Review: ‘Explorer’ Series Edited By Kazu Kibuishi

‘Explorer’ Book 1: The Mystery Boxes

Edited By Kazu Kibuishi

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‘Explorer 2: The Lost Island’

Edited By Kazu Kibuishi

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‘Explorer 3: The Hidden Doors’

Edited By Kazu Kibuishi

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‘Explorer 1: The Mystery Boxes’ Edited By Kazu Kibuishi

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes is an exciting anthology of short graphic works by established artists and innovative newcomers in the comic and animation fields, who have each created a unique story on a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvels, or mayhem, inside. Collected and edited by Kazu Kibuishi these well-written, beautifully illustrated stories reflect a range of styles from the humorous to the fantastic. 

‘Explorer 2: The Lost Islands’ Edited By Kazu Kibuishi

Explorer, the exciting graphic anthology series which launched in Spring 2012 with The Mystery Boxes, continues with an incredible roster of comics artists who create amazing new stories around the theme of hidden places in volume two of the series, The Lost Islands. Edited by the New York Times bestselling comics creator, Kazu Kibuishi, this new collection includes well-written, beautifully illustrated stories by Kazu (Amulet), Jason Caffoe (Flight), Raina Telgemeier (Drama and Smile), Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy), Jake Parker (Missile Mouse), Michel Gagne (The Saga of Rex), Katie and Steven Shanahan (Flight), and up-and-coming new artist, Chrystin Garland. Explorer: The Lost Islands is bound to generate the same kind of reviewer and bookseller enthusiasm as the first volume did. 

‘Explorer 3: The Hidden Doors’ Edited By Kazu Kibuishi

Explorer, the graphic novel anthology series that launched in Spring 2012 with The Mystery Boxes and continued with The Lost Islands (autumn 2013), returns with a roster of comics artists creating new fantasy and science fiction stories around the theme of hidden doors both real doors and imaginary. Edited by New York Times bestselling comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, this latest collection includes clever and beautifully illustrated stories by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Jason Caffoe (Flight), Amy Kim Kibuishi (Flight anthologies), Johane Matte (Explorer: The Mystery Boxes), Jen Wang (Koko Be Good), Steve Hamaker (well known as the colorist for Jeff Smith’s Bone) and Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys). The Hidden Doors is sure to receive the same critical attention and bookseller enthusiasm as its predecessors. 

I loved this series. It was a short quick read. Each graphic novel contain short stories that pertain to a theme, so in the mystery box each short comic incorporates that some how.

This is a great series of graphic novels for middle grade readers! I really wanted to give them a go to see if they’d be a good fit for my new year 3 kiddos and I was not disappointed. Each short comic is contains new characters, different art work and a completely different story. This fits in well with how our readers workshop runs and gives the girls a chance to reflect on each individual story and what they author and illustrator are trying to get across to its readers.

I feel that these texts would be great for slightly weaker readers allowing them to use the images to give them clues as to what the dialect is telling the reader.

The art style of each comic is unique and really helps to tell that individual story.

Plot: 8/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 4/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing:  6/10
Stars:  4.5/5

Would love some more graphic novel suggestions! Are there any you recommend?

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