Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

The Mystery Boxes

Availability: Ready to download

WHAT'S IN THE BOX? Find out in these seven clever stories by eight incredible comics creators! Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll A box, a doll...but it's no ordinary plaything! Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier There really is mystery in the back of a messy closet! The Keeper's Treasure by Jason Caffoe A treasure inside a labyrinth inside a temple wh/>The/>Spring/>Under WHAT'S IN THE BOX? Find out in these seven clever stories by eight incredible comics creators! Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll A box, a doll...but it's no ordinary plaything! Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier There really is mystery in the back of a messy closet! The Keeper's Treasure by Jason Caffoe A treasure inside a labyrinth inside a temple which way to turn now? The Butter Thief by Rad Sechrist There's more than one way to trap a house spirit! The Soldier's Daughter by Stuart Livingston There are mysteries of life and death--and beyond. Whatzit by Johane Matte Oh no, not that box! Watch out, little alien! The Escape Option by Kazu Kibuishi A strange, meteoric box and an otherworldly choice. Open the book! Let the adventure begin!


Compare
Ads Banner

WHAT'S IN THE BOX? Find out in these seven clever stories by eight incredible comics creators! Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll A box, a doll...but it's no ordinary plaything! Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier There really is mystery in the back of a messy closet! The Keeper's Treasure by Jason Caffoe A treasure inside a labyrinth inside a temple wh/>The/>Spring/>Under WHAT'S IN THE BOX? Find out in these seven clever stories by eight incredible comics creators! Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll A box, a doll...but it's no ordinary plaything! Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier There really is mystery in the back of a messy closet! The Keeper's Treasure by Jason Caffoe A treasure inside a labyrinth inside a temple which way to turn now? The Butter Thief by Rad Sechrist There's more than one way to trap a house spirit! The Soldier's Daughter by Stuart Livingston There are mysteries of life and death--and beyond. Whatzit by Johane Matte Oh no, not that box! Watch out, little alien! The Escape Option by Kazu Kibuishi A strange, meteoric box and an otherworldly choice. Open the book! Let the adventure begin!

30 review for The Mystery Boxes

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    Wow! I really enjoyed this. It was my first graphic novel anthology and it was fantastic. I think my favorite stories were Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll and The Keeper's Treasure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    Mehhh the only story I really liked was Emily Carroll's.

  3. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    The initial attraction for this series for most people is that it is edited by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), but the main reason I got it at the library is that Emily Carroll wrote and drew the first story, "Under the Floorboards,"which is by far the best one in the volume, a creepy (but not too terrifying?) nightmare story of a girl who finds a doll in a box who gradually takes over her life, sort of replacing her mother. I'm fast becoming an obsessive Carroll fan-boy completist, so watch out, review The initial attraction for this series for most people is that it is edited by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), but the main reason I got it at the library is that Emily Carroll wrote and drew the first story, "Under the Floorboards,"which is by far the best one in the volume, a creepy (but not too terrifying?) nightmare story of a girl who finds a doll in a box who gradually takes over her life, sort of replacing her mother. I'm fast becoming an obsessive Carroll fan-boy completist, so watch out, reviewer readers. The premise is that all artists are invited to write a story about someone who finds a box with some kind of wonders in it. I am not a fan of any of the other stories but I very much like the art in Rad Sechrist's "The Butter Thief."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Krista Regester

