The Cardboard Kingdom
Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters--and their own inner demons--on one last quest before school starts again.In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be--imagine that!

The Cardboard Kingdom Details

TitleThe Cardboard Kingdom
Author
ReleaseJun 5th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781524719371
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Lgbt

The Cardboard Kingdom Review

  • Betsy
    January 1, 1970
    The other day I listened to a very interesting speaker as she defined in crystal clear terms the words “equality” and “equity”. Simply put, “equality” is leveling the playing field and “equity” is getting the same end results. And, as with all things, I turn to the world of children’s literature to see how this applies to the books we’re handing kids. We’re seeing a small increase in the number of books for children that feature groups that have been historically pushed to the side and/or ignore The other day I listened to a very interesting speaker as she defined in crystal clear terms the words “equality” and “equity”. Simply put, “equality” is leveling the playing field and “equity” is getting the same end results. And, as with all things, I turn to the world of children’s literature to see how this applies to the books we’re handing kids. We’re seeing a small increase in the number of books for children that feature groups that have been historically pushed to the side and/or ignored entirely in literature. And, inevitably, since we’re dealing with literature for children, a lot of that stuff is heavy-handed, didactic, and clunky with its messaging. Or, far far worse, not fun. There is no way to turn a child off a message faster than boring them to death with it. Do that and not only do you fail to instill in them any sense of the world in which we live, but you could turn them off of reading as well. How to face this foe? Enter comics to save the day! Specifically, enter The Cardboard Kingdom. You want inclusion? You want diversity? You want positive messages so wrapped up in a bubble of colorful high-octane fun that you swallow the whole pill with glee and beg for more? Chad Sell and his cadre of clever writers are here and they might just be the wave of the future we’ve been waiting for. Consider the cardboard box. Easily accessible. Available. The perfect tool of children everywhere. Consider its applications. With a cardboard box you can cut and reform it into anything. The headdress of an evil enchanter. The enchanted sword of a knight. A monster. A dragon. The possibilities are endless. In a suburban neighborhood, a large group of children have created a whole other world. They can be anyone they want to be. The boy with a violent father becomes a nighttime vigilante, protecting his home. The girl with a big voice becomes a she-hulk of epic proportions. The boy in desperate need of becoming someone powerful and awesome transforms into a gorgeous sorceress. There are robots, scribes, mad scientists, beasts, anything you want to be is possible. Every home has its challenges. Even a world as beautiful as this has to deal with bullies. But in this little cardboard kingdom, every kid belongs. Particularly the ones reading this book.When I was a kid I read a lot of old Doonesbury comic strip collections. And sure, I didn’t get a lot out of the sections involving the White House, but when it came to a group of friends living together in a commune, I was entranced. For me, this represented a kind of idealized world. Lots of friends living with you all the time, each person with their own particular quirks and kicks. I got a very similar feeling when I read The Cardboard Kingdom except instead of a 1970s commune, we’re dealing with an extended neighborhood filled to brimming with kids who are all approximately the same age. Even without the inclusion and diversity on show here (and it is present and accounted for), that is already an idealized situation. Because Sell’s art is so enticing, it would be easy to attribute this book’s success (no question, it will be successful) on just the art and the writing. Less obvious, but just as important, is the world it creates. Where kids create quests for other kids, cardboard is a substance that can pretty much be turned into anything, and no two children ever want to play the same character. Expect this book to be read, reread, re-re-read, and delved into on a pretty regular basis. On a preliminary read I found myself puzzled by something I discovered at the beginning of each section. Chad Sell’s name is featured prominently on the cover of this