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A young girl finds herself faced with an impossible choice--run away from her beloved valley, or unleash a hidden magic and become a Mapmaker to save her home from its new overlords. For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they've long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip--there are only rules, punishments, and consequen A young girl finds herself faced with an impossible choice--run away from her beloved valley, or unleash a hidden magic and become a Mapmaker to save her home from its new overlords. For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they've long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip--there are only rules, punishments, and consequences. Until one night, on the run from the Night Coats (again), after breaking another rule (again), Alidade stumbles upon a secret door leading to a magical hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. There, she finds a map of her home and accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature called a memri who is meant to protect the Valley. Blue needs Alidade's help to find the Mapmakers and save the Valley from the Night Coats! But the Mapmakers are long gone. Alidade has a choice: leave the Valley like she's always wanted...or become a Mapmaker and save the only home she's ever known. This is the first book in a thrilling series of adventures where Alidade discovers the world around her as she goes on a fantastical journey.


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A young girl finds herself faced with an impossible choice--run away from her beloved valley, or unleash a hidden magic and become a Mapmaker to save her home from its new overlords. For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they've long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip--there are only rules, punishments, and consequen A young girl finds herself faced with an impossible choice--run away from her beloved valley, or unleash a hidden magic and become a Mapmaker to save her home from its new overlords. For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they've long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip--there are only rules, punishments, and consequences. Until one night, on the run from the Night Coats (again), after breaking another rule (again), Alidade stumbles upon a secret door leading to a magical hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. There, she finds a map of her home and accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature called a memri who is meant to protect the Valley. Blue needs Alidade's help to find the Mapmakers and save the Valley from the Night Coats! But the Mapmakers are long gone. Alidade has a choice: leave the Valley like she's always wanted...or become a Mapmaker and save the only home she's ever known. This is the first book in a thrilling series of adventures where Alidade discovers the world around her as she goes on a fantastical journey.

30 review for Mapmakers and the Lost Magic (A Graphic Novel)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    2.5 stars! Thank you Netgalley for the arc. This graphic novel follows 2 kids and they make an uprising against a town government that has been oppressing them. It has been done before, and better. It was fine. Nothing remarkable. The magic left a lot to be desired.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    MAPMAKERS AND THE LOST MAGIC is a little book about some big topics. Through loveable characters, expert worldbuilding, and inventive plotting, Chittock and Castillo explore friendship, colonialism and resistance, and the seemingly opposing desires to leave home and explore the unknown on the one hand, and to establish roots and settle among those who know you. In the end, you will perhaps question whether those two desires are mutually exclusive. How can Alidade Rose save her town from the tyra MAPMAKERS AND THE LOST MAGIC is a little book about some big topics. Through loveable characters, expert worldbuilding, and inventive plotting, Chittock and Castillo explore friendship, colonialism and resistance, and the seemingly opposing desires to leave home and explore the unknown on the one hand, and to establish roots and settle among those who know you. In the end, you will perhaps question whether those two desires are mutually exclusive. How can Alidade Rose save her town from the tyrannous Night Coats, explore the world in a quest to liberate it, and maintain her connection to her family and friends? Readers of all ages will enjoy finding out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Caleb

    A delightful story about magic and friendship and life! I loved it so much and I can't wait to read more!! A delightful story about magic and friendship and life! I loved it so much and I can't wait to read more!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Hmm, I wasn't a fan of this middle grade graphic novel. The world was one dimensional, and the story needed a lot more to give it depth. I like the story's premise, and the art is good. Hmm, I wasn't a fan of this middle grade graphic novel. The world was one dimensional, and the story needed a lot more to give it depth. I like the story's premise, and the art is good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    This felt like a rough draft that needed a lot more work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rowena Andrews