    Under the Floorboards is my absolute favorite from this compilation. I love when short stories are presented around one common theme and this graphic novel depicts that concept well! I'm looking forward to reading the others.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    This collection of short stories is part of a series. I'm excited to see if each new book in the series has a different theme. This book was about strange boxes. I liked 3/5 of the stories. All of the stories had beautiful illustrations. This series is edited by Kazu Kibuishi so I didn't expect anything less. More thoughts to come. I said more thoughts to come, and now I'm able to talk about my thoughts lol. I borrowed this book from the library and had to return it, but be This collection of short stories is part of a series. I'm excited to see if each new book in the series has a different theme. This book was about strange boxes. I liked 3/5 of the stories. All of the stories had beautiful illustrations. This series is edited by Kazu Kibuishi so I didn't expect anything less. More thoughts to come. I said more thoughts to come, and now I'm able to talk about my thoughts lol. I borrowed this book from the library and had to return it, but before I did that I video taped the book and all the story titles. WINNING! I said above that I enjoyed 3/5 of the stories, now I can talk about them. The first story that I really liked was the 'Butter Thief' by Rad Sechrist. It's about a little girl who overhears her grandmother shouting at a box near the butter dish. Her mom tells her basically that grandma is crazy and thinks she has captured a butter thief. The girl is of course curious and looks in the box where this so called butter thief is being held. Shenanigans pursue. Super cute. Loved it. The next story I really enjoyed was 'Spring Cleaning' by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier. It's about a little boy who is supposed to clean up his room and finds this weird box. Once the box is found a bunch of people start popping up at his door wanting to buy the box. It was pretty funny. My favorite story of Explorer was definitely 'Whatzit' by Johane Matte and Saymone Phanekham. This one was bright and fun and strange. It's about an alien department that puts items in boxes. Each box has a picture or shape of what is inside it and our main character is new to the "assembly line" LOL lots of bad stuff happen when he tries to put the right items in the correct boxes. Glad I video taped the book lol. I'm really looking forward to the other two graphic novels in this series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I've been reading Kibuishi's Amulet series with my nephew and I saw we had these Explorer collections, as well. They're like the Flight collections only for the 8-12-year-old group. I figured I'd give 'em a go and recognized several of the artists/storytellers from the Flight books. This one was cute. I liked it just fine. Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll is about a sassypants asshole doll found in a box. Vaguely creepy. Not much dialogue. Clever ending. Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier is about/>Spring I've been reading Kibuishi's Amulet series with my nephew and I saw we had these Explorer collections, as well. They're like the Flight collections only for the 8-12-year-old group. I figured I'd give 'em a go and recognized several of the artists/storytellers from the Flight books. This one was cute. I liked it just fine. Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll is about a sassypants asshole doll found in a box. Vaguely creepy. Not much dialogue. Clever ending. Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier is about a weird puzzle box some kid finds in his closet and tries to sell online. Turns out, it's a pretty fancy object, as we see when the kid visits his eclectic aunt's house. The Keeper's Treasure by Jason Caffoe is about a young explorer who looks for treasure but never really realizes how much more treasure is available in your own backyard. The Butter Thief by Rad Sechrist is about a girl who gets caught up in her grandmother's kitchen-spirit-trapping-in-boxes machinations. This one was my favorite, mostly because of the illustrations. The Soldier's Daughter by Stuart Livingston with Stephanie Ramirez seems like it should be an adaptation of The Highwayman but isn't. I wanted it to be. Rather, it's about a girl whose father was killed in war and she goes to avenge him, calling her stay-behind brother a coward because he won't join her. She meets a stranger with a mysterious box who helps her figure things out. Whatzit by Johane Matte with Saymone Phanekham is cute with a sassy twist at the end. A little guy is promoted by his grandfather and his co-workers suspect nepotism so prank him with a box of mischief. The Escape Option by Kazu Kibuishi is pure Kibuishi. There's some deep meaning crap going on and I'm not a fan but it's nice enough and I'm sure kids will like it. All in all, I was entertained, I liked looking at the pictures, and I doubt I'll remember any of these stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Introduction: I'm making up a pathfinder for good introductory graphic novel titles for older children (6-12 years; I also hope that it could be used as a list of core titles for librarians who might want some guidance) and I've found that it's actually an area in graphic novels I'm not very knowledgeable in. This title caught my eye it was edited by Kazu Kibuishi (of Amulet fame, which I have not read), and I've never read a graphic novel comprised of stand-alone short stories either, so I decided to give it a go Introduction: I'm making up a pathfinder for good introductory graphic novel titles for older children (6-12 years; I also hope that it could be used as a list of core titles for librarians who might want some guidance) and I've found that it's actually an area in graphic novels I'm not very knowledgeable in. This title caught my eye it was edited by Kazu Kibuishi (of Amulet fame, which I have not read), and I've never read a graphic novel comprised of stand-alone short stories either, so I decided to give it a go and see if it would be a good pick for my pathfinder. Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll This was deliciously creepy, but not so scary that it would scare off the intended audience (older children). The story kind of reminded me of a condensed version of Anya's Ghost I love Carroll's artstyle -- imagine Kate Beaton and Noelle Stephenson's artstyles having a love-child. (4/5) Spring Cleaning by David Roman and Raina Telgemeier I wanted to like this one more (I'm a fan of Telgemeier's work), but this one didn't grab me. In terms of tone and art style, it's quite different from the story that came just before it which was slightly jarring, and the narrative felt much more frantically paced and rushed. As always, I enjoyed Telgemeier's signature colourful and expressive art style, but a part of me was anticipating her doing something a little darker. (2.5/5) The Keeper's Treasure by Jason Kafoe This is a nice little fantasy piece that has a good dose of humour. I was a little torn on the art -- the line art for the protag was a little lacking, but the ogre-like character was wonderfully drawn and coloured. The backgrounds were also gorgeous, really bringing this little snapshot of the world to life. I was slightly confused by the "message" of the ending, but it was cute nonetheless. (3.5/5) The Butter Thief by Rob Sechrist Ohmigosh, the art in this story is CRAZY GOOD and beautiful to look at (though I wish there had been a bit more contrast in the colour and values). The story is very cute, though I am not at all familiar with the mythology it was based on (if it even was based on any real-world mythology, I'm not even `00% sure.) (4/5) The Solder's Daughter by Stuart Livingston with Stephanie Ramirez While the art in this was pretty solid, I wasn't so fond of the writing; it had an air of melodrama to it that felt too forced and almost laughable. The message of "WAR IS BAD FOR EVERYONE" is trite and overdone, though it may feel fresh and subversive for younger readers who haven't encountered these kinds of narratives yet. (2.5/5) Whatzit by Joanne Matte with Saymone Phanekham Loved the colourful and exaggerated art-style; it's wonderfully cartoony, clean and very professional. I am not at all surprised she did storyboards for Dreamworks (How to Drain Your Dragon) and Nickolodeon (Avatar: The Last Airbender). The story was super cute, and I loved the idea of everything in the universe being contained in boxes. It was impressive the amount of world-building Matte managed to fit into this short piece and without even really saying anything. (4/5) The Escape Option by Kazu Kibuishi Didn't really feel this one. I liked the art (it reminded me a lot of Kafoe's), but the story felt *too* clipped. Still, what Kibuishi managed to cram into such a short amount was impressive. (3/5) Conclusion: For me, this collection was a little uneven (a risk all anthologies encounter), but I didn't despise any of the stories and I quite enjoyed others. The art was consistently solid, and the content was appropriate for the intended audience (while rarely being pandering or condescending). I'm still debating whether I'm going to include this on my pathfinder, but I think it's a good example of short stories in the graphic novel form.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Selene