book and is mentioned with each mini story inside. Yet there was often another name listed next to his. Why? Turns out, this book was co-written, after a fashion, with ten other people. That, in and of itself, isn’t too surprising. Such collaborations have happened before. The tone of the book stays the same throughout too. At first I thought this was because all eleven people aligned their writing styles to make the book the best possible product. Later I discovered it had more to do with the fact that Sell is the driving force behind the project and the other writers are helping him mold and shape the characters. Character is key in this book, and for good reason. More than anything else, The Cardboard Kingdom is a short story collection ala Ray Bradbury’s fellow ode to kids in the summer Dandelion Wine. Coming up with tales as consistently good as this (I can honestly say there’s not a weak one in the bunch) is no mean feat. Now to be fair, because you have so many different writers, there are some interesting tropes that perhaps would have been avoided if there had been a single author. For example, moms are almost universally understanding in this book. Dads and grandparents? Significantly less so, though I think it’s fair to say that with the possible exception of Seth’s dad, no grown-up is beyond hope (and even he knows when he’s beat). But what’s going to draw kids in is the art. Chad Sell has this accessible style that’s inevitably going to be compared to Raina Telgemeier, what with its clean lines and bold colors (not sure who did the coloring on this book, but they should get extra points since they’re doing about 50% of the heavy lifting visually). You immediately grasp the internal logic of cardboard that can be turned into pretty much anything. This magical substance is without limit in Sell’s world, and we buy in completely. Couple that with the imaginative sequences. If you like the kids then you'll LOVE their alter egos (particularly that sassy Sorceress with the hips that just won’t stop). But getting beyond the glitz and glamour, the real lure here is Sell’s artistry as a storyteller. You need only look at his wordless sequences (and there are a LOT packed in here). Sometimes a story with dialogue will turn into a tale without a word and the transition is seamless. “The Big Banshee” is a great example of this. When Sophie is sad, all words disappear. Sell even silently shows the grandmother that silenced her, taming down her magnificent hair, an act that speaks volumes without a single syllable. None of this would have worked without Sell putting his heart and soul into each storyline. As with any anthology, it’s not like the book is flawless. That skill with wordless sequences I just lauded so highly does occasionally lead to confusion. The opening story with The Sorceress is a good example of this. It’s not essential, but it’s a pretty big point that The Sorceress is brought to life by a boy. This might partially account for why he’s so initially shocked and frightened when discovered by his neighbor. However, at that point in the book it’s easy to assume he’s a girl with short hair. To Sell’s credit this is quickly corrected in the second storyline, but it does speak to the problems that inevitably come up when you eschew words. Confusion is inevitable, but by no means a deal breaker. There has never been a time when there has been as much widespread acceptance (or, at the very least, tolerance) of dressing up as your favorite creature or character. Walk into any comic convention and instantly you’re in a space where people feel safe to live out their fantasies in as flamboyant a fashion as possible. Of course, they learn from the best. Kids are the true geniuses when it comes to full immersion into an alternate world. And children’s literature has always been in love with those kids that could wholly give into those imaginings. Everything from Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson to Doll Bones by Holly Black. And now that comics for kids have gained widespread acceptance, we’re taking that to the next logical level. We can see their imaginings and get just as wrapped up in their storylines as they do. Costumes are, naturally, just a nice bonus. So is the fact that for many The Cardboard Kingdom has the potential to become the norm. Imagine that.For ages 9-12.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This book just about made me cry! This is such a sweet, entertaining story that so many kids will enjoy - and the message of inclusiveness and being yourself is well-developed and age-appropriate without being preachy. A lot of fun!
