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Explorer: the Mystery Boxes

Editor: Kazu Kabuishi

Publisher: Scholastic

Grade levels: 4–5, 6–8

Genre: Mystery, Fantasy

Special attractions: Anthology, For adults too

Seven clever stories answer one simple question: What’s in the box? Funny, fantastic, spooky, and suspenseful, each of these unique and beautifully illustrated short graphic works revolves around a central theme: a mysterious box and the marvels — or mayhem — inside. Artists include middle school favorites Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) and Raina Telgemeier (Smile), as well as Dave Roman,  Jason Caffoe, Stuart Livingston, Johane Matte, Rad Sechrist (all contributors to the groundbreaking comics anthology series Flight), and up-and-coming artist Emily Carroll. (from publisher’s website)

Publishers Weekly review: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-4197-0010-1

BoingBoing review: http://boingboing.net/2012/04/17/explorer-the-mystery-boxe.html

Geekdad blog review: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/01/explorer-the-mystery-boxes/

Publisher’s website: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/explorer-mystery-boxes

Editor’s website: http://boltcity.com/