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The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tragic events kick off action-packed graphic novel fantasy.

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age 8+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 8+

Amazing Read

Review written by my 12 year old daughter Amulet Of all the many forms of media, graphic novels stand out to me as being the most immersive. Be it an adaptation of a classic work of literature or the latest comic strip, I find myself lost in the colorful pictures and speech balloons. So it comes as no surprise that one of my favorite series happens to be of this genre. Amulet, a grotesquely underappreciated fantasy anthology by Kazu Kibuishi, is both beautifully illustrated and marvelously told. The story follows a young girl named Emily Hayes as she discovers a magical amulet in her grandfather’s house, which transports her, her mom and her brother Navin into a world filled with fantasy and danger. The children discover an alternate version of their grandfather Silas’s house, which is brimming with robotics ranging from the house itself, which flies, to a pink, bunny-shaped pilot. Emily and Navin learn that their mother has been captured by a race of ghastly monsters, and they must pilot the house to save and reunite her with the family. The adventure continues across the next books in the series. The Hayes family attempts to get home, whilst learning more about Emily’s amulet and the extent of its powers. They cross paths with a cast of interesting characters, from a bipedal fox to a robotic chef. The art style skillfully combines fantasy and science fiction elements, with tiny details tying each panel into the next with the grace of a weaving spider. I enjoyed this series because it was filled with thrilling twists and turns and compelling characters. These books are easy to understand yet very complexly narrated, which makes it engaging for those of all ages. Anyone who has not read these graphic novels is missing out on so much, more than can be put into writing. It is both aesthetically pleasing and beautifully lettered. Clear your weekend to read this binge-worthy, seven-book series!
age 8+

Great for boys and girls looking to move past Cptn. Undies, Dog Man

The opening pages are filled with strong tragedy and emotions are high. However, following the heart-wrenching but non-violent death of the father (auto crash) the author paints a touching picture of the structural reconciliation and emotional progress of the remaining family members. This plot line and the more adventurous ones that follow move very quickly. But this pace unquestionably keeps a child's short attention span well hooked for the next elements of the thriller story. The plot is always just scary enough and balanced with triumph for early grade school students to keep turning pages, trying to read new words, learn new sentence structures and grammar, etc. Great fantasy sci-fi touch with the elves and magic amulet. Top shelf artwork all around: penciling and color.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (27 ):

THE STONEKEEPER provides a propulsive start for the Amulet series of graphic novels. The tragedy that opens the book sets a somber tone, but once Emily and Navin begin to explore their new home, the tone lightens even as the action becomes more frenetic. Author/illustrator Kazi Kibuishi has a flair for appealing character design, rich backgrounds, and well-choreographed confrontations. Little in the plot is resolved, but the stage is set for further grand adventures.

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