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The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1) Paperback – January 1, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Almost too clever and poignant, Amulet is, on the surface, about navigating the murky waters of adolescence and, beneath that, an exploration of abandonment and survival. Emily and Navin are lost children, literally lost in a dark, new world and struggling to save their mother, who has been kidnapped by a drooling, tentacled beast. With stellar artwork, imaginative character design, moody color and consistent pacing, this first volume's weakness lies in its largely disjointed storytelling. There is the strong, young, heroine; cute, furry, sidekicks; scary monsters—all extraordinary components, but pieced together in a patchwork manner. There is little hope in his dark world as Kibuishi removes Emily and Navin's frame of safety. Their hopes rest in a magic amulet that seems to be working in the interest of the children—until it suddenly isn't. The most frightening element of Amulet is the sense of insecurity we feel for Emily, fighting her way through uncharted terrain with no guide and no support system. This first volume of Amulet isn't a disappointment, but it does feel like a warmup to the main event. If anything, it's a clear indication that Kibuishi has just begun skimming the surface of his own talent. (Jan.)
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Praise for Amulet
New York Times Bestseller
"Five-no, three pages into Amulet and you'll be hooked." - Jeff Smith, creator of BONE
"[The] action-packed adventure sequences move at an exciting clip . . . Part fantasy . . . and part manga, this volume has much to appeal to readers." - Booklist
"A richly drawn graphic-fantasy series following in the footsteps of BONE and a must for all fantasy fans." - Kirkus Reviews
"Stellar artwork, imaginative character design, moody color and consistent pacing." - PW Comics Week
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Amulet: The Stonekeeper, is the heart breaking story of Emily and Navin. They've just suffered a tremendous loss when they move to a new city and end up, for the moment, losing someone else they love. We see them battle the unknown to find what they desire so badly; we see them grow up.
It took me around 20 minutes to read this book, there are many pages with just pictures and no text, but I enjoyed it. I have to admit, though, it was a struggle to read this book how it's supposed to be read. Since I don't have much experience with graphic novels, I found myself having to re-read.
Now to put on my teacher hat!
This book would be a great way to teach craft in the class. The author has crafted their story into a graphic novel using dialogue and illustrations. The author also created a certain tone and mood while writing. This book was an enjoyable read; I will be reading the next one!
I likes how the mother helped keep the kids upbeat when the moved into the old home and had to clean it and on the way there she was understanding of their feelings and was encouraging them to like their new home. Even encouraging Emily to learn more about her great grandfather. Just not be like him.
Emily was super brave for a kid who watched her father die and her mother get snatched by a monster. She took responsibility of her brother and the amulet and decided to help save her mother and the world that they were in. I liked the Emily has choices not just that she has to do something because she was given the amulet but she had the choice to. She also had the choice to seriously hurt someone but she made the choice to let him live even though he wasn't the nicest of beings. I like that she lets her younger brother help out and notices when he might be better suited for the situation because of his past favorite past time ( like my son, most kids and some adults...its gaming)
The story was great. A little dark but you get the whole light at the end of the tunnel feeling. That the characters will achieve what the set out to do. I also enjoyed the whole family thing. The illustrations were wonderful. I even slowed down and went back to look at the artwork. I look forward to reading this series and being able to talk about it with my son. It was a great start to a fantastical adventure.
Now that I think about it I'd recommend this to kids around middle grade but like I said my son has been reading the series for awhile so, maybe use caution it does have monsters and evil doers and its a little dark but not so much that I wouldn't say you shouldn't read this with a younger kid. I'm actually thinking about starting it with my youngest soon.
Great characters, Wonderful story and artwork, a quick read ( at least for me, an adult), fantastical adventure. I'll continue to recommend it to others and look forward to reading it with my youngest and continuing the series.
Besides an engaging story with compelling characters, Kibuishi is a fantastic illustrator. As with many exemplar graphic novels the spare text is amplified and much of the story told through his illustrations. The creatures of Alledia are strange enough to pique our imagination, but not so much that they are totally alien in form.
After reading Stonekeeper, I am eager to see what happens next with Emily and Navin, and their company.
Not fond of how the elves are drawn but that's very minor.
My kids went through the book quickly and are looking forward to more books.
The artwork seems so simple, yet is so insightful, and the story is out of this world. Wish the rest weren't so expensive but then all that artwork and story is definitely worth it!
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