    This was my first anthology graphic novel read. I liked seeing the different styles of art between the authors and artists. My favorite ratings are: Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll 5 Stars Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier 4 Stars The Keepers Treasure by Jason Caffoe 5 Stars The Butter Thief by Rad Sechrist 3 Stars The Soldier's Daughter by Stuart Livingston 3.5 Stars Whatzit by Johane Matte 4 Stars The Esca This was my first anthology graphic novel read. I liked seeing the different styles of art between the authors and artists. My favorite ratings are: Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll 5 Stars Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier 4 Stars The Keepers Treasure by Jason Caffoe 5 Stars The Butter Thief by Rad Sechrist 3 Stars The Soldier's Daughter by Stuart Livingston 3.5 Stars Whatzit by Johane Matte 4 Stars The Escape Option by Kazu Kibuishi 3 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    To find all my reviews: http://dancinginth3dark.blogspot.com When it comes to Kazu Kibuishi I have to read everything that he has written because I absolutely love his storytelling and his illustrations. I remember I bought Amulet when it first came out through my school and I had no clue about the book and yet I fell in love with the story. I did not know it was a series at the time and sold it years ago which I regret now but that is a whole different topic. I have always wanted to read this graphic novel but somehow som To find all my reviews: http://dancinginth3dark.blogspot.com When it comes to Kazu Kibuishi I have to read everything that he has written because I absolutely love his storytelling and his illustrations. I remember I bought Amulet when it first came out through my school and I had no clue about the book and yet I fell in love with the story. I did not know it was a series at the time and sold it years ago which I regret now but that is a whole different topic. I have always wanted to read this graphic novel but somehow something would get in my way from getting this book into my hands until now. The library had this book recently and it was on my request list for a very long time but luckily this week it finally arrived and I was able to check it out. I did not know at the time that this was a collection of short stories but I figured that wasn't going to be problem because Kazu Kibuishi produces only the best especially Emily Carroll and countless others. Surprisingly I would say 90% of the writers and illustrators in these short stories I have never heard of their name or any works they have published and thanks to Kazu Kibuishi I desperately want to research their works and consume it asap. The illustrations on every story was phenomenal between the design and the use of colors and I will admit that Jason Caffoe illustrations is extremely similar to Kazu Kibuishi so I can definitely see them working together soon. I believe what made me hooked into this graphic novel is how most of the stories incorporated elements of Supernatural, Sci-Fi, Horror and made it spooky for kids which I was not expecting and since tomorrow is Halloween this book felt perfectly for the occasion. I am not going to give any details about individuals stories because I believe some were spectacular than others but in the end they mashed up so well that it felt like I was reading this one big story with different characters and adventures. Whatzit by Johane Matte brought out the inner devious kid that I am and made the character Deet completely relatable and the ending was absolutely perfect and I would have done the same exact thing. The Soldier's Daughter by Stuart Livingston left me confused about the messenger of the story and I wished that Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeier could have been way longer and provide more details about the mysterious magical box and its past history. If you are looking for a cute, sweet and short book to stuff your halloween cravings then I highly recommend this book and may it bring joy to you as much as it has done for me. Happy Halloween everyone!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ericka