  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, so I’ve been a fan of Chad Sell’s art for quite some time now, as I think most drag fans online probably are! And because I’m a fan of his art, and because I love to support queer artists whenever and however I can, I signed up to support Chad on Patreon towards the end of 2017, which has been one fantastic investment! I genuinely look forward every month to getting that envelope in the mail with my postcard sketches and prints, and even just interacting with Chad when I make my monthly cu Okay, so I’ve been a fan of Chad Sell’s art for quite some time now, as I think most drag fans online probably are! And because I’m a fan of his art, and because I love to support queer artists whenever and however I can, I signed up to support Chad on Patreon towards the end of 2017, which has been one fantastic investment! I genuinely look forward every month to getting that envelope in the mail with my postcard sketches and prints, and even just interacting with Chad when I make my monthly custom sketch request is always a pleasure! So of course as soon as I could I put in my preorder for The Cardboard Kingdom, and excitedly awaited its release date.I am so happy to say that The Cardboard Kingdom did not disappoint! It was adorable and fun and interesting and sweet, and I loved every bit of it. At face value it might seem like just another children’s book about kids having fun in the summer, dressing up and fighting imaginary monsters, what have you. But really, it’s so much more than that.Before I get into anything else, I would just like to say that the art in The Cardboard Kingdom was phenomenal. This was expected, of course, but somehow it still managed to blow me away, despite my high expectations! Each character was unique, down to the little details, and each page made me want to spend a while taking it all in. As someone who can barely put together a stick figure and whose artistic abilities are definitely more of the written variety, I’m always amazed (and so inspired!) by what visual artists can do!Now, to the story. I looked over The Cardboard Kingdom’s reviews on Amazon before typing up my own, and noticed a common theme: the reviewers’ children loved it. And yeah, it’s maybe technically a kids’ book. But here I am, 25 years old, writing a rave review for this kids’ book, and hoping I might inspire other adults to read it as well. While, yes, the story focuses on children having fun in the last days before summer break ends and school picks back up, the themes held within the pages are themes that anyone can relate to, no matter their age. Chad Sell himself actually said to me (in a comment on Instagram, when I posted about how much I was loving the book so far, despite it being “for” younger readers), “One of my great hopes is that the book is relatable and emotional for just about every reader”. And while, yes, I am just one adult reader, if you ask me, I think this book definitely accomplishes that goal.With such a varied cast of characters, kids of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds and personalities, there’s something in The Cardboard Kingdom for just about anyone. For kids, this is incredible because, put simply, representation matters. For a child to open up a book and see a character who looks like them, or who goes through the same struggles as them? That can be life-changing, and I’m not using hyperbole when I say that. What I wouldn’t give to have had such a book when I was a kid.Since it’s pride month, something that’s been weighing heavy in my mind lately is the fact that so many people have these fun little stories of moments in childhood or adolescence when they realized they were -insert LGBTQIA+ identity here-. It’s painful to see all those fun stories and realize that you don’t have one of your own, because instead, you spent most of your life trying to repress those feelings, telling yourself you were wrong for having them because that’s what you were taught to believe, and trying to “make yourself” be straight. In hindsight I can look back on moments and realize just how queer I really was when I was younger, and it’s bittersweet to think of how differently things might have turned out had my environment been different.And that’s where books like The Cardboard Kingdom come in. If younger me had read this book (and younger me loved to read- she would’ve adored this book even just at face value, never mind the deeper meaning!), she would’ve seen herself in so many of the pages. She would’ve seen herself in The Huntress, an adoring older sister to a younger brother. She would’ve seen herself in The Big Banshee, a girl who’s always just a little “too loud”, or a little “too much”. She would’ve seen herself in The Animal Queen with her adoration for all creatures, in The Blob for her “weird” ideas that no one else ever really seemed to get, in Professor Everything for her intelligence and difficulty making friends. Hell, younger me would’ve even seen herself in The Bully in some ways. And I really do think, with all that, that younger me would have felt a little less alone.Instead, I read The Cardboard Kingdom as an adult seeing younger me in all those characters, and I can’t deny that there were tears shed throughout the book as a result. When life gets rough (as it is frequently wont to do in adulthood), it can be so good and refreshing, once in a while, to just… take a break. Lay in bed and watch cartoons or kids’ movies for a while. Color in a coloring book. Eat a Popsicle and put together a puzzle. Or pick up a book about kids having fun in the summer and simply escape.I’d absolutely recommend picking up The Cardboard Kingdom for any children in your life, and/or for yourself.
