Cardboard

Cardboard

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by Doug TenNapel
     
 

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When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Cam's down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it's the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus

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When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.

Cam's down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it's the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Kristin Fletcher-Spear
For his son, Cam's, birthday, Mike picks up a cardboard box from an old man on the side of the road. He knows it is the worst birthday present ever, but being out of work limits his ability to provide. Cam makes the best of it when he and his dad make a champion boxer out of it. Once finished, the cardboard boxer comes to life. When a neighbor steals the rest of the cardboard and creates an army of evil monsters from his imagination, it will be up to Mike, Cam, and Bill the boxer have to save the neighborhood from the cardboard world that is threatening to take them over. Tennapel has consistently provided quality stand-alone graphic novels and this one is no exception. While the full-color story has depth which may pass over the heads of the younger readers—such as Mike's struggle to move on from his wife's passing—it has a fabulous fantasy adventure story that will appeal to many types of readers. Tennapel's graphic novels cross over the age range of tween and teen readers and fill a needed hole in tween graphic novel collections. Reviewer: Kristin Fletcher-Spear
Kirkus Reviews
An out-of-the-box story of golems, guys and guts. Though dealing with the recent death of his mother, Cam and his father are trying to make the best of a difficult time. Currently unemployed and virtually penniless, Cam's father buys him the only birthday present he can afford: a cardboard box. From the get-go, it is apparent that this is no ordinary cardboard: It comes with a list of rules, which Cam's father casually dismisses. In an attempt to make the bland box more exciting, his father fashions a cardboard man, a boxer he names Bill, who undergoes a Pinocchiolike transformation and becomes a loyal friend. The animated man catches the interest of menacing Marcus, a well-off, wide-eyed, fish-lipped bully, who steals the cardboard for his own malicious intent. When Marcus' plans go horribly, terribly awry, he discovers that he needs one thing that money can't buy: a friend to help him. TenNapel's story is edge-of-your-seat exciting, but what really drives home this clever outing are the added complexities and thought-provoking questions it asks of its reader, specifically examining what constitutes "good" and "bad," and how to change how one is labeled. The result? An exceptionally seamless blend of action and philosophy, two elements that usually do not mix easily; TenNapel handles this masterfully. Utterly brilliant. (Graphic fantasy. 10 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545418720
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
629,615
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
GN300L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created the immensely popular Earthworm Jim. Doug's first graphic novel for Scholastic, GHOSTOPOLIS, was a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and his follow-up, BAD ISLAND, is a 2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens as well as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011. His most recent graphic novel from Scholastic, CARDBOARD, has been published to critical acclaim. Doug lives in Glendale, California.

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Cardboard 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Misha2219 More than 1 year ago
Purchased for my 10 year old son per his request. He read it in two days. Loved that he enjoys reading. I know that this is a book the school library recommended for his grade to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was such a great book. I was so caught up in it I read it in three hours!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book.