Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Publication Date: January 1, 2008
Age Group: Middle Grade
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.
This graphic novel was an impulse buy. I was just walking the book stacks when I looked down and saw this. I have been wanting to get into graphic novels and after stalking reviews of this book, I quickly snatched it up. I was looking for a story to capture my attention but what I got was the next six books in the series the next week.
The story follows Emily and her brother Navin on an adventure after their mother is kidnapped by a monster. Taking on the responsibility of claiming power of the stone, Emily life has changed and now she must work together along her great grandfather;s creations to save not only her mother but possibly a person she thought to be lost forever.
I really enjoyed how easy, how fast-paced, how well the pictures were put together. I feel that the words the brought the story but the pictures brought all the emotions. It was so well brought together that I found it hard to take my eyes off the pages afraid I would possibly overlook any detail.
This book is perfect for middle grade readers but do take in mind that it is really dark. It is a book that can take a toll on emotions and show aspects that a novel could bring but does not have the pictures that bring that final punch.
I am excited to continue this series and see where it goes for Emily, Ravin and her new companions. If you are looking for a graphic novel to sink your teeth into, grab this one and also the next one.
I give this book 5 souls!