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The Hidden Doors

(Explorer #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,234 ratings  ·  157 reviews
A bullied boy discovers a door guarded by a sly monster . . . A painting of a door opens in a forgotten Egyptian tomb . . . A portal in the park promises to turn you into a much cooler version 2.0—if you can just get the bugs out . . . Edited by New York Times bestselling comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, who is also a contributor, the third volume in this highly praised serie ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Amulet Books
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Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've been reading Kibuishi's Amulet series with my nephew and I saw we had these Explorer collections, as well. They're like the Flight collections only for the 8-12-year-old group. I figured I'd give 'em a go.

This one is my favorite.

Asteria Crane by Kazu Kibuishi is darker and deeper than I'd expected for one of these collections. It's about a doctor trying to help a boy out of his nightmares by going in after him.

The Giant's Kitchen by Jason Caffoe is a fun bit of twist on the typical adventur
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it

3.5 Stars

Explorer: The Hidden Doors is a collection of short stories filled with fun, friendship and adventure. A book that reminded me of a door in my life.

I’ve lived in old, bats-in-the-attic, New England houses pretty much my whole life. Houses alive with history and ghosts in every creak and crack. As a kid, my room had two doors. One to move in & out of and one to…how do I explain this? Once upon a time, my bedroom had another room off of it, but was torn down for some reason or anothe
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
The three first stories were the best, overall very cute and I loved the art for all the stories!
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This comic was pretty good, if you enjoy reading short stories, I HIGLY recommend this book to you.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Asteria Crane by Kazu Kibuishi
4 Stars
The Giants Kitchen by Jason Caffoe
4 Stars
Luis 2.0 by Jen Wang
4 Stars
Two-Person Door by Faith Erin Hicks
3.5 Stars
Fish N Chips in Spring Cleaning by Steve Hamaker
3 Stars
Mastaba by Johane Matte
2 Stars
When is a Door Not a Door? by Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate
2.5 Stars
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
This book was really good, but i must say out of all 3 books so far, i find the first book as the best. my favourite story in the hidden doors is luis 2.0 by jen wang cuz its really inspiring and talks about just being yourself and knowing that there is other people too who feel embarrassed sometimes or just lonely. my least favourite was mastaba by Johane matte cuz it didnt make much sense to me and i didnt like the graphics that much.

the explorer series are becoming one of my favourites
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Asteria Crane: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Giant’s Kitchen: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Luis 2.0: ⭐⭐⭐
Two-Person Door: ⭐⭐⭐
Fish N Chips in Spring Cleaning: ⭐⭐
Mastaba: ⭐
When Is A Door Not A Door:⭐⭐⭐
Loretta Marchize
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
These books are so enjoyable, with different stories and art styles.
I especially liked the first and last little stories.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Self Purchase, paperback
4 Stars, buy it
Overall very cute and fun. I pretty much love all of collected edition books by Kazu Kibuishi. I think this one is a bit short and maybe not quite as good as some of the other collections but I still enjoyed this a lot and don’t regret purchasing it for my collection. Recommend for all ages.
Asteria Crane- This is the story of a kid trapped in a nightmare and a doctor, Asteria Crane goes in via some medical contraption to save him. This one is by the edi
Austin Phadoungsyavong
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like this book but look like full story just like fairly tales other about this book and I know was good story and different story from kind of idea or art.
The first book in this series is so excellent (Explorer: The Mystery Boxes), but the subsequent books have been very lackluster. Jen Wang's contribution was lovely (duh) and was really the only one that was visually different. I mean, it makes sense that Jason Caffoe's work looks like Kazu Kibuishi's because he's worked as his colorist for ages. So maybe don't put those two right next to each other? The bulk of these stories suffer from every-story-has-a-Lesson-itis and completely lacks subtlety ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nicola by: cybils
This is my first "Explorer" and I'll have to go back and read the first two as I fair enjoyed this. Now I'd only read a couple of the author/illustrators before but both Kibuishi and Canadian Faith Erin Hicks are favourites of mine. Anthologies are best when they have a solid theme and this one's "Hidden Doors" is an intriguing one. Each story does have a physical door in it, but the differences end there. Each story took the theme in a unique direction; Kazu Kibuishi's offering was my favourite ...more
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
Dec 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I like this series. My favorite in this volume is "Two Person Door."
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-books
This book is hard to explain because there are all these little stories in it at once. I enjoyed it.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Hidden Doors (Explorer #3) is a series of short stories all with a theme about doors, for example, the doors to ones mind, the door to another world, the door to self image and realization, a door to an ancient crypt, or any door that leads to something out of the ordinary. Each story is told and illustrated by a different author. If you are a fan of Kazu Kibuishi and Jason Caffoe from the Amulet series then you will be thoroughly pleased with any of the books in the Explorer series includin ...more
Becky B
Once again, it's a graphic novel short story collection edited by Kibuishi. (Do you hear the students cheering in the background? They really like Kibuishi.) And though most of his graphic novel collections are quite the mixed bag, this one actually was more even in target audience and content than any other I've read that's been edited by him. And I view that as a good thing. It's much easier to say this one has an intended kid audience, unlike some of the other story collections which will hav ...more
Ada Yang
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it
The Hidden doors was a mix of short stories, I would recommend it for Young teens because I don't think the message of each story are for young adults or older.
-In Asteria Crane, I felt that this whole plot was pretty confusing, I don't seem to find what's the ending about this lesson in it, but the idea of the plot still interests me.
-In The Giants Kitchen, it was the greatest of all the other short stories, the plot really fits with the message inside. It has a strong message and I would say i
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the other Explorer books, the content is made for younger readers (vs. the old Flight books) so some of the stories lack depth. Regardless, the art is great. I liked Kibuishi's Asteria Crane and wish it was a movie or longer story. The Giant's Kitchen, Luis 2.0, and Two-Person Door were nice little life lessons about being yourself. I never really love Fish N Chips stories, but the art is fun so I'll give it a pass. Mastaba and When is a Door Not a Door? were really nice additions. Beautifu ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A collection of short graphic novel stories that all have doors as a theme - doors that are either taken or not taken. Each is thoughtful and fun in its own way, and each comic - though very different - is beautifully drawn. My favorite is the one about the boy who needs to find a girl to go through the door to adventure, because it is a "door for two." Will be popular with grades 3 and up anywhere that other books by or edited by Kibuishi are popular - which is just about any elementary or midd ...more
Jackie Ostrowicki
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: eva-and-me
Fun graphic novel to read together with young readers. The author of "Amulet" curates a series of short stories by other graphic novelists. The range of illustration quality is wide, as are the stories. Kibuishi's stories are always deeper than the surface ("Asteria Crane" in this book); other favorites were "Two-Person Door" and "The Giant's Kitchen."

