Graphic Novel Review: Cardboard

Graphic Novel Review: CardboardCardboard by Doug TenNapel
on August 1st 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 288
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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!

Plot: I was completely drawn into the story of Cardboard, where a single dad is trying to look for a birthday present for his son with little to no money. So when a man gives him a cardboard box with some weird rules, he’s not sure what to think. Cam, however, pretends to love the gift and together they make a cardboard man, which later on comes alive. But already, the rules are forgotten and the neighborhood bully catches wind of cardboard coming to life and steals it, making himself a cardboard duplicator and then an army of cardboard men. Soon it spins out of control and Cam must find a way to stop the cardboard from taking over their neighborhood.

Characters: I absolutely love Cam, who really cares for his dad and is at the point of understanding that they can’t afford much of anything. I love his dad’s clueless nature when it comes to the woman next door, who may be a more minor character but I find she has great strength in her. Marcus, the bully, even has his own redemable qualities, especially as the story plays out. He’s a spoiled kid who is constantly ignored by his family.

Graphics: The illustrations of this book are amazing. I have read a couple of Doug’s other books and I just love looking at the graphics. There’s something so beautiful about a full color graphic novel.

Final Verdict: A great story that I can’t seem to keep on my shelf at school. I believe they enjoy the adventure and magic in this graphic novel as much as I do.

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