Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)
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Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

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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...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by GRAPHIX
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The Holy Terror
Not very many novels, let alone a graphic novel, stir up a visible emotional response from me (for example: something might be funny but I'll rarely laugh out loud.) This book, however, made me cry within the first 15 pages. Now, that's an accomplishment! I'll admit though, I'm a bit of a softy when it comes to moms or husbands dying, so your mileage may vary with that.

The story is a familiar one; a magical object passed down in the family contains enough power to save the world, and a young gir...more
Betsy
Meh.

Every story, whether it's being told orally, as a book, as a graphic novel, or in a kind of performance is allowed to reuse old tropes. Particularly when the story being told is appropriate for kids, there's a talent in figuring out how to use familiar images and objects in new and exciting ways. It's what distinguishes the good writing from the knock-offs. The storyline that involves a hero who finds a powerful object of some sort that could be good or could be bad is one pretty classic exa...more
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I was not expecting to like this graphic novel as much as I did! It's darker than I had expected it to be. I'm pumped to continue on with this series!
Kellee
A fun M.G. graphic novel that is full of emotions and adventure.

This story began with one of the saddest moments in a story I have ever read in a middle grade story- a daughter, Emily, (& her mother) watches her father die after a car crash. He is alive and talking when the car falls over a cliff. Devastating! And on top of that, after she moves with her family to a new house in the middle of nowhere, she discovers an alternate universe where her mother is taken from her- what tough luck in...more
neeecole
Oct 06, 2008 neeecole rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone! youngins', teens, old folks, me, you, your mom
Recommended to neeecole by: nicole.
Just finished Amulet: Book 1: The Stone Keeper and I want moooooooore! I bought this at Comic Con this year, after it was recommended by my friend Nicole. She knows the artist/author and he signed it with a cute little bunny drawing! Any way, GREAT! adventure/fantasy graphic novel series... and I heard it's already being optioned for a movie. I am super happy to see another female heroine in the lead role, so the little girl inside of me jumps for joy and longs for the days of having silly adven...more
Regan
4.89676

I really really really really enjoyed this! Much darker than what I was expecting but amazing nonetheless. Also, this just reminded me so much of a Miyazaki film that I just couldn't stop smiling! I NEED THE NEXT ONES!
Raina
Jun 19, 2012 Raina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Raina by: Rachel
Shelves: creepyish, graphicnovel, j
I know, I know. Not quite sure why it took me this long to read this, either.

But there it is.

I was actually surprised by this. I was surprised by the darkness. By the ambiguity. By the sadness and the mashup of elements.

There are elements I really really liked. The mushrooms, some of the creatures, the HOUSE every time it appeared. Actually, BOTH of the houses are pretty awesome.

