The Mystery Boxes

Book - 2012
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An anthology of short graphic works by such artists as Kazu Kibuishi, Dave Roman, and Raina Telgemeier, all on the theme of a mysterious box and the marvels, or mayhem, inside.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781419700101
Characteristics: 126 p. :, chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 20, 2018

Each Explorer book is a collection of comic short stories on a theme. Any lover of fantasy, magic, action-adventure, or high-quality art in comics should at least borrow these from their library. They'd make especially good gifts for young comics lovers, or kids new to comics, because they can find their own favorites out of the tales in each book. Kibuishi is a master storyteller whose work has emotional depth while remaining very accessible, and he worked with writers and artists with similar skills for these books. Across the stories, there is quite a bit of diversity in characters. I'm also a sucker for gorgeous covers, and these books rock on that aspect. I even love the title font.

Jan 10, 2013

Kazu Kibuishi's follow-up anthology to the award-winning Flight series, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes continues in much the same vein with an eclectic mix of beautiful stories geared toward readers of all ages. While the seven shorts, all centered around mysterious boxes, feature excellent art and superior storytelling, several of the tales excel. The creepy opening contribution "Under the Floorboards" by Emily Carroll, the clever "The Keeper's Treasure" by Jason Caffoe, Rad Sechrist's charming "The Butter Thief," and Kibuishi's foreboding "The Escape Option" showcase some of the best of the form.


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kidlit May 23, 2012

Different authors create a story all around the idea of "What could be in that box?"

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