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The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi
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Jun 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: children-s-literature

Audience: This book is best suited for older students in 4th, 5th or 6th grade. Those students who still use picture clues for some parts of comprehension would enjoy this book as well. Any child who is a science fiction, mystery or comic book buff would not be able to put the book down.

Appeal: This book contains seven stories. The stories are not related to each other. Each story is approximately 20 pages long, making it a fast read--or for those students who read slower, the book can be a confidence builder, in that they were able to complete a story in one sitting.
The stories have twists and turns, as well as characters that are somewhat unusual. Space creatures and mythical creatures appear in the stories, letting the reader meet new types of characters than they may not be familiar with. The extra appeal for this book is that the reader can pick and choose which story to read. One does not precede or follow another. A final appeal is the phenomenal artwork in the book. Each author/illustrator uses his/her unique talent for drawing the pictures, making it everchanging for the reader.

Award: Great Graphic Novels, Western Comics, grades 3-5, posted April, 2012

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