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  • Shelle Perry
    January 1, 1970
    Epic Summer Fun The Cardboard Kingdom Illustrated by Chad Sell Written by  Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Manuel Betancourt, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Cloud Jacobs, Michael Cole, and Barbara Perez Marquez.  The Summer after fourth grade, my parents bought a refrigerator. It came in a giant cardboard box. That was the best summer ever. We had kids from all over the neighborhood come to play in our giant cardboard box. It was anything we wanted it to be and it was always fu Epic Summer Fun The Cardboard Kingdom Illustrated by Chad Sell Written by  Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Manuel Betancourt, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Cloud Jacobs, Michael Cole, and Barbara Perez Marquez.  The Summer after fourth grade, my parents bought a refrigerator. It came in a giant cardboard box. That was the best summer ever. We had kids from all over the neighborhood come to play in our giant cardboard box. It was anything we wanted it to be and it was always fun. In today’s world of electronic instant gratification, the concept seems absurd. Why go pretend a box is a fortress when, inside a video game, you can just build a fortress that actually looks just like a fortress. I am sad for the adventures of summer that seem long gone and just thrilled that there are still kid’s books out there that capture it. The Card Board Kingdom is a graphic novel about a neighborhood of 16 kids who with their imaginations and the help of some throwaway cardboard have the best adventures ever. Written by a number of authors and masterfully illustrated by artist Chad Sell, the book captures the essence of summer in a rather unique way. Mixed into the stories of epic quests of knights, mages, robots and the occasional innkeeper, are stories of real kids dealing with real issues. This novel is geared toward the middle grades, but the stories within are safe for and will appeal to readers of all ages. Younger grades will enjoy the fun adventures and costumes. Middle graders will relate to some of the darker undertones their younger cohorts might miss. Themes such as being the new kids in the neighborhood, difficulty making friends, bullying, parental separation, gender conformity, and domestic violence are woven into the story at a kid’s perception level. The stories show that life throws some curve balls, but kids do have a voice and the ability to have some control over their rapidly changing world. Older kids and adults will simply enjoy the nostalgia of days gone by when summer was all about having fun together with a bunch of friends or a bunch of soon to be friends. My particularly favorite stories are The Gargoyle, The Bully, and Professor Everything with his buddy The Scribe (who together remind me just a bit of my son). I giggled at the single-minded determination of The Alchemist and her solution to her troubles was simply epic in a way most adults could learn from. My heart broke for The Sorceress, who just wants to believe he can be magical, powerful and amazing. As a parent, I can guarantee that he, like all children, is that in spades. The whole book was a colorful adventure. For those who would like to follow up on the adventure, coloring book pages and costume designs from the book are available on Chad Sell’s websitehttps://chadsellcomics.com/thecardboa...
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  • Julie Kirchner
    January 1, 1970
    I liked that the content of this graphic novel could be enjoyed by younger readers, however, I’m not sure they would necessarily understand all that is going on in the story. So many inferences they would need to make! I enjoyed the book and the creativity it could bring out in kids who read it. I know our house has fun whenever there are good cardboard boxes sitting around!
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  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    This book celebrates imagination in a series of short graphic stories, some wordless, some not. It's fun to see the children's play change and develop. It will be fascinating to talk with readers about not just the children in the book, but also the adults.
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  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    What a creative and fun collection of graphic stories! This book is an ode to summer, imaginative play in a diverse neighborhood and the power of kids to build a world all their own. Fun, funny, and occasionally touching, I want to hand this to every kid.
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  • Kyla
    January 1, 1970
    What a joy to read! I love how these characters are fleshed out chapter by chapter. The storytelling is sweet and heartbreaking and innocent. A grand slam for all ages!
  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky to get this as an ARC and will be happy to place it in my libraries. This is a great graphic novel for younger kids that celebrates the imagination while addressing issues important to younger reader such as bullies, making friends and disagreements. It also touches on more difficult subjects like gender identity with a deft hand and normalizes lifestyles to which some kids may not have been exposed. The imagination of these you characters and the whimsical illustrations make this a I was lucky to get this as an ARC and will be happy to place it in my libraries. This is a great graphic novel for younger kids that celebrates the imagination while addressing issues important to younger reader such as bullies, making friends and disagreements. It also touches on more difficult subjects like gender identity with a deft hand and normalizes lifestyles to which some kids may not have been exposed. The imagination of these you characters and the whimsical illustrations make this a great book for all young readers but the graphic novel format and low word count will be especially great for struggling readers.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it so much!!! It captured the joy of summer break and neighborhood friends and playing pretend and was utterly delightful and poignant.
  • Kristen Thorp
    January 1, 1970
    So. Damn. Great.
