These books are FDPG's latest obsession. She loves these books. We bought the first one at Costco, almost as an afterthought, because it was a) lovely to look at and hold, and b) it was cheap. Call me shallow I am never averse to a cheap and beautiful book. Even better, it's delightfully floppy to hold. All in all, an amazing package.
This is the first book: It's called The Stonekeeper. It's your usual 'children whose mother has been kidnapped and they have to win her back from bad things/people/worlds and perform all sorts of heroic deeds along the way' kind of story. It's a bit disjointed in the telling, with all kinds of plots twists and characters and it can get slightly confusing, but don't let that sway you; this is a truly wonderful and original piece of storytelling, despite its flaws. My sense was that this is a first novel (although I don't think it is) and the author, the very clever Kazu Kibuishi, is just warming up. According to the fellow at our local Comic Shop, Mr Kibuishi is young and just starting out. It shows, but it doesn't matter, if you get my meaning.
Here is the second book in the series: The Stonekeeper's Curse. What made us buy this one, nay, compelled us to buy it, even though Costco had since sold out of them and we had to hunt around in the local bookshops, was the last scene in the first book. It's like something out of a Miyazaki movie.
See? Is that not a great shot? Don't you want to know what happens next?
So did we. In fact, I think FDPG might actually have gasped when she came to this page. And then put it down on the coffee table with a bit of a bang. And a sigh. And a frown. FDPG is not one for cliffhangers.
So take a glance at these books next time you pass them by. They are fun and weird and dramatic and creative and oh-so-artistic.
It's like discovering a hidden cache of material from this fellow: