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Cardboard Paperback – August 1, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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?Read more ›
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First book I bought from this author. It was excellent! I plan to get more of his books. If you are on the fence just get this book.Published 5 days ago by RDrops
I've read almost all of Doug's books, and while they are all beautifully, delightfully weird... Cardboard just might be the wonkiest of them all. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Gabe
My 10 yr old loved this book. Great graphic illustrations, funny and all around good read.Published 1 month ago by bejesusfamily
My son read this graphic novel, and felt that it was very good. The illustrations were extremity well done, and the story was unique and interesting.Published 1 month ago by csett
The drawings were so accurate and amazing it sometimes took me 2-3 min just to look at one page. Cardboard does have spectacular designs and drawing but it lacked plot and the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by DAR
My 4 year old daughter and I love Doug's line of work. Cardboard has a great story, some great action, and even some Philosophy of Mind thrown into the mix. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mike
My less enthusiatic readers (fourth graders) loved this title. It is action-packed and very creative. Accesible but not dumbed down. Exciting but not terrifying.Published 3 months ago by J. Bargar