Granted, I've only read (and will probably only read) the first volume, but I didn't get why the rabbit character s...more
Emma
Two years after the death of their father, Emily and Navin move into the countryside with their mother into an old house in the family. Some quick investigations of the house lead the family to the room of Emily’s Great-Grandfather, who went missing years ago. When Emily finds a mysterious amulet, she secretly takes it. When her mother is taken by a monster, Emily will have to use the amulet to save her. With Navin, Emily enters an impossible world where only she has the power to save her mother...more
Chrissy
I never really read graphic novels and I actually really enjoyed this graphic novel. It was a bit dark at times but the plot and cliffhangers at the end of each book is great. Kazu Kibuishi is a great author and artist and I'm really happy I picked this graphic novel series to read. Right after I finished The Stonekeeper, I was really keen on grabbing the second novel and reading it. It's also a great novel for all ages, as it captivates your attention right away. I highly recommend this series...more
J. Torres
I really wanted to love this book. I'd heard so many good things about it, and I do like Kibuishi's art quite a bit, both in this and in Flight, and it simply sounded like my kind of graphic novel. I guess my problem with the story is that it's very familiar. Yes, all the necessary elements for an amazing fantasy tale are there, but it's almost paint by numbers. And there's nothing wrong with playing with archetypes and classic plots and all that good stuff that works, but I suppose I found myse...more
Jewel Vang
Amulet book number one is very adventurous in a way. I liked how the story didn't give the readers any useless information in this story. The beginning was emotional and really affected the story. I liked how I felt like I knew the characters. I liked the pictures. That were drawn and the storyline that makes you want to read more of it. I really want to read the second book now. I really liked it because it related to me and my siblings in a way. I have to look out for them like Emily has to lo...more
Sheila
Sep 07, 2008 Sheila rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle schoolers who like a good fantasy adventure.
Recommended to Sheila by: Brigid Shogan
Shelves: graphic-novels
This will be a good book to booktalk to 6th graders! If they haven't gotten into graphic novels, it'll be a good entre into that genre. The illustrations blend so well with the text to portray the emotions of Emily, her brother, Navin, and parents. The story begins with a terrible tragedy that then brings the family to their ancestor's creepy old home in the middle of nowhere. Emily discovers a pendant (the amulet) that has some strange powers. During the night, the family awakens upon hearing s...more
Carsen
In the book "Amulet: The Stonekeeper" by Kazu Kibuishi, two children, named Emily and Navin, and their mother move to their great-uncle's house in the countryside after the tragic death of their father. Soon after moving in and finding the house pretty worse for wear, Emily discovers a hidden amulet in one of the rooms. That night, an evil tentacle monster kidnaps their mother, and the brother and sister must journey into the alternate world connected to the house to save her.
I found the first "...more
Sophia F
Monsters, a mission, and a very special Amulet.
After Emily's father died in an unfortunate car crash while saving his daughter and wife, she and her family must move to a home her Great-Grandfather Silas used to own, (but disappeared) due to financial strain. While cleaning, Emily finds a beautiful Amulet and wears it, against her brother Navin's request for her to put it back. Later on their first night, the power went out, and strange noises came from their basement. They all went to investiga...more
Bear
It's about well it's about two kids who lose their mother and their father's killed in a car accident and now they have to save their mother with the amulet. They found it in a magic desk. The mystery part is how it will help them save their mom.
Rebecca
You can read this review and more on my book blog

In a nutshell: Amulet is a fun and beautifully illustrated graphic novel series perfect for any reader - young or old - looking for an adventure.

I decided to pick up Amulet after hearing so many wonderful things about it and since I love Kazu Kibuishi's art. The Harry Potter covers he designed are some of my favourite books on my shelf. Novels are definitely my preferred format but every now and then, it's nice to dive into a good graphic novel. A...more
Ahmed
This is a rely good book and I hop to read the next one I also hop all my friends. Oils read it and ring it interesting I also want to read all the series.
Raeleen Lemay
VERY COOOOOOOL
Amy
Jan 17, 2010 Amy added it
Shelves: 2010, j-comics
Navin and Emily's father died in a tragic car accident several years ago, and now they - along with their mother - are starting a new life in an old house out in the country. Navin accepts the move with an easy-going good nature, but Emily is more resistant. To her, the change feels like running away. Nevertheless, neither child can deny that the house they are moving into is pretty cool. It has been in their family for generations, and is filled with a treasure trove of bizarre objects on accou...more
Cathy
I think this might be the first graphic novel I've read that's actually intended for children. OK, that probably isn't true, but I did really like the larger print of the lettering used that reminded me of the young adult books that I read that tend to have larger lettering as well. Which is a bit strange, if you think about it since kids have better vision than us old folk and can see small print just fine, but I'm sure there's solid marketing to prove that smaller print turns them off or somet...more
Mandy
Emily never imagined that she's see her father plument to his death on the side of a mountain in a car crash. But she did. And now her mother is forcing Emily and her brother Navin to start a new life in a new town and live in the home of Em's great-grandfather, Silias, who mysteriously disappeared decades ago. The place is full of creepy cobwebs and hidden entrances, with great-grandfather's Silias' inventions scattered throughout, just waiting for their master to return. But when Em's mother f...more
Luke Baldock
The Stonekeeper is a wonderfully produced book. The page quality is excellent and the full colour visuals are extraordinary. I really loved the art work. It was reminiscent of manga characters, but with a gentler and more cartoonish design. The world and characters Kibuishi has designed are great in terms of aesthetics, but when it comes to development, this story is lacking somewhat. The book just moves too fast. You could probably read it in about 30 minutes, if that. It's one long action piec...more
Eden
2 years ago, Emily and Navin's father died in a car wreck. Emily, along with her mother, was there when it happened. Now, for a fresh start, they are moving to a house their mother inherited from her grandfather.