    Mapmakers and the Lost Magic was a book I wanted to read the moment I heard about it – they had me at mapmakers, and there was a lot to love about this graphic novel. One of course is the artwork – you just need to see the cover to know its going to be amazing, and the style and colouration, especially to capture the different settings were absolutely fantastic and did a great job of capturing the feel of nature and exploration and discory that is so central to this book, while being cute and en Mapmakers and the Lost Magic was a book I wanted to read the moment I heard about it – they had me at mapmakers, and there was a lot to love about this graphic novel. One of course is the artwork – you just need to see the cover to know its going to be amazing, and the style and colouration, especially to capture the different settings were absolutely fantastic and did a great job of capturing the feel of nature and exploration and discory that is so central to this book, while being cute and engaging for younger readers as well. The core ideas of Mapmakers are also great. There is very much that focus on exploration and discovery, and has a very natural, eco-centric heart to the story – with Alidade learning a lot about the land and its inhabitants as she explores, and how to treat that with care. An important message, and this is a great way to broach that topic with the target audience of this graphic novel in a way that’s engaging as well as educational. There is also a much more personal and emotional aspect to the story, with Alidade dealing with loss, and also in trying to find her place in the world and learning as much about herself as the world around her. I really liked Alidade as a character, and her relationships with those around her, and how important those ties were and she was a compelling reason for following along with the story. Those aspects were all fantastic, and honestly I would have loved to have just followed Alidade’s story and spent more time exploring and learning about the Mapmakers ideals of artistry and accuracy. It was the rest of the plot that I felt was not as satisfying, and while this is middle-grade, but I would say it leans towards the younger end because the depth wasn’t there – and I found myself with more questions than answers, and I think children would be the same. There is a simplicity to the villains – The Night Coats and the conflict, and aspects like the magic system are left with little explanation, and I found that part of the book too simplistic and not particularly gripping. This was very much countered by the parts where the focus was on exploring and the mapmakers. Overall, this is a beautiful, fun graphic novel which offers the possibility of more and while the plot could have been stronger, I think it’s charm and the important core ideas will make this a popular book, and it’s also a lovely introduction to fantasy and dystopia for younger readers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jess Witkins

    Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is a delightful graphic novel that blends nature/climate change themes with the fantasy genre. There's some simple worldbuilding around mapmakers and their magical guides called memris, but the story is grounded in observing the world around you, how all things are intertwined and play a part, and good practices to being an explorer. Some of the theme's messaging might be a little on the nose - more than once it's referenced by the magical creature that humans are th Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is a delightful graphic novel that blends nature/climate change themes with the fantasy genre. There's some simple worldbuilding around mapmakers and their magical guides called memris, but the story is grounded in observing the world around you, how all things are intertwined and play a part, and good practices to being an explorer. Some of the theme's messaging might be a little on the nose - more than once it's referenced by the magical creature that humans are the most destructive beings, but you can't argue that's a valid statement and we have changes ahead of us if we want to turn things around. While that sentiment might feel harsh to some, take care that the memri comes around to also acknowledge attributes like friendship and hope. Loved the illustrations and the details grounded in the actual outdoors and how to be an earth friendly explorer. Additional themes cover topics of identity, friendship, and community. Awesome backmatter pages with more nature content, recipes, and a sketch series perfect for kids interested in art and storytelling of their own. A solid read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Felicia Harris

    I did not like this at all. Sadly I found it to be really boring. I felt like the story dragged on and not a lot was happening. The art was beautiful and the plot was solid but it just went on for way to long. I stopped caring very quickly and just wanted the book to end.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    TW: colonization & prejudice This was an interesting story of colonization and change. I do wish there was more world building at play, but I enjoyed seeing this society refind itself, and I liked watching Alidade focus her energy. The color palette of this was also nice, and I particularly like the way the aspects of nature are drawn.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    This is a really enjoyable Middle Grade graphic novel. Without going into the plot, I really enjoyed the way this story looked at how people and nature interact. I felt the art blended with the text of the story perfectly, too. I highly recommend this one!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emperor Katie

