Finally, something to satisfy the many Amulet fans in my library. As I mentioned in my blog article about Amulet, my students are so sad that the series only has five volumes. Many of my students have read each book of Amulet multiple times. Kibuishi’s Copper book also circulated like crazy until our copy was lost.
So, when I found out that Kazu Kibuishi created a collection of graphic short stories, I thought I’d give these books a try in my library. I was not disappointed. While the work is not entirely that of Kazu Kibuishi exclusively, it is a really nice collection. It contains short stories from 21 authors, including one story from Kibuishi. I ordered the first three books, and they immediately started circulating. There are eight books in all, and I’ve already been asked by my students to add to our collection. While most of these stories can be understood by younger students, I would recommend them for a tween and older audience.
This graphic novel series flies off my shelves, and I constantly have to answer the question, “Why haven’t you ordered number 6!” Those of you following the Amulet series will know that there isn’t a number 6 yet. I can see why this book is so popular with my students. There is a great mix of something tragic, something mysterious and a new fantasy world. The illustrations are really beautifully done. Highly recommended for third grade and older.
Emily and Navin lose their father in a car accident and move to a remote town with their mom. The house they move to is an old house owned by their great grandfather Silas. When Emily and Navin wander upstairs, they discover a room and a mysterious amulet. When their mother is lured into a trap, the children follow her, guided by a mechanical rabbit named Miskit. They find their great grandfather on his death bed. He urges Emily to become the new Stonekeeper, leading her into a new world and teaching her the power of the Amulet.