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Review: Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6) – Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6) – Kazu Kibuishi

Escape from Lucien (Amulet, #6)

Title: Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Turtleback Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 224

Source: Public Library

A worthy mission…or a trap?

Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King’s loyal followers, where she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

3 out of 5 stars

Emily goes into the Void with Trellis in order to try and save Max from destroying himself and his different memories. They enter the Void with Max, and end up leaving him there. Meanwhile, Navin is fighting against the dark shadows that are consuming the minds of the people in Lucien, the underground city. He has to escape with the aid of his friends and his robots.

Again, because this is a children’s graphic novel there isn’t much to the story. I remember reading the first one when I was a kid and loving it because it was the first graphic novel I had ever read. My younger brother and I read it together and we thought it was the coolest thing. I definitely think that a younger audience would appreciate this much more.

I love the friendships in this book. Because it was written for children there is no romance which is quite refreshing. I love that you get strong friendships because they’re always so nice to read. I am excited to see where Trellis ends up being the new Elf King, and how the new girl of the story ties into the next one.

I know it’s just because my favorite color is blue, but the art that is all in different shades of blue makes me so happy. I love the simplistic art style, and I love that the artist and author weren’t afraid to leave strips of just art without having a narration. I think it added to the story quite nicely.


The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

Review: Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends – Shel Silverstein

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Title: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Author: Shel Silverstein

Release Date: November 2002

Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 176

Source: TBR Shelf

Where the Sidewalk Ends turns forty! Celebrate with this anniversary edition that features an eye-catching commemorative red sticker. This classic poetry collection, which is both outrageously funny and profound, has been the most beloved of Shel Silverstein’s poetry books for generations.

Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein’s world begins. There you’ll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein’s masterful collection of poems and drawings is one of Parent & Child magazine’s 100 Greatest Books for Kids. School Library Journal said, “Silverstein has an excellent sense of rhythm and rhyme and a good ear for alliteration and assonance that make these poems a pleasure to read aloud.”

Shel Silverstein’s incomparable career as a children’s book author and illustrator began with Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. In 1964, Shel’s creativity continued to flourish as four more books were published in the same year—Don’t Bump the Glump!, A Giraffe and a Half, Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?, and the beloved classic The Giving Tree. Later he continued to build his remarkable body of work with Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up, Every Thing On It, The Missing Piece, The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, and Runny Babbit.

2 out of 5 stars

This does not have any of the magic I remember it having when I was younger. I used to love Shel Silverstein’s books and poems because they were cute and funny, but I was very disappointed. I didn’t really see one poem that I liked from this book. I’m positive because I outgrew it, but it is very strange because I have so many fond memories of his books from when I was younger.

I don’t think that I will read any more of Silverstein’s books. Runny Babbit was my favorite poem/book, so maybe I’ll consider that one again.

I gave this two stars because I think it is a readable book. I didn’t hate it, but I was VERY underwhelmed. A lot of the poems didn’t even make any sense and didn’t rhyme like his usually do. I don’t know. I didn’t want to stop reading it, but I wasn’t overly thrilled to keep reading.