By Kazu Kibuishi
From the back cover
Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi returns with his mysterious world full of new allies… and old enemies!
Emily and Navin’s mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod’s poison, and there’s only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble, dangerous trouble.
In a gist…
This book has a much intense plot compared to the first one in the series. The demons are illustrated with much more detail that could be found disturbing for young readers. There is some reference to some trees foretelling the future, which at first sounded alarming to me but later on in the book they explain that they cannot see the future but can predict based on past events. A curse was put on a city where it’s people started turning into animals. One of the animals is a pig and is shown on several pages. The amulet that Emily found in the first book gives her a lot of power which she needs to learn to control. The amulet speaks to her mind and she has to train her brain not to listen to it. I liked how the book emphasizes the importance of controlling one’s self when given great powers.
– The elves’ mission is to kill Emily and her aid. Orders to kill Emily are given throughout the book.
– some killing between the elves is shown, no blood though.
– Very graphic depictions of beasts
Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values
None, the family members put themselves through danger to save one another.
Overall, this book seems harmless for your kids to read inshallah if you keep the above points in mind.