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Cardboard Paperback – August 1, 2012
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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.
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
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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. She insisted this be a book that we took turns reading as opposed to me reading it all to her (although she did like the accents I gave the different characters when I read).
Within three days we had read the entire book. Since I bought it about a month ago, she has read it herself twice more. She takes the book with her on trips. She told me that NOW she loves books. Finally she is making good use of all the great books I have purchased for her over the years. I'd like to thank the author and illustrator and Amazon for changing my daughters opinions about books. I am one happy Momma!