    I love the art

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bexa

    Delightful colors and cute characters. Gives the sense of adventure and finding one's own place in the world. Felt like there could be more explanation of what happened to the valley and why they're all stuck working for the Night Coats. Alidade and Lewis are fun characters and each have their own personality, even if it's a stereotypical personality (rebel adventure vs. village homebody). As much as I enjoyed this, I'm not sure it will appeal to a lot of middle schoolers. There's some great ima Delightful colors and cute characters. Gives the sense of adventure and finding one's own place in the world. Felt like there could be more explanation of what happened to the valley and why they're all stuck working for the Night Coats. Alidade and Lewis are fun characters and each have their own personality, even if it's a stereotypical personality (rebel adventure vs. village homebody). As much as I enjoyed this, I'm not sure it will appeal to a lot of middle schoolers. There's some great imagery, but the story doesn't grip you. It is only an introduction though, so maybe book two gets better. Copy provided by NetGalley and publisher.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Janie G

    The town of Alden has been under the control of dystopian militia, the Night Coats, for as long as everyone can remember. The Night Coats keep Alden safe from the dangers of the Valley. Alidade Rose loves to explore the woods around Alden and always seems to run afoul of the Night Coats, she just can’t make herself follow all their oppressive rules. When she finds a magic lodge hidden in the woods her entire understanding of The Valley changes. Mapmakers and the Lost Magic sets a wonderful emphas The town of Alden has been under the control of dystopian militia, the Night Coats, for as long as everyone can remember. The Night Coats keep Alden safe from the dangers of the Valley. Alidade Rose loves to explore the woods around Alden and always seems to run afoul of the Night Coats, she just can’t make herself follow all their oppressive rules. When she finds a magic lodge hidden in the woods her entire understanding of The Valley changes. Mapmakers and the Lost Magic sets a wonderful emphasis on adventure and exploration. While Alidade is out in the woods around her town she learns about the land, plants, animals, and how they all come together to make a complete ecosystem. She also learns to treat the woods with care even though it doesn’t come naturally to her. Alidade is not only struggling with oppressive rules that dictate she cannot leave town, she is also struggling to process the death of her father and everywhere she goes in town reminds her of losing him. Mapmakers also focuses on Alidade’s personal journey to find her place in the world and do what is right for home. Alidade is lucky to have loyal friends and supportive family to help her along the way. The illustrations are lovely and the coloration of different settings was one of my favorite parts of this graphic novel. I loved the extras at the end of the book; it included a recipe, craft inspiration, and a drawing tutorial. These extras were a perfect addition as they conveyed the Mapmakers ideals of combining artistry and craftsmanship. While I adored the adventurous spirit of exploring the woods that makes Mapmakers a fun and original story, I didn’t enjoy the conflict with the Night Coats. The Night Coats were a somewhat hollow enemy, I think the same introduction to the series could have taken place without as much time dedicated to this dull Night Coats storyline (compared to the exploration/mapmaking storyline which was so much fun). The Night Coats’ authority in the narrative lacked the foundation that would make an entire town surrender to their rules. Everyone in Alden follows the Night Coats’ rules except Alidade, and the consequence for rule breaking is trash cleanup. It was hard to mesh that with the impression of an iron fist the narrative impressed. It left me with questions. Why were people so afraid of them? Why did they have to be so authoritative? Was Alden a prison, a workcamp, a place people chose to live? I imagine the Night Coats’ story will expand in future installments, but ultimately there was conflict in the way they were portrayed in this installment. The Night Coats claim they are protectors and guardians of the townspeople, but the townspeople hate them and Night Coats behave like generic evil meanies and even wear sinister bad guy clothes. Hopefully sequels in this series will not focus too much on the Night Coats narrative or rely on it to move the plot along, Alidade’s adventures and explorations finding ingredients and discovering elements that define a place were far more engaging details and that’s what sets this story apart. Ultimately Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is a delightful introduction to a new graphic novel series. This series has a lot of potential for fun adventures and exploration in future installments. It is a great fantasy adventure recommendation for fans of 5 Worlds and Amulet. I received a digital ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Mapmakers and the Lost Magic Author: Cameron Chittock, Amanda Castillo (Illustrator) Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...: middle grade readers, graphic novel, fantasy, environmentalism Publication Date: April 26, 2022 Genre: MG Graphic Novel Fantasy Age Relevance: 9+ (totalitarian government, environmentalism, parental death, grief, hurt animal) Explanation of Above: The book feature Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Mapmakers and the Lost Magic Author: Cameron Chittock, Amanda Castillo (Illustrator) Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...: middle grade readers, graphic novel, fantasy, environmentalism Publication Date: April 26, 2022 Genre: MG Graphic Novel Fantasy Age Relevance: 9+ (totalitarian government, environmentalism, parental death, grief, hurt animal) Explanation of Above: The book features an army that has taken over a town and is inflicting a totalitarian ran government on the native people. There is environmentalism shown and explained, as well as humans place in the ecosystem. There are mentions of parental death and grief, and there is are animals (a crane and some worms) hurt in the book. Publisher: Random House Graphic Pages: 256 Synopsis: For centuries, the Mapmakers kept peace in the Valley, but they've long since disappeared. Now the Night Coats hold power with an iron grip--there are only rules, punishments, and consequences. Until one night, on the run from the Night Coats (again), after breaking another rule (again), Alidade stumbles upon a secret door leading to a magical hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. There, she finds a map of her home and accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature called a memri who is meant to protect the Valley. Blue needs Alidade's help to find the Mapmakers and save the Valley from the Night Coats! But the Mapmakers are long gone. Alidade has a choice: leave the Valley like she's always wanted...or become a Mapmaker and save the only home she's ever known. This is the first book in a thrilling series of adventures where Alidade discovers the world around her as she goes on a fantastical journey. Review: The book is a new favorite of mine! I loved the story and how environmentalism was tied into the story, as well as how simple it was explained so children reading the book could understand it. The book also went into oppressive government control and how that can impact native inhabitants of an area. The book has amazing character development and the world building was amazing. The illustrations were well done and I loved it so much. I am hoping for a sequel so I can help save more Memris! The only issue I had with the book is that I thought some of the scenes were a bit quicker paced than others, but I think this would be perfect for a younger middle grade reader, especially one that is interested in the environment or natural science. Verdict: I absolutely loved this book! Highly recommend!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Claire Wrobel

    Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC! Middle grade fantasy graphic for kids who like adventure. Alidade is spunky and a go-getter, itching to break out of her small town to see the wider world. Her sidekick and best friend Lewis is happy hanging out with the quilter's club and is a responsible dude. Alidade accidentally discovers a magical doorknob in the forest that leads to the old Mapmakers Lodge, where she sets free a Memri named Blue whose job is to protect the village from people li Thank you to NetGalley for providing an eARC! Middle grade fantasy graphic for kids who like adventure. Alidade is spunky and a go-getter, itching to break out of her small town to see the wider world. Her sidekick and best friend Lewis is happy hanging out with the quilter's club and is a responsible dude. Alidade accidentally discovers a magical doorknob in the forest that leads to the old Mapmakers Lodge, where she sets free a Memri named Blue whose job is to protect the village from people like the Night Coats. But before Blue can help restore the village to its former glory, Alidade must uncover a secret about the town's history. Despite the serious-sounding summary, this book is upbeat and lighthearted. Blue's disgruntled nature at the beginning was probably my favorite part. I did like the overall book but thought some aspects remained unexplained or were unnecessary. For example, the truth of what happened to Alidade's dad is mentioned several times but never explained. Considering his death/absence play a key role in her desire to leave the town, I feel like that should have been fleshed out more. Also, the theme of Alidade and Lewis working in the pit seemed pointless to the overall plot. I can see how it was used to introduce the mosquitoes and build tension between them and the Night Coats, but I can also see kids abandoning this book during this boring pit-cleaning part. The magic of this world was more explained in the official summary than the actual book. The reader is not given an explanation about the world's magic. I think it would have been simpler if the concept of a Memri was taken out and Blue was just explained as a protector who loved this piece of land. We also have no idea about the previous Mapmakers and how they protected the land or why they were important. I think a flashback scene at the beginning would have been helpful for that.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children's for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is book one in a graphic novel series(?) by Cameron Chittock and Amanda Castillo. The story follows Alidade and her best friend Lewis as they travel beyond the boundary of their small town. Their town is under the control of an organization called the Night Coats. Alidade and Lewis are constantly getting caught breaking rules set forth by the Night Coats Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children's for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review! Mapmakers and the Lost Magic is book one in a graphic novel series(?) by Cameron Chittock and Amanda Castillo. The story follows Alidade and her best friend Lewis as they travel beyond the boundary of their small town. Their town is under the control of an organization called the Night Coats. Alidade and Lewis are constantly getting caught breaking rules set forth by the Night Coats and when they catch the pair they let the entire town know this is the final warning. Unbeknownst to Lewis, Alidade found a mysterious doorknob on a tree when they were trying to flee. She sneaks out later that knight to find out that the tree is actually a lodge hidden in plain sight. And thus our journey begins.... This was such a gem of a graphic novel. The art work was pleasant and shown in a style that felt very warm. The story kept me very interested, even though this is a middle grade level graphic novel. It provides such a wholesome message about both the environment and how going against the grain can be important for societal progress. The pacing was honestly perfect, which was a wonderful surprise. Normally graphic novels are either lightening fast or painfully drug out, but not this one. The reader was given time to get to know and care about the characters. I was especially thrilled to see that not only is there going to potentially be a sequel, but there's also extras at the end! The inclusion of a recipe, drawing tutorial, and quilting tips were such an unexpected surprise! Mapmakers and the Lost Magic was overall a very charming graphic novel and I will be preordering it for sure! Here's hoping for a sequel!