The Hidden Doors: Seven Graphic Stories
The Hidden Doors: Seven Graphic Stories

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Series: Explorer Vol. 3   

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Annotation: A collection of stories in graphic novel format by comics artists centers on a theme of doorways and includes contributions by such genre figures as Jason Caffoe, Jen Wang, and Faith Erin Hicks.
Catalog Number: #90480
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 109, 18 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-419-70884-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-84038-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-419-70884-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-84038-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014938941
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
The third Explorer anthology isn't as strong as its predecessors, though that likely won't matter to Kibuishi's rabid fans. A few of the stories have a didactic message, from "Believe in yourself" to "Appreciate others," and although they're empowering, it can detract from the overall fun atmosphere. The last three stories eve Hamaker's rollicking "Fish n Chips"; Johane Matte's inventive Egyptian-grave-robbing story, "Mastaba"; and Jen Breach and Douglas Holgate's pun-tastic fantasy-action tale "When Is a Door Not a Door?" d the collection on a high note, with solid plots and gorgeous artwork. Expect followers of the popular series to snatch it up.
Horn Book
This third book in the series (Explorer: The Mystery Boxes; Explorer: The Lost Islands) follows the same successful formula: a handful of graphic artists start with the same topic, each coming up with a unique story. The wide variety of genres and illustration styles keeps the theme fresh and intriguing; here's hoping Kibuishi continues to explore further mysterious topics.
School Library Journal
Gr 48 Readers are once again presented with an array of stories created by a cast of comics authors and illustrators smartly assembled by Kibuishi. With a balance of styles, sensibilities, and palettes, the work showcases seven unique approaches to the central theme of finding a hidden door. Most of the entries hinge on a kid facing an emotional or physical peril. In "Asteria Crane," Kibuishi delivers a cinematic tale of experimental dream therapy that could easily be at home as a sci-fi film. In "Luis 2.0," Jen Wang shares a sweet vignette about wanting to become someone else, only to find it's better being one's authentic self after all. The range in this slim volume is expansive. From funny to deep and fantastical to refined, all of the stories have a compelling narrative arc. The colors are just as varied, and are universally dynamic and nuanced. Consider this (and previous series installments) as a necessary addition to any graphic novel collection. Jenna Lanterman, formerly at The Calhoun School and Mary McDowell Friends School, New York City
Word Count: 4,094
Reading Level: 2.5
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.5 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 170959 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:2.6 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q76369
Lexile: GN240L

Explorer, the graphic novel anthology series that launched in Spring 2012 with The Mystery Boxes and continued with The Lost Islands (autumn 2013), returns with a roster of comics artists creating new fantasy and science fiction stories around the theme of hidden doors both real doors and imaginary. Edited by New York Times bestselling comics creator Kazu Kibuishi, this latest collection includes clever and beautifully illustrated stories by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), Jason Caffoe (Flight), Amy Kim Kibuishi (Flight anthologies), Johane Matte (Explorer: The Mystery Boxes), Jen Wang (Koko Be Good), Steve Hamaker (well known as the colorist for Jeff Smith's Bone) and Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys). The Hidden Doors is sure to receive the same critical attention and bookseller enthusiasm as its predecessors.

Asteria Crane / Kazu Kibuishi ; colors by Denver Jackson
The giant's kitchen / Jason Caffoe
Luis 2.0 / Jen Wang
Two-person door / Faith Erin Hicks ; colors by Noreen Rana
Fish n chips in spring cleaning / Steve Hamaker
Mastaba / Johane Matte ; colors by Mary Cagle
When is door not a door? / Jen Breach & Douglas Holgate.

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