Amulet: The Stonekeeper
Reviewed: August 28, 2008
By: Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Scholastic Graphix
187 pages, $9.99
While I am a long time comic book and cartoon fan I’ve never been able
to warm to the anime/manga style. So I’m surprised by how much I enjoyed
this book, the first of a projected series. While it is clearly a tale with
anime leanings, but t is also set firmly within the traditions of Young Adult
It begins with a tragedy. A happy family is devastated by a car accident which
kills the father, leaving the mother and two kids. Tow years pass and they are
forced to relocate to an older home which has been in the family for years.
It’s in an isolated rural area and the kids aren’t happy with the
On their very fist night there things get worse. Emily finds a strange amulet
which starts talking to her. There really is a monster in the basement and it
sort of devours their mother. In a Wonderlandish moment they find themselves
sucked into another world behind the basement walls, a place full of danger,
but a place they have to go to, because Mom’s not actually dead inside
that thing. She’s been collected and they have to rescue her.
They are followed by a couple of dark figures. ne turns out to be a friend,
the other not, They find their great-grandfather and his strange creations.
Emily and Narvin discover that they are his heirs, that their mother is alive
and that they have to find an an antidote to the poison with which the creature
The book ends with the some very surprising developments and with the quest
for book two clearly outlined. The last few pages of this book fairly blew me
away. I was not expecting what happened there, and Kibuishi carried it off beautifully.
This book has good artwork and effective story telling. I’m, looking forward
to seeing what happens next.