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05 Sep, 2014

Our favourite graphic novel

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy

We’re big fans of the Amulet series here at Casa Fishbowl, and were THRILLED to discover that the latest one (number 6!) is out.

If you’re looking for something new to capture the interest of a reluctant reader or to inspire a young artist/writer/designer THIS IS IT.  Even if you’re neither of those things, it’s a very fun read.

Amulet 6 is out!

The artwork is gorgeous and the storyline keeps you turning the pages. The author, Kazu Kibuishi, has a great little website right here. I’m thinking of buying one of his prints. They’re simply gorgeous.

5 Responses to "Our favourite graphic novel"

1 | Lynn

September 5th, 2014 at 1:55 pm


I was just at Chapters about a half hour ago, looking for graphic novels for my turning-10 daughter, and checked out this series on your recommendation. I ended up not getting it because the graphics in book 1 – near the end – featured some scary looking monsters, and she’s really super sensitive to that sort of thing. How scary do you think the series is as a whole? How young was your youngest when she first read them?

2 | andrea tomkins

September 5th, 2014 at 2:29 pm


I’ll have to dig up the first one and check out the monsters now, because I can’t remember! I am pretty sure Emma was 9 or 10 when we started reading this series. Every kid is different, but given the highly stylized/cartoony nature of the drawings my kids have been ok about accepting the scary quotient. :)

3 | TD

September 5th, 2014 at 2:43 pm


My son started reading the series when he was 8 or 9 (end of grade 3 I think) (he is 10.5 now). He rereads them regularly.

The scariness does not bug him in book format. Movies and TV affect him more.

Book 6 arrived in the mail today, so he will be thrilled when he gets home from school tonight.

4 | Stefania

September 29th, 2014 at 10:07 am


My seven year old (she turns eight in January) read the first book last week. Over the weekend we picked up a few more in the series. She’s a great reader, but she doesn’t enjoy chapter books. She’s getting a bit too old for the storybooks (needs more of a challenge) so I picked up this book hoping she would enjoy it because of the storyline and the art. Thankfully she did! Thank you for the recommendation. She’s hooked.

5 | andrea tomkins

September 29th, 2014 at 10:28 am


Hey! I’m so glad to hear that it worked out for your family Stefania!

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