Tuesday, November 21, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Storekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic Novel Review of The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi is an absolutely adorable graphic novel. I loved the artwork so much, and the storyline was so intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on book two!

Let's jump in!

The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

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.

My thoughts:
Whenever I see graphic novels marked as "Middle Grade," I'm a bit hesitant. I've read a number that were really awesome, while others were lacking. In this case, I absolutely loved the book! And while marked as MG, there were many illustrations that were very creepy, which, of course, I really enjoyed!

The prologue sets the story up wonderfully. Then we just dive in to the main storyline, which follows the trope of loss and a new start in an old creepy house. If you've been following me for a while, you know I'm a total sucker for this trope!

The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi panel

I really enjoyed the characters! Their dialogue was so realistic, they were well developed, and their facial expressions during certain events were perfect!

The elements of fantasy and the paranormal were wonderfully done. I also really enjoyed the elements of humor that were scattered throughout. That mixed with the captivating storyline and perfect pacing made this a great read! 

And the artwork... it was just stunning! I loved it so much! Check out this example:

My final thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book from cover to cover! I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

I would definitely recommend this to graphic novel fans than enjoy lighter stories with a dash of fantasy.

Thanks for reading!
What is your favorite middle grade graphic novel?


  1. This totally sucked me in too! I think I have read the first six or so... I have to jump back in! Great review, Erica. :)

    1. Oh my gosh! I didn't know there were so many of them! I can't wait to read more :)

  2. Really enjoyed your review, Erica! Looks like a fun read. The pictures are beautiful!

    1. It certainly was!! Thanks for stopping by! :)

    2. Really loved this review also as my 12 year old loves these kind of books. It's neat seeing them be excited about reading and cant wait to tell me all about it. The pictures are great too makes me want to read the book also.

    3. Oh awesome!! I hope you both enjoy!! :)

  3. I grabbed this a few years ago and while I liked it, I never felt compelled to pick up the rest. Now, seeing it here, you've reminded me how awesome the artwork is. I may grab a few more from my library because I know they have them. I think my favorite Middle Grade Graphic novel series is Lumberjanes. At least that's where my library categorizes them.