Title: Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Genre: graphic novel
Page Count: 187
Why I read it: graphic novel challenge
Grade: C+/A (round it to a B)
After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin, and their mother move to an old ancestral home to start a new life. On the family's very first night in the mysterious house, a strange noise lures them into the basement, where Em and Navin's mom is kidnapped by a humongous, tentacled creature and dragged down behind the basement door.
The kids give chase down a twisty spiral stairway and find themselves in a strange and magical world below. Most surprising of all, it seems that their great-grandfather, who was an inventor and puzzle maker, was there before them – and he's left some unfinished business.
Now it's up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother's life!
Amulet was a very cute graphic novel. Perhaps it was too cute. To be fair, this is a children's graphic novel, aimed towards kids, so for that I think it hit the spot completely. There are all kinds of cute, fun characters, from a bunny rabbit to robots. And the main characters are children, too.
So, for me, this wasn't quite to my taste (C+)--it was a little too simplistic. But for it's intended purposes, for children, I think it's perfect (A). Which would round it out to a B grade. The story was just scary enough to keep the pages turning, but it's lightened with some really fun characters. I could actually see this more as a kid's movie than a graphic novel, but it works here too, I guess.
I would recommend this if you like to read graphic novels to or with your children. They would probably love it.