Enjoyable way to explore themed stories and meet new graphic novelists.
I grabbed this to be a quick bedtime read, and that is exactly what it worked out to be.

Kazu Kibuishi's name is what snagged my attention. Both of my daughters love his Amulet series. I wanted to check his work with less of a time commitment.

Each of these stories is very different. Two Person Door and Luis 2.0 are the ones I can see sticking with me.

I hope to look for the other Explorer anthologies so I can keep up with the current artists and writers creating for the younger readers.
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
this book was very fun to read i really did enjoy reading this. its all different short stories but has sort of has it talking about self love,friendship,trust, ect. but it all combines together. i like the illustrations that went along each of the short stories. it has a different way of telling and showing the situation to show the message. but overall its mostly about door where it symbolizes the passage to ones mind
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 3rd book in this series of short illustrated stories is just as wonderful as the other two. I already knew I enjoyed the works of Faith Erin Hicks, but there are a couple of others I'm going to be looking into as well. Suitable for young adults, and just as enjoyable to adults.
Daniel Leon
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was pretty good. The book has 5 story and they all include a door the first story start in a world of doors and a Doctor has to save a kid named Kevin and i think he is stuck in a world of hurtful things and the Doctor and his team save Kevin and that was the end of the first story the second story is about a girl and a giant.
Sarah J
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Possibly the best, but sadly the last of the Explorer series, this final installment deals with doors. Some deal with traumatic events, such as a sci-fi look at entering a hurt child's mind, while one is a lighthearted yarn about a little explorer and her new friend outwitting some ogres. The best is a humorous comic about an ancient dead pharaoh's spirit getting the best of tomb raiders.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Explore the Hidden Doors was excellent! And each individual story felt like it could be it’s own graphic novel! It’s amazing to see what can happen when a whole bunch of writers come together on a book like this! For me it took a while with each new story for my eyes to adjust to each new style of art, but it was exquisite nonetheless!
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall I had more in this volume that I liked. It might be tied with the box themed anthology. Personal favorites: Asteria Crane (I would watch a movie based on this), The Giant’s Kitchen, Luis 2.0 (loved the art), Mastaba, and When is a Door Not a Door
Tiffany Lynn Kramer
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This volume is worth checking out simply for the final tale. I'm definitely interested in checking out more from both Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate.
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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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