Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Amulet: The Stonekeeper
by Kazu Kibuishi
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. Em 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 Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves. (description from Amazon.com)
This was a beautifully drawn and colored adventure. I loved the style of the drawings and the rounded shapes of the characters. Miskit is so cute! The inventions, the robots, the planes, the dart gunes, etc. were all very cool.
The best part about this graphic novel, though, was the way that Emily's adventure to save her mother was really a manifestation of her confusion and grief. This blurred the emotional journey she was going through in reality with a really cool fantasy adventure. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next Amulet book.