  • Niki Marion
    January 1, 1970
    So lovely and pure and good! Looking more into the artists & writers collaborators--but this is a gem of a graphic novel about a neighborhood of kids with serious imaginations, crafting skilllzzzz, and the gift of active, dynamic supportiveness, one that they give to each other many times over.
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  • Karin
    January 1, 1970
    Really good. Each chapter stands alone as featuring one kid in the neighborhood and how they pick/develop the character they use in the collaborative/imaginative playspace of their backyards. Each kid is an individual and the story as a whole gently introduces a variety of family situations, pushes back on gender/identity issues, and is diverse and representative. I really liked it.
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  • Emma Andje
    January 1, 1970
    The Cardboard Kingdom is Phineas and Ferb meets Lumberjanes! This super diverse graphic novel tackles several issues grappling modern children including gender identity and bullying, and will inspire a plethora of extravagant summer adventures.I was given an ARC of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.
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  • Katie Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    In these short episodes Chad Sell and his collaborators create a wonderful neighborhood full of kids who use their imaginations & a lot of cardboard to bond and tackle any issue life throws their way. The kids of Cardboard Kingdom are dealing with younger siblings, bullies, struggles to make friends, budding crushes, competition versus teamwork, adult perceptions on behavior, gender roles/stereotypes, difficulties with imagination and parents separating. I loved that the young heroes dealt w In these short episodes Chad Sell and his collaborators create a wonderful neighborhood full of kids who use their imaginations & a lot of cardboard to bond and tackle any issue life throws their way. The kids of Cardboard Kingdom are dealing with younger siblings, bullies, struggles to make friends, budding crushes, competition versus teamwork, adult perceptions on behavior, gender roles/stereotypes, difficulties with imagination and parents separating. I loved that the young heroes dealt with these challenges through their imaginary play in the Cardboard Kingdom and by donning their costumes/new personas to take on the world. Difficult situations were handled realistically despite the short nature of each episode. I thought Seth's story was handled well as he dealt with his parents fighting and separating. Amanda's relationship with her dad was depicted well also. I appreciated the way the kids accepted the roles they each wanted to take on, even if the adults struggled with their son dressing as a woman, or a daughter wearing a mustache and playing all day. Very creative with a lovely, diverse cast of characters! I want to read more about all of the Cardboard Kingdom denizens. The art style was delightful too!Thank you to Random House for the ARC received during the ALA Midwinter Meeting!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    On one level, this book is a fun romp through a neighborhood of diverse kids from different families who connect and bond over the simplest of things: cardboard and their imaginations. They create their own alter egos -- banshees and sorceresses and mantises and animal queens -- and spend their summer adventuring together, their time enhanced by the incredible costumes and playscapes they craft out of cardboard. The book's art and themes relating to fantasy and D&D are what initially drew in On one level, this book is a fun romp through a neighborhood of diverse kids from different families who connect and bond over the simplest of things: cardboard and their imaginations. They create their own alter egos -- banshees and sorceresses and mantises and animal queens -- and spend their summer adventuring together, their time enhanced by the incredible costumes and playscapes they craft out of cardboard. The book's art and themes relating to fantasy and D&D are what initially drew in my two young boys.But on another level, this book goes much deeper into familial themes that are familiar to many kids, but not easy to talk about. Throughout these pages, you see divorce, parents who don't approve of children's pastimes, parents who aren't even in the picture, siblings who have to take care of each other, and parents questioning their children's gender identities. You also see kids dealing with bullies (and learning how not to be a bully), exploring different genders and gender roles, learning how to turn their perceived negative traits into something powerful, and coping with the difficulties of their home lives. It is this second, deeper level that really drew me into this book -- and I know it is adding to the experience of my boys as we read together. After we finished several of these stories, my oldest son said, "That was sad," and then we had great conversations about why. Throughout, we've had many opportunities to talk about what characters are feeling or why situations turned out the way they did.I highly recommend this book to any young people (and adults!) who enjoy graphic novels and fantasy, but also to anyone who just wants to read something truly diverse that explores an array of different childhood themes in a way that is fun and not heavy-handed.
