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Explorer : the hidden doors : seven graphic stories
Kibuishi, Kazu, 1978- , editor, artist.
Publication Information:
New York : Amulet Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
109 pages, 18 unnumbered pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
"A bullied boy discovers a door guarded by a sly monster . . . A painting of a door opens in a forgotten Egyptian tomb . . . A portal in the park promises to turn you into a much cooler version 2.0--if you can just get the bugs out"--From publisher's web site.
General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.
Asteria Crane / Giant's kitchen / Luis 2.0 / Two-person door / Fish n chips in spring cleaning / Mastaba / When is door not a door? / About the creators.
Reading Level:
Middle School
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 2.5 1.0 170959.


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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.

Author Notes

Kazu Kibuishi is the founder of the Flight Anthologies comic series and writer of "The Last Train", winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adult Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The third Explorer anthology isn't as strong as its predecessors, though that likely won't matter to Kibuishi's rabid fans. A few of the stories have a didactic message, from Believe in yourself to Appreciate others, and although they're empowering, it can detract from the overall fun atmosphere. The last three stories Steve Hamaker's rollicking Fish n Chips ; Johane Matte's inventive Egyptian-grave-robbing story, Mastaba ; and Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate's pun-tastic fantasy-action tale When Is a Door Not a Door? end the collection on a high note, with solid plots and gorgeous artwork. Expect followers of the popular series to snatch it up.--Wildsmith, Snow Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Readers are once again presented with an array of stories created by a cast of comics authors and illustrators smartly assembled by Kibuishi. With a balance of styles, sensibilities, and palettes, the work showcases seven unique approaches to the central theme of finding a hidden door. Most of the entries hinge on a kid facing an emotional or physical peril. In "Asteria Crane," Kibuishi delivers a cinematic tale of experimental dream therapy that could easily be at home as a sci-fi film. In "Luis 2.0," Jen Wang shares a sweet vignette about wanting to become someone else, only to find it's better being one's authentic self after all. The range in this slim volume is expansive. From funny to deep and fantastical to refined, all of the stories have a compelling narrative arc. The colors are just as varied, and are universally dynamic and nuanced. Consider this (and previous series installments) as a necessary addition to any graphic novel collection.-Jenna Lanterman, formerly at The Calhoun School and Mary McDowell Friends School, New York City (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.