Title: Amulet: Book One: The Stonekeeper
Writer and Artist: Kazu Kibuishi
The Stonekeeper begins with a terrible car accident. Emily's father is killed. Two years later, she, her mother and her younger brother, Navin, move to a creepy house in the country. That very night, Mom is whisked away to a parallel dimension. The kids set off to find her guided only by a mysterious amulet.
This was a book I picked up for our daughter on a Goodreads recommendation intending, I must admit, to read it myself once she was done. Unfortunately, she didn't care for it. I was a bit surprised. It seems right up her alley: a magical adventure with a girl protagonist. But no, not her thing, she says. Oh well.
I, on the other hand, was more impressed. The artwork is excellent. Emily and Navin encounter many strange, excellently rendered creatures in their adventure. The spooky settings are established effectively, too. Most importantly from the perspective of story, I'm eager to know what happens next.
Slight spoiler alert!!!
The kids find Mom but she's not quite out of the woods yet. It's also not entirely clear whom among the various beings they encounter is truly on their side. One wonder if even the amulet that's guiding them truly has their best interests at heart. Many questions are left to be answered in future volumes. So, even if the Purple Penguin doesn't pursue the story any further, I may well do so myself.
(End of slight spoiler)
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