Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cardboard: A graphic novel review

By Doug TenNapel
On Goodreads
Graphix, copyright 2012

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!

~Goodreads Description~

Unable to afford a birthday gift for his son Cam, Mike stumbles upon a side-of-the-road salesman who offers him an unusual present idea, a cardboard box.  Mike and Cam quickly find out that this is not your usual, run-of-the-mill kind of cardboard and the imagination can be a powerful, and terrifying, thing.

Loved Ghostopolis...LOVE LOVE Cardboard.  Doug TenNapel is a genius.  He crafts an amazing story and follows it up with beautiful illustrations.  The "villain", Marcus, reminds me a lot of Sid from Toy Story.  He's a little demented and creepy, but, unlike Sid, he's not sadistic.  And Cam is full of heart and spunk.  I liked everyone including the amazing cardboard creatures that fill each page.

If you're looking for a truly fun story with a lot of heart, check out Cardboard by Doug TenNapel.

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