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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Review: Explorer - The Hidden Doors (Explorer #3)

Explorer: The Hidden Doors is the third and final volume in the series of graphic novels which began with Explorer: The Mystery Boxes. The series editor is Kazu Kabuishi who created the New York Times number one bestselling series, Amulet.

Explorer: The Hidden Doors is a collection of seven short stories, created by different people, in which the common theme is doors, specifically hidden doors. Because each story has a different creator, the illustrations vary from a muted pencil style through to a slick, digital look.

Most of the stories have a semi-fantasy or sci-fi element. They include characters like: Doctor Asteria Crane who travels inside the mind of her patient; Briar who gets trapped with a giant who just might want to eat her; Luis who becomes the pictures he draws; and Clave the cat and his robotic nemesis.

A quick and easy to read collection of stories, likely to kickstart the imaginations of budding graphic novelists.

Title: Explorer: The Hidden Doors (Explorer #3)
Editor: Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Abrams, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781419708848
For ages: 10+
Type: Graphic novel

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