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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545418739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545418737
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 3.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-6-Cam's unemployed father can only afford a cardboard box for his son's birthday present. However, this cardboard is special: it animates itself. A cardboard boxer becomes a man called Bill, a magic cardboard machine actually spits out new pieces of magic cardboard, and a figure of Cam's dead mother chastises his father for not moving on. This cardboard powerfully projects the thoughts and desires of its users and becomes dangerous when Cam's wealthy, spoiled neighbor, Marcus, uses it to create an army of monsters. Rich colors printed on glossy pages, along with dramatic cuts between panels, give the comic a cinematic feel, and the illustrations' sharp angles and sinewy lines are striking. This action-filled adventure is not only highly entertaining, but also contains provocative points about the power of imagination. The ending, in which a reformed Marcus has shed his goth stylings and Cam's father has found a job and a girlfriend, is a little too tidy, but this is a thoughtful and gripping read.-Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Praise for Bad Island

*"A clever, old-fashioned adventure with some modern twists and a light-hearted tone, this, like TenNapel's previous work, is not to be missed." — Booklist, starred review

"An exciting alien adventure." — Publishers Weekly

Praise for Ghostopolis

*"TenNapel's colorful illustrations are filled with energy and life." — School Library Journal, starred review

"Creepy details, quick quips and a wry, deadpan humor are sure to delight." — Kirkus Reviews


More About the Author

When I was in 6th grade, I thought I wanted to be an animator. But doing 24 drawings to make a character take two steps across the room was more an act of micro management than an exploration of life. I told stories through movies, video games and television cartoons before finding paradise in the art form of making books.

I'm 6'8" so that makes me stand out of the crowd in a literal sense. My artwork naturally followed suite by coming out a little off center. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to sell out just a little bit more and fit in better with the crowd. If I was happy sticking out I wouldn't spend so much time slouching. But I can no more write different books than I can stop being 6'8".

Once you know that I'm a convinced Christian, married 20 years to the most amazing woman I've ever met and trying to be a good father to four kids that are every bit as miraculously unique as you are, there isn't much more to learn about me. Okay, that and I like newts. Wait, and that I read G.K. Chesterton and smoke a pipe every Sunday afternoon with my friends. Hold on, I also ran two Marathons this year, mostly because I didn't think I could do it. I play loud music from the 70s when I write and listen to lectures while I draw. There's nothing better than ice cream buried in caramel.

http://tennapel.tumblr.com/post/22060513332/doug-tennapel-books

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A story with heart and incredible imagination.
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Doug Tennapel's graphic novel CARDBOARD is an impressive work of story and art, and is best consumed being read to a favorite kid.
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Highly recommended to everyone who likes Doug Tennapel's books or the quality graphics novels.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nate on July 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Plain and simply, this is one of the best graphic novels I have read in years. It's a very fun story, told with gorgeous artwork- and it's suitable for readers of all ages. It also promotes a solid and poignant message, which helps to ground the story. I definitely recommend buying this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By myegosego11 on December 4, 2012
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When I was a youngster, I loved to read! I spent most of the money I earned on books, you couldn't keep me out of the library until I had so many books, I created my own library at home. My daughter is 7 and despite the thousands of dollars I have probably spent on books, she doesn't seem to take a similar interest as I had at her age. Thankfully, "Cardboard" changed all that.

I stumbled on this book; not sure what I was looking for at the time but Oh So Thankful I happened upon this gem. I looked over the preview of the book to ensure that it wouldn't be too advanced for her and I really enjoyed the story line of the struggling single father trying to make ends meet while providing the "extras" for his son. The graphics were really fun. My daughter has never read a comic book so to have this nearly 300 page book as her first was going to be interesting.

Once I had ordered the book, I showed my daughter the preview on Amazon to ask her what she thought. Immediately, she took to it, wanting to "Look Inside" again and again. When the book arrived I received even greater confirmation that I had made a good purchase. My daughter was enthusiastic despite this being a book seemingly geared more towards boys. Now my daughter is more of a princess type then a tomboy and she LOVED this book.

I guarantee if I it weren't for me forcing her to call it a night and save some of the story for the next night, we probably would have read the entire book (all 270+ pages)in one night!

I was worried that it might be too "scary" for her but she was fine with it; worried the words may be too advanced, she did very well in reading it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellis Goodson on July 30, 2012
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CARDBOARD is about a Father and Son. Both trying hard to deal with the recent passing of the Mom in the family.
It's a huge story that stretches out into all sorts of fantastical realms. There's a Golem type angle with the creation of a good hearted creature, a man made of Cardboard. Magic cardboard.
Sold to the poor, flat broke Dad for pocket change by a mysterious man who gives the Dad rules about using this Cardboard that absolutely must not be broken. Of course those rules get broken.
The catalyst for disaster is the mirror image of the good son. A kid with all the advantages and a very bad attitude. A need to hurt people. His magic Cardboard misuse becomes a self propagating black magic that threatens to overwhelm and destroy the world.
But against all odds, the good and the bad family, including the cardboard man, fight their way to the heart of the expanding Cardboard Hell. Creative monsters straight from the id of the bad kid leap at them at every turn.
A story with a lot of heart by a master storyteller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fabián Fucci on September 8, 2013
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Very neat presentation, outstanding printing quality! The story might appear simple yet the graphics, color, and pace is awesome, makes you want to keep reading till the end. Storytelling flows continuously without the need of fillers, with a dedicated attention to relationships among characters (especially Father and Son, Father and Girl Next Door).

A touching story that mixes elements from the real, everyday world with those brought up by imagination. Definitely one of my best buys!

And all - if you are in the know - within the spirit of Earthworm Jim! :-D
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara K. Brabant on June 25, 2013
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Doug TenNapel is so funny and endearing, a little naughty and very sweet. My son loved Cardboard, I loved it, your kids will love it! (But try to do the voices, it makes it more fun & his characters are so uniquely drawn they're tailor made for their own special voice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joshua S. Taylor on May 17, 2013
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A near perfect story with heart warming message. While I haven't read all the books he has done I'm a big fan of Doug Tennapal's work. He is great here at weaving a story that not only is funny, lively, action-packed, and intriguing; but most importantly, a story that matters. Is there anything else greater than that you can ask from a book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Henigin on May 12, 2013
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I bought this to read to my 7yo daughter. I was pleasantly surprised at the creativity of the story. I figured that the story would be typically predictable, but every step of the plot was fresh and interesting and drew me through to the end. This is one of my daughter's favourite book right now, now she wants me to buy more Doug Tennapel books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Burns on May 6, 2013
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This graphic novel was much better than I expected. As it was passed around by my four children, each one enjoyed it, despite their differing ages--12-22. I also enjoyed it, even though at first, I thought it was going to be too strange for my taste. It actually is very interesting and intriguing.
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