Title: The Stonekeeper
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
ISBN: 0439846811 (ISBN13: 9780439846813)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Recommended Age: Middle Grade
Series: Yes; Amulet (#1)
First Publication Date: January 1st 2008 (187 pages)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
This was a super intense graphic novel. I wasn’t expecting it from a middle grade/children’s book, yet here we are.
The art took me awhile to get used to, but I quickly fell in love with it. It is so dynamic! Seriously, love it.
Story-wise, I can tell this is going to be a bit slow going– I’m not saying this as a negative thing, but as a positive. I dislike when comics skip around, this seems to follow more of a manga approach. I like how it all plays out and there aren’t any weird jumps in time. I can also tell that our main characters are going to have some major character development, which is super exciting.
Looking forward to starting the next volume and I highly recommend this one to people who like adventure comics.