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Adventures in Cartooning: Christmas Special by James Sturm
Alexander Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst
Amulet 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi
Angels by Marian Keyes
Arthur's Nose by Marc Brown
Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel
Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The Bog Baby by Jean Willis
Calvin Coconut: The Zippy Fix by Graham Salisbury
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
The Dazzle of Day by Molly Gloss
Disappearing Desmond by Anna Alter
Emily the Strange: Lost Days by Rob Reger
Everything on a Waffle (audio) by Polly Horvath
Fairest by Gail Carson Levine
Food, Girls and Other Things I Can't Have by Allen Zadoff
Fullmetal Alchemist 17 by Hiromu Arakawa
I'm Going to Grandma's by Mary Ann Hoberman
Maggie's Monkeys by Linda Sanders-Wells
Mooshka, A Quilt Story by Julie Paschkis
My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear and illustrated by Anne Mortimer
Soul Eater 01 by Atsushi Ohkubo
Spoon by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Spork by Kyo Maclear
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle 03 by CLAMP
Twin Spica 06 by Kou Yaginuma
Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker
xxxHolic 10 by CLAMP

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Amulet 4: The Last Council

Amulet 4: The Last Council: 07/11/12

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)In Amulet 4: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi, Emily, friends and family arrive at Cielis, hopeful that the Sky Council will be able to help. Before that can happen, though, Emily must prove her worth to them.

Cielis is very much like the Emerald City, albeit one that has fallen on hard times. It's not just an ineffective one — the Wizard — stepping in for a missing leader — Ozma. Like Chip in This Perfect Day (link to review), Emily and friends have been deceived. Most of The Last Council, then, is the chronicle of Emily and the others discovering the truth in their own way.

As with previous volumes, Kibuishi's luscious artwork is a delight. He's able to convey so much of the story through the pictures, that I will often skim ahead just looking at the pictures. Then I go back and read the speech bubbles. The Amulet series remains at the top of my list of favorite middle grade graphic novels.

Five stars

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