17. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel, 288 pages, read by Angie, on 09/16/2012

Mike is an out of work construction worker single father. He has no money for his son Cam’s birthday. He ends up buying a cardboard box and together they create a cardboard man who comes to life. Soon they are creating all kinds of cardboard things. But mean kid Marcus is jealous of Cam’s cardboard creations and steals the cardboard creator. He creates monsters who take on a life of their own. Soon cardboard is running wild and terrorizing Marcus, Cam, Mike and the rest of the neighborhood. They have to band together to stop the cardboard creations before it is too late.

This is an interesting morality tale about being happy with what you have, making changes for the better in your life, and not letting darkness and despair run your life. I think it is a little too heavy handed on the morality lessons but there is enough monsters and mayhem that I think kids will enjoy this.

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