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The Resource Amulet, Book one, The stonekeeper, Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet, Book one, The stonekeeper, Kazu Kibuishi

Label
Amulet, Book one, The stonekeeper
Title
Amulet
Title number
Book one
Title part
The stonekeeper
Statement of responsibility
Kazu Kibuishi
Title variation
Stonekeeper
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Emily and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Emily finally has the chance to save someone she loves" -- from publisher's web site
Member of
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Illustration
Award
  • Surrey Schools' Book of the Year Award (British Columbia), 2009.
  • Young Reader's Choice Award (Pacific Northwest), Junior, 2011.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
Review
  • Gr. 4-7 Kibuishi, the creator of the action-packed Daisy Kutter series, sets his sights on a slightly younger crowd here. This first volume in the new Amulet graphic novel series introduces Emily, who has relocated to a strange house in the woods, where she finds a magical amulet left behind by her great grandfather. Soon after, she and her brother engage in a wild adventure to learn the secrets of the amulet and save their mother. Emily is as high-spirited a heroine as you are likely to find, and, propelled by uncluttered visuals, her action-packed adventure sequences move at an exciting clip. However, there are also dark elements in the tale—the gut-wrenching opening in which Emily loses her father in a car accident. the autumnal tones of the animation-like art, and the ambiguous agenda of the amulet itself. Part fantasy (anthropomorphized animals, elves) and part manga (transforming robots, tentacled monsters), this volume has much to appeal to readers, thoughàthey may be in for a more emotionally complex read than expected. -- Karp, Jesse (Reviewed 12-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 7, p42)
  • Gr 4 Up— Hurrying to pick up her brother, Emily and her parents have a tragic accident, and her father dies. After this dark beginning, the story skips forward two years to when the remaining family members are forced to move to an ancestral house in a small town. Rumored to be haunted, it is unkempt and forbidding. The first night there, Emily's mother goes down to the basement to investigate a noise and doesn't return. The kids search for her and discover a doorway into another world, where their mother has been swallowed by a monster and is being taken away. An amulet that Emily found in the house tells her that together they can save her, but her brother isn't so sure that this voice can be trusted. Still, what other choice do they have in this strange place? Gorgeous illustrations with great color bring light to this gloomy tale. Filled with excitement, monsters, robots, and mysteries, this fantasy adventure will appeal to many readers, but it does have some truly nightmarish elements.—Dawn Rutherford, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA --Dawn Rutherford (Reviewed January 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 1, p152)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed January 28, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 4, p48)
  • With many a SZZT! SZRAK! FWOOM! and SKREE!, young Emily learns to use an energy-bolt-shooting amulet against an array of menaces to rescue her captured Mom in this graphic-novel series opener. When a scuttling "arachnopod" sucks down their widowed parent, Emily and younger sib Navin pursue through a door in the basement and into the alternate-Earth land of Alledia. Finding unexpected allies in rabbit-like Miskit, grumpy Cogsley and other robots created by their mysterious great-grandfather, the children weather attacks from huge, tentacled Rakers, a pointy eared elf prince with shark-like teeth and other adversaries to get her back—only to discover that she's in a coma, poisoned. Off to Episode Two, and the distant city of Kanalis, for a cure. The mid-sized, squared-off panels are sometimes a little small to portray action sequences clearly, but the quickly paced plot is easy enough to follow, and Kibuishi is a dab hand at portraying freaky monsters. Fans of Jeff Smith's Bone will happily fret with the good guys and hiss at the baddies. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12) (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
250910
Cataloging source
sa
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1978-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kibuishi, Kazu
Dewey number
741.5973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
GN310L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 12
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
Reading level
2.0
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Amulet
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Haunted houses
  • Supernatural
  • Quests (Expeditions)
  • Rescues
  • Conduct of life
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Amulet, Book one, The stonekeeper, Kazu Kibuishi
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
185 pages
Isbn
9780439846806
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations
Label
Amulet, Book one, The stonekeeper, Kazu Kibuishi
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
185 pages
Isbn
9780439846806
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
chiefly color illustrations

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