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    An adorable start to a beautiful story. Alidade stumbles upon a secret doorway in the woods that leads to a magical hideaway for the Mapmakers. But the Mapmakers are all gone now and can't keep the peace in the Valley. Alidade finds a map of her home in the lodge and accidentally brings Blue, a memri meant to protect the Valley, to life. Blue needs help saving the Valley from the Night Coats (overlords). And maybe Alidade isn't meant to just leave the Valley, but rather to save it as a Mapmaker. T An adorable start to a beautiful story. Alidade stumbles upon a secret doorway in the woods that leads to a magical hideaway for the Mapmakers. But the Mapmakers are all gone now and can't keep the peace in the Valley. Alidade finds a map of her home in the lodge and accidentally brings Blue, a memri meant to protect the Valley, to life. Blue needs help saving the Valley from the Night Coats (overlords). And maybe Alidade isn't meant to just leave the Valley, but rather to save it as a Mapmaker. This book was a lot of fun! Alidade, Lewis, and Blue are all very realistic (although obviously Blue is also a magical creature, so maybe it's hard to say anything about him). We get to see them being brave and trying to save there home. I enjoyed seeing the villagers and how they might behave under the rule of powerful overlords. The illustrations are also beautiful. I think this series is going to be really good and I look forward to seeing the next volume be released. This book was a lot about set up and world-building, but it was still fun to read. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Graphic for providing an advanced copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Alidade Rose has a penchant for getting into trouble, chiefly for her wanderlust. She's determined to leave her small town of Alden in the dust. When she stumbles on a doorknob that opens into a whole different world belonging to the Mapmakers, the long-gone peacemakers who once kept the region safe, and brings a Memri named Blue to life, she enlists her best friend, Lewis Briar, in her efforts. Blue patiently waits for Alidade to realize what she needs to do and find the materials needed to suc Alidade Rose has a penchant for getting into trouble, chiefly for her wanderlust. She's determined to leave her small town of Alden in the dust. When she stumbles on a doorknob that opens into a whole different world belonging to the Mapmakers, the long-gone peacemakers who once kept the region safe, and brings a Memri named Blue to life, she enlists her best friend, Lewis Briar, in her efforts. Blue patiently waits for Alidade to realize what she needs to do and find the materials needed to succeed, but the young girl makes several mistakes and missteps. Eventually, though, she finds her way and learns that there's more to Alden that she had ever realized. I liked the story well enough, but I'd have liked more details about the Night Coats, who seem to have the town in their thrall, but how and why? Maybe some of this will be revealed in the next installment of the series. Middle grade readers will probably be satisfied with what they find here, but much of it seemed rather familiar to other stories I've read. The images in this graphic novel are clear, easy to read, and use attractive colors to support the story and build the characters and setting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    This is an odd little story. At first it seemed like it would be straightforward: Alidade, a young girl of the village, wants to leave. You assume that she will learn "there is no place like home" but it quickly takes a turn for the slightly darker. There are the guards that stop anyone from leaving the village, they curb individuality, and are controlled by a woman who (due to illustrations placing her in stereotypical villain poses, giving accent to her sneers, and how she's dressed) oozes fal This is an odd little story. At first it seemed like it would be straightforward: Alidade, a young girl of the village, wants to leave. You assume that she will learn "there is no place like home" but it quickly takes a turn for the slightly darker. There are the guards that stop anyone from leaving the village, they curb individuality, and are controlled by a woman who (due to illustrations placing her in stereotypical villain poses, giving accent to her sneers, and how she's dressed) oozes false charm and of course, "Hey I'm the Bad Guy" vibes. When Alidade accidentally wakes ancient magic, things start to go towards a more "the village keeps its head down and won't rebel, but when the right time happens, cue the Rebels!" Yet, the story is solidly slowly building, having Alidade learn how much she doesn't know, and then the rebellion. It is less action than discovery. Ages 10 and up are the best readers, as they will enjoy the story, with older readers and adults picking up on the metaphors and message. Possible sequels/companion novels.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dang

