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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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* "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

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* "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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545418739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545418737
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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As a teacher and as a geek parent, it's one of my jobs to find graphic novels that appeal to kids that are also readable and enjoyable for adults. It seems like that should be easy enough, but too many of the "adult" books indulge in over-the-top violence, sex, or language that we all use, but you wouldn't necessarily recommend to young readers. One of the more reliable authors and artists for "all ages" comics has been Doug TenNapel. Most famous for his creation "Earthworm Jim," I've also enjoyed three of his recent books, "Ghostopolis," "Bad Island," and now "Cardboard."

Like the others, "Cardboard" features a young protagonist with a family in turmoil. Cam's dad is unemployed, and his mom died a few years ago. It's been a rough patch for his dad , who's so broke that Cam's birthday present is...a box. An empty cardboard box. Now, growing up, we had some lean times, and goodness knows I've had my fun with empty cardboard boxes...but this sucks. Cam makes the best of it, and he and his Awfully Handy dad build a boxer out of the box. Bill the Boxer, standing in the living room...until he comes to life. Seems that the cardboard that Dad bought from the odd man on the side of the road will bring to life whatever you build out of it. In this case, a boxer. Bill's friendly, and eager, and wants to become a "real man" like Cam and Dad.

From this point the story expands. If you can build anything out of cardboard and have it become a living thing, what are the limits? They start by building smaller things with the scraps, but quickly run out of cardboard. They come up with an ingenious solution, one that puts them on the road to unlimited possibilities. If they're able to make anything, are there ethical constraints?
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