It's an old house, out in the middle of nowhere and needs a lot of work. They start cleaning right away, but it's going to take a while before the place feels like home.
While cleaning, Emily finds a strange necklace and later that night, they hear something coming from the basement. Thei...more
Wonbo
Amulet: The Stonekeeper (Vol. 1). By: Kazu Kibuishi. Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure, Action. Pages: 187.

Amulet is about a girl named Emily and her adventures in Alledia, an alternate version of Earth. There, Emily becomes a stonekeeper, following her great grandfather's path, and takes responsibility to keep the amulet safe, and master how to use the amulet, which will grant her great powers: controlling Alledia, controlling time, and being able to use magical powers. In order to return to t...more
Brittany
Emily and Navin lost their father in an accident. Their mother takes them to a new town to start over. The house they move into has been in their family for years after their great-grandfather went missing. Now their mom has been taken away too. When Emily finds an amulet necklace, it starts to help show her the way. What will they uncover deep within the house, and how do they know that the amulet won't lead them astray.

This was an exciting little tale. I can't believe they killed off the fathe...more
Thomas Bryant
in the first book in the amulet series. the Stonekeeper. in the stone keeper it starts off when this kid named Emily is in a car with her mom and her brother named Navin. there looking for a new place to live then they find a house to move into so they move in the house was really messy so they cleaned up the house while they where cleaning Emily found this amulet then she put it on and they continued to clean then after they stopped cleaning they herd a bumping noise in the basement so there mo...more
Lori Redman
Amulet is what I would consider classic children's storytelling. It has all the usual archetypes of a classic Hero's Journey- the unlikely hero who fights their destiny, the faithful sidekick, the insurmountable mountain, etc. etc. This could easily be a novel, not a graphic novel. But I'm so glad they chose to tell this story as a graphic novel... it comes alive.

First of all... the author and illustrator are the same guy, who is brilliant at what he does. I wonder if the story comes alive so we...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Michaela Pallante aka "Mickey" for TeensReadToo.com

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and her brother, Navin, move with their mother to a new town to start a brand new life. Their new house is very old and has been in their family for years. Emily is very interested by this old house, particularly one room upstairs in which she finds a beautiful necklace with a very pretty stone in it.

Emily's cool find is soon overshadowed by a very strange first night in the house. After...more
Karissa
I picked this up at the library as I was perusing through graphic novels appropriate for kids. This one looked neat, had great artwork, and didn't seem too complicated for a young child. We ended up not reading it together because it got a bit too scary for my son, but I read it on my own and really enjoyed it!

Emily and Navin are moving into their mother's old childhood house; after the death of their father in a car accident their mother can't afford their old house and they are being forced to...more
Chae
What an amazing read. From the prologue all the way to the last page of the novel, I was completely hooked.

The story begins at night in a car, when Emily unexpectedly loses her father in a car accident, and her, her mother, and her brother(Navin) set off to live in an ancestral house, located in a deserted area just off to the city. At the house, the children begin to investigate, and Emily discovers an Amulet, which later aids her tremendously in her quest to find her mother. As they explore t...more
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Kazu Kibuishi (born 1978) is an American graphic novel author and illustrator. He is best known for being the creator and editor of the comic anthology Flight and for creating the webcomic Copper. He has also written (drawn) the Amulet series. The webcomic artist and noted critic Scott McCloud has said that some of Kazu Kibuishi's work is so beautifully drawn that "it hurts my hands when I look at...more
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