Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

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The prologue, guys and gals, starts the book with a bang or in this case, a dive off a cliff. One tragic car accident takes the life of Em and Navin's father. Two years go by when their mom decides to move the family to this supposedly haunted house in the middle of nowhere that once belonged to their great-grandfather. Their first night there Em hears a noise. Scared, her mom goes to check it out. She expects to find a raccoon or some other thing. What she doesn't expect to find is this globby alien creature that swallows her and takes her away. The story tells a tale of how two siblings and their band of robotic helpers, created by their great-grandfather, use an amulet as a guide to save their mom and potentially a whole kingdom (but that doesn't get explained until the second volume). I really liked the art style of this graphic novel. As I should, considering I found the new covers of the Harry Potter books to be beautiful. Kazu Kibuishi is one talented dude. The whole plot about Em becoming a stonekeeper was pretty cool. However, I did feel as if everything went by so fast. One minute they were cleaning and the next they're trying to save their mom from a glob monster. But that just might be due to my lack of comic book/graphic novel reading in the last few months. I found Miskit and the rest of the robots to be adorable and cool (especially that vacuum cleaner one) even though the vibe of the book was mostly serious the entire time. As a whole, I enjoyed reading the novel. Not as much as others, but I still enjoyed it. The plot was okay, a bit predictable at times. But there were some really cool elements throughout the book. For instance, the house's transformation into a robot? Mind blown. *Explosion sound effects* Anywho! Until the Next (Not-So) Sporadic Review, C.T. (Teen reviewer) Check Our Catalog

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