Friday, February 10, 2012

Explorer- The Mystery Boxes Review

The Mystery Boxes
Edited by Kazu Kibuishi

Seven short stories, all linked by having a mystery box in each story. I was excited about this book at first because it is in comic layout. I have a couple reluctant readers who will read comics. Having 7 shorter stories within one book was appealing as well, less time having to be spent by the reluctant reader to get to the 'juicy' part.
There were a couple of the stories in this anthology that were space related and were the most engaging. I did not care for the horror style comic, or the ones where there was death and violence. 
The theme of a magical box, treasures, aliens all are fantastic themes for reluctant readers and the illustrations were well done. My 13 year old did not get several of the stories and they were a bit more mature than I felt the book was geared toward. It did keep his interest though and he was able to read the entire book in one sitting, which is a lot for him!

I received a copy of this book from Abrams in exchange for an honest review. 

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