Cardboard by Doug Tennapel
August 2012 $12.99
Ages 10 to 14
Grade 5 Paperback / softback Juvenile Fiction / Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.
After Cam's down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday, they fashion it into a man and it comes magically to life. But things spin wildly out of control when the neighborhood bully, Marcus, steals a scrap of the cardboard to create creatures that promptly disobey his orders and multiply into an unruly army. Before long, Cam and Marcus must put their differences behind them and work together to prevent a legion of cardboard monsters from taking over the whole town!
Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created Earthworm Jim, a character who would go on to star in video games, toy lines, and cartoon series. Doug is an Eisner award-winning artist, and his first graphic novel for Scholastic, GHOSTOPOLIS, is a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens. His most recent graphic novel from Scholastic, BAD ISLAND, has been published to critical acclaim. Doug lives in Glendale, California, with his wife and four children.
What we thought:
I have actually never read a graphic novel before this one! I didn't know quite what to expect! What I got was a page-turning story I couldn't put down, that literally kept me up at night! The pictures are remarkably detailed and make the characters in the story seem more life-like. I felt as if I knew them. The story itself didn't bore me not once, and I am now looking into reviewing other titles like this, and by the same author!
This book isn't slated for release until August, but you should definitely give it a look-through, especially if you get into graphic novels. I could see this being appropriate for pre-teen boy's perhaps even older. I myself get into a ton of YA, even better than I get into book that are supposed to be age appropriate for me.
This book was quite long, but since it is not filled with text (mostly pictures) , it actually read faster than I thought it would and I finished it in two insomniac nights!
Overall I give it 5 stars out of 5, and would absolutely recommend this book to you.
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