    Meh.. none of the stories were that great. A lot of them I found pointless and served no purpose in this collection of short graphic stories. However, I did enjoy the artwork quite a bit. I have the next two volumes in this series checked out from the library, however, I plan on returning them without reading them. I just don't have an interest to continue.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mallory (toweroftomes)

    Find this review and more fantastical things at The Leaning Tower of Tomes. The review: Explorer: The Mystery Boxes is a really cool graphic anthology that features seven different stories revolving around a box of some kind. Kazu Kibuishi of the Amulet series edited this collection as well as contributed to it, and this anthology additionally features the works of Emily Carroll, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Jason Caffoe, Rad Sechrist, Stuart Livingston, Stephanie Ramirez, Johane M Find this review and more fantastical things at The Leaning Tower of Tomes. The review: Explorer: The Mystery Boxes is a really cool graphic anthology that features seven different stories revolving around a box of some kind. Kazu Kibuishi of the Amulet series edited this collection as well as contributed to it, and this anthology additionally features the works of Emily Carroll, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Jason Caffoe, Rad Sechrist, Stuart Livingston, Stephanie Ramirez, Johane Matte, and Saymone Phanekham. Let’s talk about the individual graphic stories in here. 1. Emily Carroll’s story, Under the Floorboards, is by far the best of the bunch. It’s creepy and dark, but ultimately fulfilling and satisfying in the end. It goes deeper than some of the other stories do, and the illustrations are colored darkly to make the story even spookier. Emily Carroll later became acclaimed for her phenomenal book Through the Woods. It seems she really likes writing and illustrating horror stories… 2. The second story is called Spring Cleaning and is by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier. It’s fun, funny, and upbeat, filled with magicians and overflowing closets and basements. It has vibrant colors and is one of the more cartoonishly drawn stories. 3. The third story is by Jason Caffoe and is titled The Keeper’s Treasure. It’s mystical and makes you smile, and is slightly similar in tone and style to Kazu Kibuishi’s works. (I’m not familiar with Jason Caffoe’s work so I’m sorry for the comparison.) I really loved the imaginative troll (I think? He looked like a troll, but a nice one), and the message relayed in this story is sweet. 4. The fourth story is The Butter Thief and is by Rad Sechrist. This hilarious heist over some much-needed butter is very original, with a incredibly unique artwork and lively, electric colors. This is probably my favorite story of the bunch in terms of the art style and coloring. 5. Story five is The Soldier’s Daughter by Stuart Livingston with Stephanie Ramirez. I liked how the pictures were laid out and chopped up (I’m sure there’s a term for that but I don’t know it right now). It’s about a soldier’s daughter going out to avenge her father — only she instead learns a sad, important truth. 6. The sixth story is a really fun tale called Whatzit and is by Johane Matte with Saymone Phanekham. Also more cartoon-y, this energetic story is about the hilarious chaos that ensues in a cargo hangar when one little worker curiously opens up a box that isn’t listed in the computer database. 7. And the last story in the book, by the master Kazu Kibuishi, is called The Escape Option. (The book’s cover is a scene from this story. Gorgeous, right?) I love Kazu’s art style and colors, as well as his use of different typefaces and speech bubbles for different types of characters. The stories aren’t all stellar, but all the artwork is magnificent. I could stare at the illustrations all day. If I had to rank the stories in order of favorite to least favorite, they’d go: Under the Floorboards (absolutely creeptastic!), The Keeper’s Treasure (because of that lovable troll!), The Butter Thief (because of the breathtaking art and colors), Whatzit (because it’s just so fun), The Escape Option (pretty but not that exciting), Spring Cleaning (cute enough but lacking substance), and then The Soldier’s Daughter (definitely the least memorable of the bunch). Explorer: The Mystery Boxes is a quick and enjoyable read, and the way the stories remain cohesive through the “box” theme was a nice touch. It’s not a particularly strong graphic anthology, but if I see the other two books in the series floating around I’ll definitely grab ’em so I can look at all the stunning artwork. ♦ So tell me... Have you read Explorer: The Mystery Boxes? If you haven’t, would you be interested to? What’s your favorite graphic novel? Or, who’s your favorite illustrator? And have you read any graphic anthologies before? Comment below letting me know! And, as always, happy reading! Follow me @ toweroftomes on Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | and Bloglovin’!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tara Anderson Gold

    I picked up this book intending to just flip through it and see what it was about. I ended up reading the entire thing. Essentially, this is a graphic novel short story collection all on the same theme: mystery boxes. Each story has a different author/artist and style, but all have an element of fantasy to them. Including lots of unicorns. There are seven stories: Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll - A wax doll comes to life, helping and hindering a girl in her chores. Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier - A I picked up this book intending to just flip through it and see what it was about. I ended up reading the entire thing. Essentially, this is a graphic novel short story collection all on the same theme: mystery boxes. Each story has a different author/artist and style, but all have an element of fantasy to them. Including lots of unicorns. There are seven stories: Under the Floorboards by Emily Carroll - A wax doll comes to life, helping and hindering a girl in her chores. Spring Cleaning by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier - A puzzle box is found in a messy closet, and some wizards are willing to pay a lot of money for it. But why? The Keeper's Treasure by Jason Caffoe - A treasure hunter seeks a treasure inside a labyrinth, and is curious about what is inside the treasure box. The Butter Thief by Rad Sechrist - A spirit is stealing butter, so grandma traps the spirit and buries it in the backyard. Her grandmother is curious and investigates the box. The Soldier's Daughter by Stuart Livingston - A girl goes on a quest to avenge her father's death, but a magical box shows her some truths about life and war. Whatzit by Johane Matte - A little alien is put in charge of a a checklist for shipping boxes, but he opens one that makes his job a little harder. The Escape Option by Kazu Kibuishi - A boy is sucked into a spaceship box and told of a choice he must make to save the world. The stories are short and cute, but they also have some interesting depth to them. The artwork is beautiful in some stories and brilliant in others, as there is a nice variety in styles and tones. Some stories feel dark, some epic, and some just fun. My favorite was ​Spring Cleaning ​because I enjoy Raina Telgemeier's art and I liked the fun tone of the story. I also liked the ending to ​The Escape Option​ because I didn't see the twist coming. It's good when a 15-page story can give me a twist ending, that's not an easy feat -- especially with a graphic novel. FINAL GRADE: C I give it a C based on my personal taste (it was average), but a B for my library and my students. This is not a book I read for me, but one I read for my kids. Boys and girls alike with appreciate this little collection. They will love it, like they love all graphic novels! But this one will surely stayed checked out more than it's on my shelf. I also like the potential for using this as a jumping off point for a writing exercise, since each story takes on a common theme, kids could write their own story about a mysterious box. I might even be inspired to do so! ​What would your story about a mysterious box be?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gideon

