Review: Explorer: The Mystery Boxes

Explorer: The Mystery Boxes
Explorer: The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seven short stories linked by the central theme of a mysterious box. I enjoyed seeing how each author and illustrator wove the box into his or her work. I wish there had been an introduction — Did the editor choose them b/c they each involved a box? Are these stories each a unique response to the challenge of the theme?

The cleverist, most satisfying stories are Under the Floorboards, Spring Cleaning, The Keeper’s Treasure, and The Butter Thief. The most visually interesting is Whatzit. Overall, an interesting grouping of tales that are deeper than they appear at first glance. Worth reading!

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