So, after just reviewing Zita and comparing it to Amulet, here I am reviewing the latter for the second of my “Week in Review!”
First off, if you haven’t picked up Amulet, by Kazu Kibuishi, it needs to be on your list. It and Bone are the epic fantasies of the graphic novel realm.
Amulet centers on a young girl, Emily, who discovers a powerful, magical stone and is suddenly thrust into a strange parallel world. Then, she finds out she is the one who is supposed to save it. The series is action packed and mysterious, full of deception and grudges, a true good-versus-evil story, but one where it is quite unclear who (or what) exactly is good, and who’s evil.
Volume 5 fells very much like a connector story–like the calm before the storm. It reminded me of Harry Potter 6 in that way. Or the beginning of HP7. Not much happening, but a huge build up for what comes next.
I think Amulet is one of the most beautiful graphic novels written for kids. There are some stunning, sweeping layouts that will knock your socks off. The colors are amazing and the detail shows what a great talent Mr. Kibuishi is.
I would say to go out and find Volume 5, but what I really want to say is that if you haven’t read Amulet, you MUST. It is an absolute must-read for any graphic novel fan, for any sci-fi/fantasy fan, and, I think, for any kid. It was pretty popular during our graphic novel month last year, and I’m sure it will be a hit again during Graphic Novelember.
Mr. Kibuishi plans eight volumes in this series. Can’t wait for the next one. You can find Books 1-4 on the graphic novel shelf in Room 3, and I’ll be picking up Book 5 in the first Scholastic Book Order.
Amulet, Volume 5: Prince of the Elves
By Kazu Kibuishi
Genre: Science fiction
On shelves September 1, 2012