    it was good exiting and a total wow. it had a bunch of story's in one. the disappointing part is that the story on the cover is last.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    One can never tell what is going to be inside the box until it's opened, and when it is, the truth could very well change the world around you - or the way you see the world. Kibuishi provides an intriguing collection of short stories surrounding the mystery of boxes that will please fans and entertain newcomers. Just what could be in these boxes, and where will their contents take you?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    I quite enjoyed this collection of one-shot stories. I particularly liked the first one with the wax doll, both in terms of art and story. Kazu Kibuishi also did a phenomenal job. His art style is so unique and his storytelling adds just the right amount of mystery, heroism, darkness, and... something else that I'm not quite sure how to describe. 'Charm' maybe...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Madeleine R

    The Mystery boxes is a collection of short stories told by multiple artists. Each one has a different tone and not only is each story unique the art is beautifully done, usually with full color and each artist has a great grasp on telling stories. My favorite follows a story about some kids who find a mystery box from another dimension and some wizards are fighting eachother to get it back. It's very comedic and good. Some of it is set in the kid's house, then the grandmothers as they The Mystery boxes is a collection of short stories told by multiple artists. Each one has a different tone and not only is each story unique the art is beautifully done, usually with full color and each artist has a great grasp on telling stories. My favorite follows a story about some kids who find a mystery box from another dimension and some wizards are fighting eachother to get it back. It's very comedic and good. Some of it is set in the kid's house, then the grandmothers as they fight for the box. Overall definitely recommend this book, its short and the stories are all cute with their own little twists and turns.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    RC: 3.5 stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Great collection of stories! Love the different graphic styles.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    Under The Floorboards: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Spring Cleaning: ⭐⭐⭐ The Keeper’s Treasure: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ The Butter Thief: ⭐⭐⭐ The Soldier’s Daughter: ⭐⭐ Whatzit:⭐⭐ The Escape Option: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Under The Floorboards: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Spring Cleaning: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Keeper’s Treasure: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Butter Thief: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Soldier’s Daughter: ⭐️⭐️ Whatzit:⭐️⭐️ The Escape Option: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  20. 4 out of 5

    Derick

    5 star always.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Seven short stories about boxes, and what they may or may not contain. Each story explores the events of how a box influences, or changes the protagonist outlook on their lives, and others around them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie S

    3.5 My first graphic novel anthology; I enjoyed how each author explored the concept of “what’s in the box?”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Lenarczyk

