Title: The Cloud Searchers (Amulet Book Three)
Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Genre: Graphic Novel, Children, ages 9-12
My Star Rating: 5 stars out of 5 = I Love It
My Summary Statement: Another Engaging Read, the 3rd Installment of a High Adventure Hero’s Journey Story
I am a homeschooling mother with an interest in graphic books, both fiction and nonfiction, for adult or child readers. I just finished reading this book. My ten and thirteen year old sons also read this book and the whole series, and they wanted me to read it so I could enjoy the story too.
In this third book in the series this hero’s journey quest, a battle of good versus evil continues with just as much action as in the others. In this book Emily learns more about the magic stone that gives her power and more about the enemy they are fighting. This time, as the title and cover art reveal, they are looking for a land some believe is just a myth, which is hidden in the clouds.
This story began on Earth in the first book, and the second and third book takes place entirely in the other world, a mysterious land which looks wild and medieval in its natural state and filled with walking and talking animals and weird monsters, living “stuffed animals” and robots. Their main vehicle in this story is a cross between a zeppelin and a spaceship yet they are attacked by a traditional looking dragon.
This book series has high quality full color illustrations which makes it more visually appealing than some other graphic books for children on the market. The pages are high quality glossy paper.
This book and the series is a high action story that involves lots of fighting, multiple brushes with death, and escapes. It’s well written in that it is a solid hero’s journey story which being done well, draws the reader in immediately, and makes us root for the hero from the start. We want to find out what happens next and we want the good guys to win. The second and third book is clearly a good versus evil story which gets more complicated as the series goes on.
The book ends with a journey finished but opens the way for the next segment of the story, that Emily is being trained to be one of the members of the prestigious and important “Guardian Council”. At the time I’m writing this the fourth book has not yet been released.
I recommend this for tween or young teen who enjoys graphic novels, or for reluctant readers who enjoy reading about fantasy, adventure and the battle of good against evil. I would say this is more of a boy book but with its girl main character and the strong draw of the story that engages the reader, some girls might enjoy it too.
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