spin-off anthology, Flight Explorer, which was specifically targeted to younger (roughly tween) readers -- though with pretty much the same crew of creators, very similar or the same main characters, and not much difference from the main Flight volumes. That was published in 2008, and was billed as "Volume One," though a second volume hasn't yet appeared.
And now there's EXPLORER: THE MYSTERY BOXES, which smells a whole lot like a themed FLIGHT EXPLORER, VOLUME TWO: seven graphic stories, edited by Kibuishi, all about mysterious magical/scientific/marvelous boxes and the people that open them, also aimed at middle-grade readers. Now, my major problem with the big FLIGHT anthologies is that they were each three hundred pages of stories that were all mostly the same kind of thing: young or otherwise naifish protagonists wandering through big, visually exciting worlds, learning Important Lessons, being Nice, and probably saving something along the way. FLIGHT EXPLORER was better: it focused on adventure, not so much on lessons, though it also seemed to be trying to launch each of its main characters as the hero of a series of separate graphic novels. (And the moderate success of that might be why we haven't seen a second volume.Read more ›
My son's favorite thing about these stories was the endings. He told me he loved the way they kept the mystery alive, even at the end, and then insisted on reading three of the endings to me. Both kids loved the recurring theme of the mystery boxes in every story. I love the graphics.
If you like kid-friendly graphic novels, I highly recommend picking up a copy of this one.
The stories, in order, are:
- A girl finds a box with a wax doll inside. But while the doll initially helps her with her chores, it also begins to cause trouble... and refuses to leave.
- While cleaning his closet, Oliver finds a strange puzzle box -- and is immediately swamped by greedy wizards who want to buy it from him. However, Oliver has his own plans for the box.
- A young treasure-hunter ventures into a vast labyrinth, and finds a mysterious box with the help of a horned creature. What is inside? And can it match the horned creature's dreams?
- After her grandmother claims to have caught a butter-stealing spirit in a box, a curious girl digs it up and checks inside... and ends up being transformed into a teeny-tiny spirit herself. How can she get back?
- After her father is killed, Clara sets out for vengeance against the man who killed him. But when she meets a stranger with a glowing box, she learns the true price of war.
- Alien worker Deets is assigned to organize thousands of boxes... only to discover that something very destructive is inside one. Will it ever come in handy?
- While James is hiking, he is drawn up into a vast floating box. Inside, an alien tells him that the Earth is doomed, and that he has been chosen out of all humans to be taken to another world.Read more ›
These are aimed at the Middle Reader market.
So, if you have an aspiring young Sy Fy or Fantasy fan then this is a safe choice.
The stories can be thought provoking, and the beauty of the varied styles from each artist gives you a taste of their work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son discovered Kazu Kibuishi through his Amulet series. This series is awesome too. He's in second grade and he can't put the books down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kym Harkins
My son loves the Amulet series but wasn't so enthusiastic about the Explorer books. More like a cartoonish comic strip than graphic novel.Published 1 month ago by Kamily
This was a great addition to the Graphica section in my class library! My students love this.Published 1 month ago by Golfer Dave
Book did not get my daughter's attention like the Amulet series. My daughter said it was a little creepy but in defense of the book my daughter does not like anything remotely... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cattie
my son said that there were some interesting stories which captured his interest, but also some that were like OK...coming from a 12 year oldPublished 2 months ago by ltao
My six year son loves the stories. He has had it for about a week and has already read 79 pages. The stories are easy to follow and intriguing enough for a child. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Moss Family
My 8 year old love graphic novels. This was a great one in her age range. She read it in one day. Great book for that kid who is a good reader but doesn't love to read, as much as... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tiffany Whyte