    Adventure, mapmaking, and secrets all come together in this fantastic story about one girl who dreams about more. In a town that resides in the Valley, Mapmakers have vanished and so have their magic, now the town is ruled by the Night Coats who heavily enforce rules and do not want the old magic to come back or for the people to leave. Alidade dreams about leaving her town and seeing the world, but unfortunately for her she keeps getting in trouble with the Night Coats, and on one particularly Adventure, mapmaking, and secrets all come together in this fantastic story about one girl who dreams about more. In a town that resides in the Valley, Mapmakers have vanished and so have their magic, now the town is ruled by the Night Coats who heavily enforce rules and do not want the old magic to come back or for the people to leave. Alidade dreams about leaving her town and seeing the world, but unfortunately for her she keeps getting in trouble with the Night Coats, and on one particularly occasion while running away she finds a magical door in the woods that leads her to the hideaway that belongs to the Mapmakers. She accidentally brings to life Blue, a magical creature that was meant to protect the Valley but has been forgotten. Now Alidade must decide if she wants to remain low or finally seize the magic that is in front of her and change her town. This was a fun read and the artwork was nice. I look forward to where the story continues! *Thanks Netgalley and Random House Children's, Random House Graphic for sending me an arc in exchange for an honest review*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    really fun!! I immediately became attached to the main characters and I was very invested in their friendship and their individual growth. plus, the minor characters got a decent amount of characterisation as well, which is always nice :) the art is absolutely lovely, with a textured, woodsy feel and cosy colours that make the valley feel just as homey as it would to alidade, lewis, and the other residents of their village. if I had one critique, it'd be that there are times where just pushing th really fun!! I immediately became attached to the main characters and I was very invested in their friendship and their individual growth. plus, the minor characters got a decent amount of characterisation as well, which is always nice :) the art is absolutely lovely, with a textured, woodsy feel and cosy colours that make the valley feel just as homey as it would to alidade, lewis, and the other residents of their village. if I had one critique, it'd be that there are times where just pushing the expressions or poses a liiiiittle bit more would make the panels they belong to hit a lot harder- and there were also a few times where the expressions drawn felt slightly disconnected from the dialogue or the feelings being experienced, and it took me out of the immersion a little bit as a first book, though, the author and illustrator did wonderfully, and I'm very excited to see where the story will go next :D