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  • Jordan Henrichs
    January 1, 1970
    My two oldest kids (ages 8 and 6), recently transformed a refrigerator box into a lemonade stand, then into a castle, then into tent and it lasted longer than many of their toys we purchase for them. The Cardboard Kingdom has a fun sense of nostalgia in that way because in case anyone is wondering if kids really do play with cardboard, they do! The Cardboard Kingdom is cute and colorful and I love the themes of creativity and inclusion. I like that each writer focused on a different character be My two oldest kids (ages 8 and 6), recently transformed a refrigerator box into a lemonade stand, then into a castle, then into tent and it lasted longer than many of their toys we purchase for them. The Cardboard Kingdom has a fun sense of nostalgia in that way because in case anyone is wondering if kids really do play with cardboard, they do! The Cardboard Kingdom is cute and colorful and I love the themes of creativity and inclusion. I like that each writer focused on a different character because this allowed each character's personality to really be maximized despite limited page time for each. For some reason, I had a difficult time following what was going on in some of the stories due to lack of text and layout of panels. There's a degree of this in all graphic novels but I felt like I had to work harder with this one.I love the hopeful note the book ends on, with all of the neighborhood kids invading school together, especially because the cardboard and creativity will be set aside in a year for iPhones and social media accounts.
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  • Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
    January 1, 1970
    The Cardboard Kingdom is an imaginative story. The stories of the children’s adventures sparked nostalgia for my own childhood when I would go on imaginative adventures with my friends. I could also relate to the older siblings and their sibling dynamics. I remember having to take care of my younger brother!While it can be hard to track all the characters, each story only focuses on one or two of the characters at a time. This lets the reader ease into the world. That said, this is a read that w The Cardboard Kingdom is an imaginative story. The stories of the children’s adventures sparked nostalgia for my own childhood when I would go on imaginative adventures with my friends. I could also relate to the older siblings and their sibling dynamics. I remember having to take care of my younger brother!While it can be hard to track all the characters, each story only focuses on one or two of the characters at a time. This lets the reader ease into the world. That said, this is a read that will get better with rereads as the reader’s familiarity with the characters grows.Personally, I like how the book interweaves the children’s stories. Each story features different characters and may be read on their own or as a chapter in a larger work. Readers will be able to reread their favorite stories on their own and also as a part of the larger work.Lastly, The Cardboard Kingdom is a diverse read. The stories feature girls and boys with unique personalities, identities, and interests and from different ethnicities, backgrounds, and family situations. Each of them deals with their own issues. What brings them together is the power of the Cardboard Kingdom. That is, their interest in make-believe and the power of the imagination to bring their visions of what-can-be to life.Review originally published on my blog. Link in profile.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by publisher at ALAIn an ordinary suburban neighborhood, a group of multicultural children spend their free time creating characters that inhabit the titular "cardboard kingdom". There are battling sorceresses, monsters, and dragons. There are also some realistic problems that include babysitting an active younger brother, dealing with a grandmother who doesn't believe girls should be loud, and parents who are divorcing. There is also a neighborhood bully who bedevils the children, ARC provided by publisher at ALAIn an ordinary suburban neighborhood, a group of multicultural children spend their free time creating characters that inhabit the titular "cardboard kingdom". There are battling sorceresses, monsters, and dragons. There are also some realistic problems that include babysitting an active younger brother, dealing with a grandmother who doesn't believe girls should be loud, and parents who are divorcing. There is also a neighborhood bully who bedevils the children, but only because his own life is dysfunctional. Through a series of short comic stories, we learn more about each of the children, their family situations, and the imaginary world that they create that helps bring them together. Strengths: This was a brightly colored graphic novel with few words and a fun story. It will circulate all of the time. This was better than most graphic novels, and hits lots of social hot buttons. It was good to see children amusing themselves and being imaginative, and to see families that were doing well but weren't necessarily affluent. (The mere fact that children are able to play outside in a neighborhood with houses indicates a certain level of comfort to me.)Weaknesses: The lack of words in some sections made parts of this a bit hard to follow. It was also rather heavy on moral messages. What I really think: Honestly? In the end, I will pay $18 for a prebind of this that will last no more than two years. I know that many teachers get really excited about graphic novels because they think they help kids get into reading. If I were sure about this, I would love them too. I'm just not convinced.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I loved pretty much everything about this, the art, the imagination theme, the different representation, not only of race and orientation, but also of home life, married parents, divorced parents, single parents, grandparents. As much as it was about kids playing make-believe it was also about families and finding ways to acceptance. A really strong message cleverly hidden in a fun and goofy story of kids playing a game as old as time. Highly, highly recommend.
