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Explorer (The Mystery Boxes #1) 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 370L (What's this?)
  • Series: Explorer
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141970009X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700095
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andrew C Wheeler VINE VOICE on September 15, 2012
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So, first there was the series of Flight anthologies, edited by Kazu Kibuishi -- they showcased mostly younger cartoonists, mostly people working in and around animation, and weren't officially for younger readers, though they were almost entirely young-reader-friendly. Flight ran eight annual volumes, and ended last year.

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.
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This is a fantastic compilation of short graphic novel stories, put together by eight top comic creators. Seven different stories and fabulous color graphics will keep middle grade readers engaged for hours. Both my 10-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter LOVED it. In fact, I had to steal it from my daughter in order to write this post.

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.
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Explorer: The Mystery Boxes is a collection of seven short comic stories, each 15 to 20 pages long and in color. Every story features a mysterious box of some sort, and the collection is edited by Kazu Kibuishi, author of the Amulet series, which I love. In a few of the stories, the box is quite small. Usually, there's something inside. In a couple of the stories, the box is large, a spaceship, even.

There is a lot of good in The Mystery Boxes; each story is very different, but the quality, at least for me, doesn't even come close to comparing to Amulet. Here are my ratings of the individual stories:

"Under the Floorboards": Cute, and perfect for a child. ****1/4
"Spring Cleaning": A little too kidsy. ***
"The Keeper's Treasure": Stupid. *
"The Butter Thief": Imaginative. ***3/4
"The Soldier's Daughter": Deals with death, so it might not be suitable for very young readers. ***1/2
"Whatzit": Very, very funny, and almost worth the collection by itself. ****3/4
"The Escape Option": Done by Kibuishi himself. ****

That averages out to about ***1/3, but this collection is better than the sum of its parts. For kids 8 or 9 to 12, it's ideal. As an adult, I have to rank it ***3/4
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We have been looking for books that will hold my son's interest and help to continue his journey as a developing reader. He loves comics and graphic novels - has been devouring them; will re-read one that he's finished and this book was no different. He finished reading this over a weekend and then started to re-read it. We love that he can't wait to read these as he has had difficulty reading prior to discovering this author. Asa parent I'm happy that he's happy and feels a sense of accomplishment so much so that he now reads to us.
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I started with the Amulet series, and am now a big fan of Kibuishi's work. This book is an anthology of his stuff and that of a bunch of his colleagues, but it's very good. The diversity between the different artists is a definite plus. Visually stunning all around.
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Boxes. Boxes with mystery contents. They may have treasure, or a demon, or an alien creature, or even a demonic wax doll. Each of the seven stories in "Explorer: The Mystery Boxes" revolves around a... well, a mysterious box that changes the life of whoever handles it. A couple of the stories are too goofy for me to really get into them, but the others are simply sublime -- bittersweet, hopeful, charming and/or creepy.

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.
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