  22. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved the illustration style generally and the refuge cabin specifically. I love treehouses in stories, and this was like that; cozy, hidden away in nature, safe, and magical (like the tent Hermione kept in a handbag in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the whole Weasley family fit into it at the Quidditch World Cup). There is a lot left unsaid in this story, but we can learn more in the next book - there's enough going on to keep readers interested, just a little bit of magic, not too mu I loved the illustration style generally and the refuge cabin specifically. I love treehouses in stories, and this was like that; cozy, hidden away in nature, safe, and magical (like the tent Hermione kept in a handbag in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the whole Weasley family fit into it at the Quidditch World Cup). There is a lot left unsaid in this story, but we can learn more in the next book - there's enough going on to keep readers interested, just a little bit of magic, not too much, and some dastardly plot we don't quite understand yet. The main character and her sidekick are very sweet to one another, and are steadfast. I enjoyed it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Just started and finished reading this amazing middle grade graphic novel “Mapmakers and the lost magic” by Cameron Chittock and illustrated by Amanda Castillo. The basic story is in a dystopian time, people are kept in their place by the Night Coats, who make sure they stay in their town, and do not stray. There is no outside world, and once they realize that, the better. But Alidad wants to leave the valley, and so despite being punished for going outside of the town limits, she insists on doi Just started and finished reading this amazing middle grade graphic novel “Mapmakers and the lost magic” by Cameron Chittock and illustrated by Amanda Castillo. The basic story is in a dystopian time, people are kept in their place by the Night Coats, who make sure they stay in their town, and do not stray. There is no outside world, and once they realize that, the better. But Alidad wants to leave the valley, and so despite being punished for going outside of the town limits, she insists on doing it again, as she saw a door in a tree, and feels she needs to explore. That that is how she comes to find a memri, who used to protect the valley. Sweet cute book, about working hard, and thinking, and not giving up.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    When all she wants is to see the world, Alidade is stuck within the town of Alden’s limits. The Night Coats are the overseers and the townsfolk just worker bees. But when a magical doorknob appears on a tree in the forest, a world of magic opens up and the real adventure begins. I loved the characters in Mapmakers and the Lost Magic. We have Alidade who never takes no for an answer, Lewis who will always be her friend, no matter what, and there’s Blue, the Memri, a magical animal that guides the When all she wants is to see the world, Alidade is stuck within the town of Alden’s limits. The Night Coats are the overseers and the townsfolk just worker bees. But when a magical doorknob appears on a tree in the forest, a world of magic opens up and the real adventure begins. I loved the characters in Mapmakers and the Lost Magic. We have Alidade who never takes no for an answer, Lewis who will always be her friend, no matter what, and there’s Blue, the Memri, a magical animal that guides them. Together they hope to bring back the lost art of Mapmaking and stop the Night Coats. I really enjoyed the story. It was so full of magic and adventure, as well as an underlying meaning about finding yourself, which definitely put a smile on my face.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    It's a curious graphic novel because it has a message but there needs to be a little more substance in the story to be a complete picture. It's an ecological adventure- two kids living in a society that keeps them locked down and surveilled. Alidade though wants more and discovers a door into a tree and a map and a bird that was from the past and explained how the past and the bird were a lost community that the new community has tried to wipe away, which becomes a quest for what was wiped away. It's a curious graphic novel because it has a message but there needs to be a little more substance in the story to be a complete picture. It's an ecological adventure- two kids living in a society that keeps them locked down and surveilled. Alidade though wants more and discovers a door into a tree and a map and a bird that was from the past and explained how the past and the bird were a lost community that the new community has tried to wipe away, which becomes a quest for what was wiped away. It's too brief but as mentioned, has a message so it works it's just not as memorable as it could have been.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Vince

