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Explorer: The Lost Islands

Explorer: The Lost Islands

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Edited by Kazu Kibuishi. Published by Amulet Books. 

Softcover, 128 pages, Colour, 2013. 

STARRED REVIEW *“New graphic tales, diverse of plot and atmosphere . . . First rate.” —Kirkus Reviews
STARRED REVIEW *“Kibuishi affirms his editorial savvy for amassing talented creators . . . funny, thoughtful, and just plain good stories.” —Publishers Weekly
STARRED REVIEW *“A great sequel . . . masterfully told and beautifully drawn.” —School Library Journal

Edited by the New York Times bestselling comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, The Lost Islands offers 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.

This graphic anthology includes well-written, beautifully illustrated stories by:

  • Kibuishi 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 artist Chrystin Garland

All seven author/artists tie their scary or exhilarating nautical adventures to metaphorical underpinnings. Captain Ahab–like obsession with catching the big one leads a sailor into a cave that is really a giant mouth. One young castaway meets a crab ghost. Another meets someone she never expected to see: an older version of herself. A young island girl is lured to join tiki-masked celebrants who turn out to be dead.

Beautifully drawn, each artist works in a different style, but all share humor, suspense, and a buoyant tone. Young readers will be entertained, and maybe a little scared, by this one-of-a-kind, alone-on-an-island tales of mystery and magic.

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