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The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series #1)

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7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

When their father dies, Emily and Navin must move with their mot

When their father dies, Emily and Navin must move with their mother to a run-down house in the middle of nowhere - an inheritance from a great uncle they've never met. On their first night in the disturbing old house, their mother is  kidnapped by a gigantic squid-thing...
When their father dies, Emily and Navin must move with their mother to a run-down house in the middle of nowhere - an inheritance from a great uncle they've never met. On their first night in the disturbing old house, their mother is  kidnapped by a gigantic squid-thing and the kids must rescue her with the help of a talking amulet that they've found in a dusty room. 




I read this because my nephew really loved it, and he's a very reluctant reader. I can see why he liked it - there's lots of pretty pictures and very few words. It's a book appropriate for middle-graders both in vocabulary and in plot. It was a cute, fast read, and I'm sure I'll read the rest in the series. However, it's not a book that would appeal to me for any other reason than bonding with my nephew. The premise and plot are simply too unsophisticated to be of much interest to most older kids or adults. On the other hand, the book seems to be VERY popular with the younger crowd, and I highly recommend The Stonekeeper for reluctant readers. 

posted by Patito_de_Hule on April 24, 2013

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9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Lopsided storytelling: Amazing artwork, not so interesting story

I have to say that the artwork in The Stonekeeper is absolutely breathtaking.

However, from a storytelling perspective, the timing and pace feels weird (from car crash to weird house invested with monsters within pages of each other) and themes that make the series ...
I have to say that the artwork in The Stonekeeper is absolutely breathtaking.

However, from a storytelling perspective, the timing and pace feels weird (from car crash to weird house invested with monsters within pages of each other) and themes that make the series feel like a weird mish-mash of Lord of the Rings (complete with Gollum, exact likeness but with another name) and Hayao Miyazaki animation films.

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the author gives the reader a chance to get an idea of what each character's unique personality's are like before they are abruptly thrown into a series of problems, some just plain weird. Again, from a narrative perspective, I lost interest really fast and I found myself not really caring at all about the characters or what was going to happen to them.

However, that said, I DID find myself turning the next page just to admire the artistry and breathtaking illustration. There were a few times where I stopped and stared in awe of some of the scenery, which does a fabulous job of setting the mood. Adding in sound effects would have made the world more believable, but still the coloring and painting do a good job on its own.

I think if The Stonekeeper had fixed some of the narrative problems and added more detail in areas like character development and timing, I would have been completely enthralled.

posted by NiciGrigg on September 4, 2011

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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    When their father dies, Emily and Navin must move with their mot

    When their father dies, Emily and Navin must move with their mother to a run-down house in the middle of nowhere - an inheritance from a great uncle they've never met. On their first night in the disturbing old house, their mother is  kidnapped by a gigantic squid-thing and the kids must rescue her with the help of a talking amulet that they've found in a dusty room. 




    I read this because my nephew really loved it, and he's a very reluctant reader. I can see why he liked it - there's lots of pretty pictures and very few words. It's a book appropriate for middle-graders both in vocabulary and in plot. It was a cute, fast read, and I'm sure I'll read the rest in the series. However, it's not a book that would appeal to me for any other reason than bonding with my nephew. The premise and plot are simply too unsophisticated to be of much interest to most older kids or adults. On the other hand, the book seems to be VERY popular with the younger crowd, and I highly recommend The Stonekeeper for reluctant readers. 

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2008

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    this book was fantastic the story line is great and those drawing oh, they were so beautiful please read this book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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