Title: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Publication Date: January 1, 2008
Number of Pages: 187
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Graphic Novel
There’s something strange behind the basement door…
After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin and their mother move to an ancestral home to start a new life. On the family’s very first night in the mysterious house, Em and Navin’s mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature. Now it’s up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother’s life!
Review written on February 21, 2015
Being completely obsessed and engulfed with graphic novels recently, I’ve finally read Amulet and I am absolutely swept away. Besides the fact that I don’t read graphic novels before, I also don’t read as much middle grade books as I used to when I was a kid. And this book is in fact a middle grade (-ish) kind of book and I surprisingly loved it! This book is pretty amazing in so many ways, but the high points for me are the story-telling, the characters and art.
Two years after their father’s death from a car accident, Emily and Navin’s mother decided to move out of the city and live in the countryside at the family’s old ancestral house. After some quick cleaning and roaming around the house, Emily found herself inside her great grandfather’s room, who went missing years and years ago. Emily then found an amulet and took it without asking permission from her mother. On their first night at the house, their mother was taken away by a huge tentacled creature, Emily and Navin is desperate to save their mother. And everything turned out to get more and more complicated than it already is.
And though this book is set for middle graders, it is definitely no ordinary middle grade graphic novel. The word that totally fits this book is ‘Magical’. It is sort of a combination of dark and fancy, and not every novel can pull that kind of thing off into something totally amazing. The world and the characters are truly one of a kind. It is really a book for all ages. The art work on the other hand is a different story, it is wonderful and reminds me of anime (-ish) art works.
Overall, from start to finish, this graphic novel was a pretty awesome graphic novel and I am really so keen in grabbing my copy of volume 2. Surely, everyone will love this, middle grader or not!