Author and illustrator Kazu Kibuishi does an amazing job telling a story with pictures and few words. Readers are drawn to his colorful characters and quickly become engrossed by the drama in the story. As Emily learns to harness the stone's power, we are reminded how something good can gain control of our lives if we let it. My favorite part of this story is the part where Emily takes only what she needs from the Gadoba trees to save her mother. Depending on her friends and family make Emily stronger than the evil she is fighting.
I recommend this story to grade 3 readers and up who are interested in adventure and fantasy. The book contains unusual creatures full of amazing powers. The use of machines and a walking house add to the adventure. I can't wait to read book three!