    Overall, I really enjoyed this collection more than I initially thought I would. It was interesting to see how so many people can take an idea of a single box, and do completely different things with it. This idea of an anthology just goes to show how creative and unique people can be! I decided to rate each story individually, which you can find on my blog! Overall, I really enjoyed this collection more than I initially thought I would. It was interesting to see how so many people can take an idea of a single box, and do completely different things with it. This idea of an anthology just goes to show how creative and unique people can be! I decided to rate each story individually, which you can find on my blog! http://theprincessgummybearreviews.bl...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    This was not what I expected, which is silly because all the reviews tell you exactly what it is. I am a goose. An interesting concept a graphic novel of short stories centered on the idea of a 'Mystery Box' each author has their own style of story telling and art which makes this a novel (HA) read. For those who enjoy graphic novels and are looking for short stories in that style of writing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    A collection of 7 graphic stories by a crew of talented artists. Under the Floorboards-A girl finds a strange wax doll under a floorboard in her bedroom that causes her nothing but trouble until she tricks it back into the box it came from. Spring Cleaning-While cleaning his closet, Oliver finds a mysterious puzzle box and puts it on sale on ebay. To his surprise a bunch of wizards are interested in buying the box. The Keeper’s Treasure- A boy on a treasure hunt crosses pat A collection of 7 graphic stories by a crew of talented artists. Under the Floorboards-A girl finds a strange wax doll under a floorboard in her bedroom that causes her nothing but trouble until she tricks it back into the box it came from. Spring Cleaning-While cleaning his closet, Oliver finds a mysterious puzzle box and puts it on sale on ebay. To his surprise a bunch of wizards are interested in buying the box. The Keeper’s Treasure- A boy on a treasure hunt crosses paths with a mysterious creature who spends his days imagining what the treasure box might hold until at last the boy discovers it’s gold. The Butter Thief- A girl’s grandmother catches a mischievous spirit that has been stealing butter from the kitchen. When the girl opens the box that holds the spirit she is transformed into a spirit too and she promises to help steal more butter. The Soldier’s Daughter- Upon learning of her father’s death in battle his daughter seeks to avenge his death, but learns a few things about war. Whatzit- A space boy must prepare an important delivery of a complete solar system, but chaos ensues when a whatzit makes mischief and messes. The Escape Option- A boy encounters a mysterious box and is transported inside it to find an alien offering him an escape from his planet that will be soon too crowded for humans. Excellent short stories in a graphic format, some a little bit frightening, others funny. Recommended for grades 3-5.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Callie Rose Tyler

    Overall 3.5- A great diverse collection. Love the theme of mystery boxes! Quick read. Under the Floorboards- 4 Stars- While not the most original concept, the story unfolds visually and manages to be very haunting and suspenseful despite its brevity. Spring Cleaning- 3 stars- This was a cute. The art is not my favorite but I love an understated love story. The Keeper's Treasure- 5 stars- Very funny, seemingly simple but with a number of unexpected turns. The Butter Thief – Overall 3.5- A great diverse collection. Love the theme of mystery boxes! Quick read. Under the Floorboards- 4 Stars- While not the most original concept, the story unfolds visually and manages to be very haunting and suspenseful despite its brevity. Spring Cleaning- 3 stars- This was a cute. The art is not my favorite but I love an understated love story. The Keeper's Treasure- 5 stars- Very funny, seemingly simple but with a number of unexpected turns. The Butter Thief – 3 stars- This story had the most sublet use of the box theme which I appreciated. Over all not a huge fan of ‘spirit world’ stories but this one was done well. Kudos to the author for being able to create a mythology in such a short space. The Soldier's Daughter- 2 stars- This one bordered on being a bit didactic. When compared with the others it is lacking in character development and plot. The story was really just a means to a moral end. Whatzit- 3 stars- Very cute, humorous, and an interesting box concept. Felt very comic strip compared to the others and I appreciated the lightheartedness juxtaposition. The Escape Option- 5 stars- My favorite of the bunch (the story featured on the cover). Great art! A fantastically simple story that packs a big punch at the end and leaves the reader thinking and feeling, perfectly done!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bacall

