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The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi
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Jul 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, graphic-novel, juvenile

I found the variety and quality of these seven stories to be great. The artists selected do fine work with a lot of personality. I think I really like having them together in one volume because then you get to see the stylistic differences so clearly, especially since each is so well executed. Some of the stories I liked better than others- while the art in The Soldier's Daughter was sharply dramatic, I found the plot a bit meh and The Keeper's Treasure seemed a bit trite. I loved Spring Cleaning (just good fun), Under the Floor Boards (cute illustrations combined with a really creepy plot makes a pretty stunning piece), the fun action in The Butter Thief, and the beautiful message of The Escape Option. My guess is that this volume will hold something for everyone.

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