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  • Christina Hanson
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when the Sorceress, the Huntress, the Big Banshee, the Alchemist, the Blacksmith, the Prince, the Animal Queen, the Blob, Professor Everything, the Gargoyle, the Mad Scientist, the Robot, the Bully, a minion, plus Alice and Becky team up? The Cardboard Kingdom, of course! You’d be amazed what some cardboard boxes and a little imagination can create. This newly released graphic novel follows the summer of sixteen neighbor kids and their quest to find adventure! I not only loved the b What happens when the Sorceress, the Huntress, the Big Banshee, the Alchemist, the Blacksmith, the Prince, the Animal Queen, the Blob, Professor Everything, the Gargoyle, the Mad Scientist, the Robot, the Bully, a minion, plus Alice and Becky team up? The Cardboard Kingdom, of course! You’d be amazed what some cardboard boxes and a little imagination can create. This newly released graphic novel follows the summer of sixteen neighbor kids and their quest to find adventure! I not only loved the bright, colorful illustrations, but I loved learning about each of the kids too! If your students are fans of other graphic novels like Smile/Sisters, Amulet, or Mighty Jack, they will enjoy this one too! 📦🏰🔮⚔️🐲💥👑
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  • Abby Brithinee
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It features sixteen vignettes about all the children who live on one block. With a whole lot of cardboard and even more imagination, they spend a summer having adventures and defeating their demons. The art is bright, expressive, and exuberant. Each vignette builds on the last, and the reader gets a glimpse into each character's life. While I wish there was just more background and character building (maybe fewer characters), this book packs a whole lot of summer into a single I loved this book! It features sixteen vignettes about all the children who live on one block. With a whole lot of cardboard and even more imagination, they spend a summer having adventures and defeating their demons. The art is bright, expressive, and exuberant. Each vignette builds on the last, and the reader gets a glimpse into each character's life. While I wish there was just more background and character building (maybe fewer characters), this book packs a whole lot of summer into a single volume.I would recommend this book to any middle grade student. Any kid will be able to find themselves in this book.
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  • Christiana
    January 1, 1970
    This was fun! I'm super impressed how seamlessly Sell and the other authors wove together diverse characters with diverse backgrounds perfectly into this setting (a neighborhood street where all the kids play together over the course of a summer). It was no big deal in the best way possible and gives me hope that other authors (graphic novel and otherwise) sit up and take notice.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    Really loved this! Brought back all my memories of neighborhood playing as a kid, and so amazing to see all of the imagination come to life in this book. Great characters, illustrations, colors, and deeper themes like bullying and inclusiveness.
  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    Any kid that gets their hands on this bold, imaginative graphic novel is probably a kid who also has access to some sort of cardboard box.And so, their own cardboard kingdom can begin... The fact that this book isn’t just for rich kids, or white kids, or boys... it’s for EVERYONE. All you need is a cardboard box and a big imagination.
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  • Alec
    January 1, 1970
    I love this comic so much I don't even know what to say. It has an incredibly diverse cast and the stories are beautifully honest (sometimes emotional). There's someone for almost any kid reader to connect with in that neighborhood. This should be in ALL libraries.
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  • Gillian Dawson
    January 1, 1970
    Such a delightful book!
  • Tonya Shaw
    January 1, 1970
    Fun graphic novel with multiple little stories woven into one.
  • Leonard Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Objectively maybe 4-4.5 stars, but this gets the bump, because 1) the emotions are 5 stars, and 2) so many collaborative projects don’t live up to hopes, but this, this is how you do it.
  • Senator
    January 1, 1970
    I'm ashamed to admit that I've been avoiding reading this, but damn if this book didn't deliver. Where imagination and friendship rule, "Cardboard Kingdom" invites readers to experience each kids' troubles, adding heart to an otherwise light book.
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