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 Explorer: the lost islands

 Editor: Kibuishi, Kazu

 Publisher:  Amulet Books
 Pub Year: 2013

 Dewey: 741.5
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 126 p., col. ill., 23 cm.

 BTSB No: 318835 ISBN: 9781419708817
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Graphic novels
 Short stories

Price: $15.79

A graphic novel collection of stories by various artists centered around mysterious lost islands.

Explorer (Amulet Books)

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 161845
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 61694

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (09/15/13)
   School Library Journal (11/01/13)
   Booklist (11/15/13)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (12/13)
 The Hornbook (00/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2013 Gr 4 Up—Carrying on the spirit of the much-loved "Flight" anthologies, Kibuishi continues his vision in this graphic novel that's filled with imaginative and kid-friendly stories. The book's variety is its greatest strength, creating mass appeal for a wide audience through an excellent mix of art styles, tones, and themes. Jake Parker starts off with a clever and retro-looking story about an island of lazy bunnies that forget the meaning of hard work. Chrystin Garland expertly takes the island motif in a complete different direction with a curious girl who must escape from an island of ghosts. Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier's "Desert Island Playlist" does not disappoint with its thought-provoking story about a girl trying to find herself, although it may be Michel Gagné who steals the show with a visually stunning tale about a school of fish fleeing an erupting underwater volcano. Ending on Kibuishi's own cautionary tale about a power-driven sea captain, Lost Islands is a great sequel to The Mystery Boxes (Abrams, 2012) that is masterfully told and beautifully drawn. A must-have for any collection.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, W - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 11/15/2013 Best known for his celebrated series Flight and Amulet, award-winning comics creator and editor Kibuishi presents the second volume of his comics anthology geared toward middle-school readers, after Explorer: The Mystery Boxes (2012). This collection features seven minicomics written or drawn by comics luminaries, such as Raina Telgemeier (Drama, 2012), Dave Roman, Michel Gagné, and Kibuishi himself. Each fun and fantastical story centers on the theme of islands, both in a physical and philosophical sense. Kate Shanahan and Dave Shanahan’s “Radio Adrift” tells the story of a radio DJ who wants to travel, so he takes his station with him. Roman and Telgemeier’s “Desert Island Playlist,” meanwhile, finds a lonely girl—who already felt alienated from her friends and family—on a probably metaphorical desert island, where she discovers convenient company after some tidy self-reflection. Though not as inventive as its debut volume, this sophomore effort’s solid artwork, dialogue, and stories will still be a great introductory title for young or struggling middle-school readers starting to explore the world of graphic novels. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

Bulletin for the Center... - 12/01/2013 This companion title to Explorer: The Mystery Boxes (BCCB 6/12) brings back several contributors and introduces a few new artists, who collectively focus on short graphic stories with an island setting. The first three entries are the strongest: Jake Parker offers a charming parable of a village of bunnies who discover that robot assistance is good, but participation in island life is even better. Chrystin Garland contributes a visually stunning morality tale on a girl’s terrifying brush with death at an island carnival, while Jason Caffoe’s tale is a mini adventure in which a castaway boy finds an unusual way to help the ghost and exoskeleton of a giant crab return to the sea. The remaining four stories, which range from standard teen rebellion woes to the efforts of a drifting radio station deejay to hatch a pixie egg, are less involving, unfortunately, and they suffer from flat, fizzled endings or heavy-duty moralism. Variety of style is the real draw of Kibuishi’s graphic anthologies, and tweens reluctant to stray from their comic-book favorites will find the gamut of visual presentations eye-opening (Garland’s jewel-toned, Fantasia-esque extravaganza contrasts sharply with Parker’s Golden Book throwback bunnies.) This short-work exploration of the strange may capture the imagination of kids a year or two shy of Shaun Tan’s Tales from Outer Suburbia (BCCB 3/09). EB - Copyright 2013 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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