HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Explorer 2: The Lost Islands
Editor and Cover Illustrator: Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1419708817 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1419708813 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-1419708831 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 141970883X (Paperback)
Related website: http://boltcity.com (editor), http://www.abramsbooks.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Rating: **** 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Kibuishi, Kazu, editor. Explorer 2: The Lost Islands (published in 2013 by Amulet Books, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams Inc., 115 W. 18th St., New York City, NY 10011). This is a “graphic book,” a collection of seven all-new comic-book style stories written and illustrated by an award-winning roster of comics artists and edited by comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, with each story centered around the theme of places on hidden islands. I normally don’t do graphic books, but this one was sent to me by the publisher for review, so I read through it. I am not a big fan of this media, but I must admit that, while a few of them are a little bizarre, most of the stories are fairly good and, in fact, make some beneficial points. There is really nothing objectionable. I will leave any evaluation of the artwork for others who are more into Japanese-style illustrations.
The seven stories are “Rabbit Island” by Jake Parker; “The Mask Dance” by Chrystin Garlan; “Carapace” by Jason Caffoe; “Desert Island Playist” by Dave Roman and Raina Telegemeier; “Loah” by Michel Gagné; “Radio Adrift” by Katie and Steven Shanahan; and “The Fishermen” by Kibuishi, who is also 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, another series of comics anthologies about the general concept of “flight,” whether literal flight, flights of fancy, or whatever. The Lost Islands is No. 2 in the “Explorer” series; the first volume was entitled The Mystery Boxes.