Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

December 1st, 2014 by

amulet-kazu-kibuishiSubmitted by Owen, Age 10 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Warning! Warning! This review contains a recommendation for the Amulet series. It has a lot of action and if you love graphic novels this is the series for you. Emily, the main character, finds an amulet that has magical powers.

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

November 26th, 2014 by

Submitted by Alexander, Age 10 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

You should read this book. It is full of action and suspense. This graphic novel has snails, robots, elves and humans. It is like no other. The main characters, Emily and Nate, are trying to save their mother from the king of elves.
Can they do it?
This book gets 5 out of 5 starts.

Pictionary with the Professionals

October 14th, 2014 by

Six artists. One sharpie. Many sheets of paper. Get ready for…


Last week, six graphic novelists gathered to play Pictionary at McNally Jackson Bookstore in New York City. The contestants:

  • Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Lunch Lady series, Platypus Police Squad series, Punk Farm series)
  • Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama, Sisters)
  • Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet series, the new Harry Potter book covers)
  • Sara Varon (Robot Dreams, Bake Sale, Odd Duck)
  • Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde series, The Knights of the Lunch Table series)

Left to Right: McNally Jackson Bookstore Bookseller & Pictionary Host, Sara Varon, Raina Telgemeier, and Jarret J. Krosoczka



Left to Right: Kazu Kibuishi, Frank Cammuso

We made sure to attend and get front-row seats so we could report back to our Kidsmomo readers. Okay, technically Nancy got a second-row seat and Karen was in the fifth row, but the space was pretty small, so we still got good views of the action.

The graphic novelists were first split into two teams. At first they guessed for their own teams, and eventually the crowd joined in! The answers were book titles, nouns, or common idioms. Can you guess what they are? (Click on the link below each picture to reveal the answer!)

Jarrett J. Krosoczka | Clue: A phrase

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Pictionary Answer
Curiosity Killed the Cat

Frank Cammuso | Clue: A place

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Pictionary Answer
Easter Island

Sara Varon | Clue: A movie

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Pictionary Answer
Back to the Future

Kazu Kibuishi | Clue: A phrase

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Pictionary Answer
Change for a dollar

Sara Varon | Clue: A thing

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Pictionary Answer
Goldfish (this was surprisingly a stumper for the crowd)

Raina Telgemeier | Clue: A movie

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Pictionary Answer
Muppets Take Manhattan

Jarrett J. Krosoczka | Clue: An event

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Pictionary Answer
New York Marathon

Sara Varon | Clue: A (smelly) thing

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Pictionary Answer
Athlete’s foot

Raina Telgemeier | Clue: A phrase

Pictionary Answer
Out of this world

So, how many did you guess correctly? Leave a comment below and let us know whose drawing you liked the best!

And check out Nancy and Karen in Kidsmomo Pictionary, where Nancy kicks Karen’s butt (in drawing, but not guessing).

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

March 19th, 2014 by

amulet-kazu-kibuishiSubmitted by Adam, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

I just read Amulet 3 the cloud searchers and i really liked it because i like graphic novels and i like all of Kazu Kibushis books. This is a graphic novel where Emily and Gavin go on an adventure with a fox a pilot and his friend along with Emilys mother and the elf prince to try to find Celis a flying city where everyone thinks it was destroyed, but you never know?My favorite part of the book was when it was over because it left me hooked to read the next book.If you like graphic novels and adventure books,then the whole amulet series is a good series for you.

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

January 15th, 2014 by

amulet-kazu-kibuishiSubmitted by JP, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Amulet is a graphic novel by Kazu Kibuishi. This book is a bout a girl named Emily who found an Amulet. Also, she and her brother try to give their mom. From a poison monster. My favorite part is when a giant elf fights a walking house. I recommend this book to anyone who likes action and graphic novels.

Explorer: The Lost Islands – Book Review

October 8th, 2013 by

explorer-lost-islandsQ: What do you get when you take seven comic illustrators/graphic novelists and throw them in the ocean?

A: Explorer: The Lost Islands!

Edited by Kazu Kibuishi, it’s a collection of short stories in comic style, with each story taking place on a fantastical island you won’t find on any map (except in your imagination).

All the artists’ styles are really different from each other, so Explorer: The Lost Islands is a total visual treat. Also perfect for people with short attention spans!

My personal favorite stories are: “Carapace” by Jason Cafoe, “The Mask Dance” by Chrystin Garland, and “Radio Adrift” by Katie Shanahan and Steven Shanahan.


Photo from artist Katie Shanahan’s website

“Carapace” follows the adventures of a boy who wakes up on a strange island and befriends the ghost spirit of a ginormous crab that died and can’t find peace. (It’s much funnier and more light-hearted than it sounds.) “The Mask Dance” is about an exotic carnival that turns spooky. And “Radio Adrift” is about a mage in training who discovers that a radio DJ is the key to hatching her magical egg.

explorer-mystery-boxesBtw, did you know that editor Kazu Kibuishi did all the illustrations for the new Harry Potter book covers that just came out? So he knows what he’s doing!

If you ended up on a desert island, what would you bring with you? And what would you want the island to be like? Leave a comment and let me know!

And if you like  Explorer: The Lost Islands, also check out Explorer: The Mystery Boxes!

— Karen

Karen would bring a personal sushi chef to a desert island. And some good books, of course!

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Review copy provided by the publisher.

Amulet by Kazu Kibushi

March 21st, 2013 by

amulet-kazu-kibuishiSubmitted by Ryan, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Do you like a book that is mysterious? Then you might want to read Amulet by Kazu Kibushi.

In this book there is a girl named Emily and her dad was driving Emily to go pick up her brother Navin but, her dad drove off a cliff in their car. Emily and her mom survived and they moved to a new house with Navin. They found out Emily’s uncle had a magic amulet that Emily took and tried to use the amulet. Once she tried the amulet a couple of times Emily heard a noise down in the cellar. On her way down, she saw a monster attacking and running away with Emily’s mother. Will they get Emily’s mother back from the monster?
I recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery books, graphic novels, and fantasy books.

Kidsmomo Podcast #46: “ROFL, LOL, :-D”

April 19th, 2011 by

Snicker. Giggle. Guffaw. Snort.

We did a lot of that during our latest podcast, all about haha-hilarious books. Well, more accurately, Karen did a lot of that, while Nancy chuckled softly to herself. Apparently, Karen is an absurdly loud laugher — just listen for yourself…

    Listen now: 

    Download the MP3 (4.8 MB)

  • March April of the Penguins — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our funny book picks (Alvin Ho series and A Whole Nother Story)
  • A book review from YOU (Copper)
  • Our favorite jokes — also the segment in which we discover we don’t exactly have futures as comedians…

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is poetry and verse, in honor of April being National Poetry Month! So send us a review of your favorite poetry book and check out these pleasing poetry books for April or anytime!

— Karen and Nancy

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Copper by Kazu Kibuishi

April 12th, 2011 by

Submitted by Dante, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★½

I like this book because copper always likes to go on adventures and i love adventures and wonder about things. At the begining of the book he finds a big robot and searches around i would do that.
I hoope the auther comes out with a sequel.

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

December 23rd, 2010 by

Submitted by Timothy, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Amulet was an awesome book because it had a lot of action and it had a lot of climax. I also love this book because it is in a series and I love series.

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