Amulet #6: Escape from Lucien

By Kazu Kibuishi

 

From the back cover

A WORTHY MISSION … OR A TRAP?

Navin and his classmates journey to Lucien, a city ravaged by war and plagued by mysterious creatures, where they search for a beacon essential to their fight against the Elf King. Meanwhile, Emily heads back into the Void with Max, one of the Elf King’s loyal followers, when she learns his darkest secrets. The stakes, for both Emily and Navin, are higher than ever.

In a gist…

This is the sixth book of the series Amulet. Emily and Navin continue their quest to restore peace in different cities and fight the Elf King and his followers. The book carries on with the same concepts as the previous books of the series with one exception; the nullification of the mother’s concerns. I couldn’t help but notice by this sixth book of the series how naive Emily and Navin’s mother is and how they lead their own lives their way and she just follows their lead. It must be every child’s wish to have parents that let him do whatever he wants while controlling his parents as well but it was quite disturbing by this sixth book. The mother keeps babbling about how the kids shouldn’t be going out to fight and how they should be sending older people to fight but the children always ignore her or laugh her off and continue with their mission. The children’s neglect to their mother’s advice and commands are quite concerning in my opinion.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

– Their are ghost-like creatures that take over and control some residents of a town.
– An elf punches a boy in the nose and blood is illustrated dripping down the boy’s face.
– The ghost controlling the amulet is displayed and takes away a life.

Profanity

None

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/Islamic Values

– The dismissal of Emily and Navin’s mother’s concerns and advice, as mentioned above, is evident on page 20 of the book.
– On page 119, the mayor of Lucien states that she doesn’t believe in “prophecies, miracles, or premonitions” and Navin reassures her that he doesn’t either. The mayor is referring to prophecies given by talking trees but generalizing that one doesn’t believe in all miracles and prophecies may put doubts into young readers’ minds about the miracles and prophecies preformed by real prophets and messengers of Allah.
– the Stonekeeper that allowed his amulet to control him got the ghost of his amulet to prolong his life (page 182) but once her tried to get rid of the ghost’s control of him, it took his life away stating that it let him live longer than he would have without his help. The mere concept of anything prolonging one’s life is haram in Islam. This part of the book contains a form of Shirk in Allah SWT.

Final Verdict

The children’s mother is negated for most of the book, a ghost is believed to have prolonged a boy’s life, and two characters bluntly state that they don’t believe in prophecies and miracles. These are the main concerns I have for this book.

The Lonely Lake Monster (Book 2)

By Suzanne Selfors

 

From the back cover

Pearl Petal and Ben Silverstein can’t wait for their first official day as apprentices of Dr. Woo, veterinarian for imaginary creatures. That is, until they are tasked with clipping the sasquatch’s toenails. Gross!

Then Pearl spots a monster in the lake behind the hospital. Even though they were told not to leave the building for any reason, Pearl sets off for a closer look, with Ben trailing cautiously behind.

The outing goes awry when Ben is captured by the creature and held hostage on an island in the middle of the lake. It’s up to Pearl to hatch a rescue mission. Will she save the day or cement her reputation as the town troublemaker? And will the hospital’s secret patient be able to help?

Suzanne Selfors takes readers on an incredible adventure full of mythical creatures and astonishing discoveries that are anything but imaginary.

This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Lonely Lake Monster. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!

In a gist…

This book is a continuation to the series The Imaginary Veterinary with Pearl Petal being the lead character instead of Ben Silverstein like we saw in the first book The Sasquatch Escape. Pearl has a reputation around town of being a troublemaker and the reason for this reputation is clearly portrayed in this book. Her curiosity and lack of self control seem to always get her into trouble. Ben follows Pearl’s lead in breaking the rules set by the hospital staff – as long as they don’t get caught then it’s ok to break the rules, as Pearl once states – They both lie to their parents and guardians about the worm hospital because they are asked to keep their real jobs a secret. Although lying and having secrets from one’s parents at such a young age are concerning, Pearl has plausible characteristics such as her love of learning, and seems to stop at nothing to achieve her goals.

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

None. Dr. Woo has some scars and a missing finger but the book does not elaborate on their causes.

Profanity

None

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/ Islamic Values

– Lying to parents at some points.
– Hiding secrets from their guardians.
– Pearl tells Ben that “sometimes it’s ok to break the rules” as long as they don’t get caught.

Final Verdict

A thorough discussion of the above points with your children should resolve the issues of this particular book. The activities present at the back of the book are fun to try out and very beneficial.