    I Love myself a graphic novel especially when it is a Middle Grade so I was excited to see Mapmakers and the Lost Magic so I signed up. A Big Thanks to TBR Tours & Beyond for giving me a spot and to the publisher for sending me an E-Arc. I liked the Main Characters Alidade and Lewis who were like chalk and cheese. She wanted adventure and He wanted the quiet life but their friendship was so on point. I did like the initial story but found that it was missing a lot of elements that could of lifted I Love myself a graphic novel especially when it is a Middle Grade so I was excited to see Mapmakers and the Lost Magic so I signed up. A Big Thanks to TBR Tours & Beyond for giving me a spot and to the publisher for sending me an E-Arc. I liked the Main Characters Alidade and Lewis who were like chalk and cheese. She wanted adventure and He wanted the quiet life but their friendship was so on point. I did like the initial story but found that it was missing a lot of elements that could of lifted this novel. For instance the memri tells Alidade and Lewis that the mapmakers were long gone and it was accepted. I would of love to known who these mapmakers were, why did the night coats take over Alden? Were the mapmakers magical? Why did the Night Coats rely so heavily on the villagers working in the Brick Pit and finally what actually happened to Alidade's dad? If these elements were included into the story this graphic novel would of been epic. Best thing about the book was the artwork was stunning but my only quibble would be the script I found it at times difficult to read on a computer screen. I have the understanding that this will be a series but it will be a series which I will not be continuing but I wish the author and artist well. For all these reasons I am giving the Mapmakers and the Lost Magic 3 stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    An interesting story about a lost river in the town of Alden, where two kids' persistence and adventurousness work to find a new balance in a town run by the strict Night Coats. Alidade and Lewis find a mysterious creature who guides them in the skills of the Mapmakers as they set out to save the town. The illustrations are beautiful, though a bit more muted in color than I had expected from the cover. The story was accessible and interesting, and definitely appropriate for middle grades readers. An interesting story about a lost river in the town of Alden, where two kids' persistence and adventurousness work to find a new balance in a town run by the strict Night Coats. Alidade and Lewis find a mysterious creature who guides them in the skills of the Mapmakers as they set out to save the town. The illustrations are beautiful, though a bit more muted in color than I had expected from the cover. The story was accessible and interesting, and definitely appropriate for middle grades readers.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    Middle grade students will enjoy this novel. I read it alongside my 9 year old and while the story is not as complex as some, nor is the magic system elaborated on, there is a lot of room for joy, good friends and family, and the desire to make things right. It's a sweet cute book about doing the right thing, even if it's against the rules. About thinking for yourself and about looking forward instead of putting your head down and drudging along. These are all great lessons - whether you are 8 o Middle grade students will enjoy this novel. I read it alongside my 9 year old and while the story is not as complex as some, nor is the magic system elaborated on, there is a lot of room for joy, good friends and family, and the desire to make things right. It's a sweet cute book about doing the right thing, even if it's against the rules. About thinking for yourself and about looking forward instead of putting your head down and drudging along. These are all great lessons - whether you are 8 or 80!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emma Hill

    Beautifully illustrated, this book was a joy to read. Wanting to escape her oppressed village Alidade finds the tools she needs to save it. With guidance from friends new and old she learns the value of respecting nature, her community, and history. In turn Alidade teaches her fellow villagers how to stand up for themselves and together they can overcome adversity. I'm excited to see where Alidade's journey takes her. Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Children’s for this advanced reading copy Beautifully illustrated, this book was a joy to read. Wanting to escape her oppressed village Alidade finds the tools she needs to save it. With guidance from friends new and old she learns the value of respecting nature, her community, and history. In turn Alidade teaches her fellow villagers how to stand up for themselves and together they can overcome adversity. I'm excited to see where Alidade's journey takes her. Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Children’s for this advanced reading copy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anneliese Grassi

    This one definitely had its ups and downs. I loved the artwork, which was perfectly done for the storyline. The main character was spunky and quite the explorer/rule breaker. She knew what she wanted and went for it despite any kind of rules. Her best friend, although not happy about it, followed along and did what she said. Sometimes I would get lost on what was happening, but the gorgeous pics kept me going. Overall a good read and I look forward to the see what this duo comes up with next!

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