    Explorer, The Mystery Boxes is a compilation of seven stories by different authors and illustrators all asked to answer the question "What's in the box?" All told in a graphic novel format with stories that vary from the humorous to macabre, there is something for every reader within. This would be a fabulous tool for a writing teacher to share with a class to encourage students to push their limits of creativity and to celebrate how different each person's reaction to an assignment can be and h Explorer, The Mystery Boxes is a compilation of seven stories by different authors and illustrators all asked to answer the question "What's in the box?" All told in a graphic novel format with stories that vary from the humorous to macabre, there is something for every reader within. This would be a fabulous tool for a writing teacher to share with a class to encourage students to push their limits of creativity and to celebrate how different each person's reaction to an assignment can be and how each is fabulous in a different way. Without revealing any of the surprise that evolves as each section is read, I can share that there is a drastically different feel and message to each story. Dave Roman & Raina Telgemeir use bright bubbly cartoon illustrations to tell a lighthearted and mystical tale in Spring Cleaning, while Stuart Livingston and Stephanie Ramirez's interpretation of the same question results in The Soldier's Daughter, an epic tale of love loss and redemption. There isn't a weak link in the bunch. Each story stands on its own and in a collection such as this they make for a great treat. Other authors and illustrators include: Emily Carroll, Jason Caffoe, Rad Sechrist, Johane Matte, Saymone Phanekham and Kazu Kibuishi.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Audience: 3rd grade and up, boys and girls, reluctant readers Appeal: This book is a graphic novel with 8 different stories by 7 authors that all revolve around a mystery box and what is inside it. I think that reluctant readers would be interested in this book because it looks like a comic, there are many different types of pictures and they are all in color, and there are 8 different short stories, so if one does not fit a reader's fancy, they can just flip to the next one. At first I tho Audience: 3rd grade and up, boys and girls, reluctant readers Appeal: This book is a graphic novel with 8 different stories by 7 authors that all revolve around a mystery box and what is inside it. I think that reluctant readers would be interested in this book because it looks like a comic, there are many different types of pictures and they are all in color, and there are 8 different short stories, so if one does not fit a reader's fancy, they can just flip to the next one. At first I thought that boys would be more interested in this book than girls, but there are stories in this book where a girl is the main character, so I think that both boys and girls would enjoy this book. This is a fast-paced book too because it is a graphic novel, not many words are on each page as there would be in a regular book. All of the stories also involve mystery, adventure, and suspense, so this book is hard to put down. This book is from the Good Comics for Kids list.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Skye Kilaen

    Each Explorer book is a collection of comic short stories on a theme. Any lover of fantasy, magic, action-adventure, or high-quality art in comics should at least borrow these from their library. They'd make especially good gifts for young comics lovers, or kids new to comics, because they can find their own favorites out of the tales in each book. Kibuishi is a master storyteller whose work has emotional depth while remaining very accessible, and he worked with writers and artists with similar Each Explorer book is a collection of comic short stories on a theme. Any lover of fantasy, magic, action-adventure, or high-quality art in comics should at least borrow these from their library. They'd make especially good gifts for young comics lovers, or kids new to comics, because they can find their own favorites out of the tales in each book. Kibuishi is a master storyteller whose work has emotional depth while remaining very accessible, and he worked with writers and artists with similar skills for these books. Across the stories, there is quite a bit of diversity in characters. I'm also a sucker for gorgeous covers, and these books rock on that aspect. I even love the title font.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    I had way too high of expectations going this book because freaking KAZU KIBUISHI (queen). However, it kinda left me with a "meh" feeling. The stories felt way too short, and the authors seemed to try to fit too much into the 10-15 pages that they had. That m=being said, I did discover some fantastic new authors that I am excited on looking into, including Jason Caffoe and Stuart Livingston. And of course, it's always nice to see some of your old favourites (Emily Carroll and Kazu Kibuishi). I I had way too high of expectations going this book because freaking KAZU KIBUISHI (queen). However, it kinda left me with a "meh" feeling. The stories felt way too short, and the authors seemed to try to fit too much into the 10-15 pages that they had. That m=being said, I did discover some fantastic new authors that I am excited on looking into, including Jason Caffoe and Stuart Livingston. And of course, it's always nice to see some of your old favourites (Emily Carroll and Kazu Kibuishi). I do recommend this, but I suggest you keep your expectations lower than mine were.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.