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The Hidden Doors (Explorer) Paperback – October 14, 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Explorer Series

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 4–8—Readers are once again presented with an array of stories created by a cast of comics authors and illustrators smartly assembled by Kibuishi. With a balance of styles, sensibilities, and palettes, the work showcases seven unique approaches to the central theme of finding a hidden door. Most of the entries hinge on a kid facing an emotional or physical peril. In "Asteria Crane," Kibuishi delivers a cinematic tale of experimental dream therapy that could easily be at home as a sci-fi film. In "Luis 2.0," Jen Wang shares a sweet vignette about wanting to become someone else, only to find it's better being one's authentic self after all. The range in this slim volume is expansive. From funny to deep and fantastical to refined, all of the stories have a compelling narrative arc. The colors are just as varied, and are universally dynamic and nuanced. Consider this (and previous series installments) as a necessary addition to any graphic novel collection.—Jenna Lanterman, formerly at The Calhoun School and Mary McDowell Friends School, New York City --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Another worthy entry in a series of themed collections that places production and storytelling on equally high pedestals."
(Kirkus Reviews 2014-10-01)

"The last three stories—Steve Hamaker’s rollicking 'Fish n Chips'; Johane Matte’s inventive Egyptian-graverobbing story, 'Mastaba'; and Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate’s pun-tastic fantasy action tale 'When Is a Door Not a Door?'—end the collection on a high note, with solid plots and gorgeous artwork. Expect followers of the popular series to snatch it up."
(Snow Wildsmith Booklist 2014-10-06)

"Consider this (and previous series installments) as a necessary addition to any graphic novel collection."
(Jenna Lanterman, formerly at The Calhoun School and Mary McDowell Friends School, New York City School Library Journal 2014-11-01) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Explorer (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419708848
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419708848
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my first "Explorer" and I'll have to go back and read the first two as I fair enjoyed this. Now I'd only read a couple of the author/illustrators before but both Kibuishi and Canadian Faith Erin Hicks are favourites of mine. Anthologies are best when they have a solid theme and this one's "Hidden Doors" is an intriguing one. Each story does have a physical door in it, but the differences end there. Each story took the theme in a unique direction; Kazu Kibuishi's offering was my favourite by far though.
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My grandson and I both love his amulet series and these collections. We are anxiously waiting for number 7 of the amulet series. He is brilliant at combining word power with images and characters that kids can identify with immediately. My grandson did not want to read this at first, but one book reviewer said "read the first few pages and see if you can put it down". I said ,"let's give it a try."
He called me that night and said,"Mimi, I can't put it down!" I hope another reader has been created!
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If you like the Amulet series, you will love these books. Our son reads and reads both these books and the Amulet series. He is also rough on books and these have held up well so far. He carries them in his bookbag and tosses them around a lot. I highly recommend these books. The art is wonderful and colorful. The stories are good for kids (11ish) and are not dark like some graphic novels.
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Had read The Amulet with my son which is a series of several books by same author -- great graphics and compelling story. This is actually a series of short stories, some good and some just okay. My eight year old read the entire book in an hour before going to sleep and again some of the stories were less than riveting. Is okay as a long form comic, but thought it was a series.
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My young teenager thinks this series is amazing. She enjoyed the short stories. She enjoys discussing the storylines, characters, and pictures with other fans. She loves this genre and hopes to read more.
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My son really loved the Amulet series. I searched for more by this author and came across the Explorer series. He really enjoyed these as well. These are a nice break from normal chapter books.
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Without commenting on all the books within this order, I'm sure my grandson will appreciate them for his 12th birthday coming up next month! J. Kovats
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My son loves the Amulet series but wasn't so enthusiastic about the Explorer books. More like a cartoonish comic strip than graphic novel.
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