The Mystery Boxes : Seven Graphic Stories

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
An anthology of short graphic works by such artists as Kazu Kibuishi, Dave Roman, and Raina Telgemeier, all on the theme of a mysterious box and the marvels, or mayhem, inside.

Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781419700101
Branch Call Number: J GRAPHIC GN FIC E
Characteristics: 126 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kibuishi, Kazu 1978-
Carroll, Emily


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Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and Kazu Kibuishi are just a few of the contributers to this collection of disparate tales featuring mystical boxes that hold gateways into the unknown. My personal favorite out of the bunch is a story smack dab in the middle called "The Keeper Treasure" by... Read More »

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Dec 30, 2014

i loved it!!!

Oct 17, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I am not a graphic novel reader. I ordered this book because I liked the cover and thought it was a junior novel. My son is a graphic novel reader so we both read it and this is our combined review.

I like anthologies because it gives you a way to read new authors without having to read or buy an entire book by them. This book has 7 different stories by 7 different authors all linked by the theme of the Mystery Box. It is interesting to see how each author interprets this theme. I enjoyed the many different style of the authors. The best stories were:
Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll
A girl finds a wax doll in a box under the floor boards. The doll helps her with her chores, but soon becomes jealous of the praise the little girl gets for doing better work and becomes a menace...
The Keeper's Treasure by Jason Caffoe
A young man sets out on a journey to find hidden treasure. He meets up with the Keeper of the treasure who leads him to the treasure box. But is what is inside the true treasure?
Whatzit by Johane Matte
Deet must inventory boxes for a Grand Exhibition. But his coworkers decide to play a trick on him and put an unknown box in the mix. Chaos erupts. But Deet gets his own back in the end...

I enjoyed the illustrations of most of these stories. This book has very good color quality. Even though this is not my usual genre, I had a few laughs and enjoyed the stories. The book is advertized for age 9 and up which I found to be age appropriate.

Jan 31, 2014
  • oliveTheArtist rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

@ smcole03,
i agree.

i really like kazu kibuishi's books.
they are my fave.
also i read all the amulet books
really enjoyed it
its about a girl named emma
her dad dies in a car accident even though she and her mom and brother survive
when they get to their new home
it's very big and mysterious
she gets sucked into their basement by this creepy monster with her mom and bro
they find out it's actually another mystical world
she finds an amulet along the way
but she can't let it start 2 control her or it's all over and she'll turn into a creepy corpse
will she save the kingdom or will darkness rise over

Nov 21, 2013

I don't get it.

Mar 29, 2013

you guys should try kazu kibuishi's amulet series i read all available in the world and it is great

Feb 23, 2013

Kazu Kibuishi edits and contributes one evocative, open-ended story to this Amulet-related anthology. Explorer: The Mystery Boxes features 7 tales in a wide range of art and storytelling styles. Great intro to new authors and artists.

Jan 10, 2013
  • klutzrick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Kazu Kibuishi's follow-up anthology to the award-winning Flight series, Explorer: The Mystery Boxes continues in much the same vein with an eclectic mix of beautiful stories geared toward readers of all ages. While the seven shorts, all centered around mysterious boxes, feature excellent art and superior storytelling, several of the tales excel. The creepy opening contribution "Under the Floorboards" by Emily Carroll, the clever "The Keeper's Treasure" by Jason Caffoe, Rad Sechrist's charming "The Butter Thief," and Kibuishi's foreboding "The Escape Option" showcase some of the best of the form.

Oct 16, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A nice little anthology, readable and entertaining, that showcases some talented people. No more, no less.

Jul 31, 2012
  • Yavril rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Kudos to the various Authors of this book. Seven great stories.


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Jul 31, 2012
  • Yavril rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book contains 7 different stories to do with boxes. The first story is about a girl with a clay doll that is alive. Story number 2 is about a boy who finds a magical box in his closet. The 3rd story is about an adolescent boy who is searching for treasure. The 4th story is about a butter stealing spirit. Story number 5 is about a girl seeking revenge for the death of her father. The 6th story is about aliens! And the 7th and final story is about a teenager named James who needs to help save planet Earth. 7 amazing stories put together in one book.

May 23, 2012
  • kidlit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Different authors create a story all around the idea of "What could be in that box?"


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Oct 17, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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