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Book Review: Explorer The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi


Explorer The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi

About the Book: The highly anticipated second volume to the critically acclaimed Explorer series, The Lost Islands is a collection of seven all-new stories written and illustrated by an award-winning roster of comics artists, with each story centered around the theme of hidden places. Edited by the New York Times bestselling comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, this graphic anthology includes well-written, beautifully illustrated stories by Kazu (the Amulet series), Jason Caffoe (the Flight series), Raina Telgemeier (Drama and Smile), Dave Roman (the Astronaut Academy series), Jake Parker (the Missile Mouse series), Michel Gagné (The Saga of Rex), Katie and Steven Shanahan (the Flight series), and up-and-coming new artist Chrystin Garland.


Authors: Edited by Kazu Kibuishi

Imprint: Amulet Books

ISBN: 1-4197-0881-3

EAN: 9781419708817

Page Count: 128

Cover: Hardcover

Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout


About the Author: Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of Amulet, the award-winning New York Times bestselling graphic novel series, and the editor and art director of eight volumes of Flight, the influential Eisner-nominated anthology series. He lives in Alhambra, California.


My Review: Explorer The Lost Islands is a collection of seven graphic short stories.

The Rabbit Island by Jake Parker, an island inhabited by rabbits where every rabbit has a job to do until one rabbit decided to build a robot that did all the work until it catch on fire.

The Mask Dance by Chrystin Garland, about a little girl who disordered her father and decided to follow a stranger to the festival.

Carapace by Jason Caffoe is a short story about a boy who woke up on an island looking for food to eat when he came across the exoskeleton of a crab and the crab’s ghost who showed him how to find food.

DesertIsland Playist by Dave Roman and Raina Telegemeier was by far the best story.  The story is about a young girl who found herself on a deserted island (so she thinks) with only a backpack with a few keepsakes and scattered memories.

I found all seven stories interesting but short and I expected more. The illustrations are beautiful and different in style. The colors are vibrant and bold with help to tell the stories.


FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from Abrams  in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.



November 3, 2013 - Posted by | Book Review | , , , ,

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