The Plot In 5 Sentences: After Emily and Navin’s dad perishes in a horrible accident, their mother moves them to a spooky, rural house once owned by their grandfather. The children soon discover his old workshop as well as an amulet that Emily ties around her neck. That night, when a creature kidnaps their mom, the children chase after them and stumble into a strange world. There they learn that the amulet has magical powers and that they have been charged with using it to gain power over this weird place known as Alledia. With this knowledge, Emily and Navin embark on a dangerous adventure to find their mother.
My Take: This is a highly requested item in my library, so I felt compelled to read it. I was not disappointed. The plot is unencumbered and the pace is brisk. Kibuishi’s art is eye catching when necessary, but shorn of detail when the narrative speeds forward. Children will appreciate the fully realized fantasy world and the dangers that lurk there. I think that I’ll be reading the second in the series.
One Interesting Note About the Author: Kibuishi will design the covers for the rerelease of the Harry Potter series.