The Cardboard Kingdom

The Cardboard Kingdom

Graphic Novel - 2018 | First edition.
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Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Awkward, and All's Faire in Middle School , this graphic novel follows a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary cardboard into fantastical homemade costumes as they explore conflicts with friends, family, and their own identity.

"A breath of fresh air, this tender and dynamic collection is a must-have." -- Kirkus , Starred

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 was created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell with writing from ten other authors: Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez. The Cardboard Kingdom affirms the power of imagination and play during the most important years of adolescent identity-searching and emotional growth.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY KIRKUS REVIEWS * THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY * SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL * A TEXAS BLUEBONNET 2019-20 MASTER LIST SELECTION

"There's room for everyone inside The Cardboard Kingdom, where friendship and imagination reign supreme." --Ingrid Law, New York Times bestselling author of Savvy

"A timely and colorful graphic novel debut that, like its many offbeat but on-point characters, marches to the beat of its own cardboard drum." --Tim Federle, award-winning author of Better Nate Than Ever
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524719371
1524719374
Branch Call Number: J SEL
Characteristics: 281 pages :,colour illustrations

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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.

The Cardboard Kingdom is a beautiful comic all about kids that spend one wild summer creating a real life dungeons and dragons adventure. Each child uses their character to process what's going on in their lives (for better or worse) within that magical world. [Also available as an eBook.]

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lydia_holmes221 Sep 20, 2019

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captaincupcake
Apr 15, 2020

I recommend this book to people who like magic. There is a sorceress who is very evil and destroys a castle! There is also a knight with an enchanted sword that shoots lasers. I liked this book because it made my imagination go wild.

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livingisagift
Mar 03, 2020

This book is so good. I couldn't stop reading it. It made my imagination go wild.

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owenowenowen
Feb 09, 2020

I like this book because it is imaginative on a very high level and because it isn't so sexist!🏅

Tigard_LindsayD Dec 01, 2019

A neighborhood of kids create their own fantasy kingdom and vibrant adventures. Quick chapters introduce the imaginative bunch, who work together to create a summer to remember.

IndyPL_ShannonO Jun 11, 2019

I loved this graphic novel. I love stories that show us a child's imagination alongside the everyday objects they use in their play. Cardboard Kingdom also LGBTQ+ friendly.

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ACEMYMCPL
Feb 23, 2019

A neighborhood where kids spend their summer using cardboard/tape/paint/bathrobes/ even a lemonade stand to create and identify themselves as people of the Cardboard Kingdom! Super fun optimistic and good humored Graphic Novel that every kid, parent, teacher, librarian or adult with an imagination or who needs that imagination re-ignited should read!

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stuntbook
Jan 02, 2019

A delightful comic that is great for young and older audiences alike. The characters are children with wild imaginations that allow them to make personas of all kinds-- big, evil, small and brainy-- all suited to bring out their personalities and embrace the best parts of themselves. It's really wonderful seeing all of the unique ideas they come up with, and there is excellent representation for diverse cultures and family situations. The book isn't afraid to talk about some real issues that kids could go through, too. To top it all off, the art is absolutely charming. I personally loved the progression of characters, which you get to see if you give this lovely book a read!

JessicaGma Dec 15, 2018

Such a lovey collection of stories about kids in the neighbourhood making their alter-egos in the Cardboard Kingdom. This is a perfect little graphic novel for kids.

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NikkiML1
Nov 24, 2018

My kids (9 and 11) love this book so much! Each of them has read it multiple times and it has inspired them to create their own characters. The kids in the story face real-life challenges - big and small - and find ways to feel empowered and embody the strengths of their make-believe personas. Highly recommended!

OPL_KrisC Jul 24, 2018

Eye-catching art draws you into this delightful story about a group of neighborhood kids with awesome imaginations who set out to have the best summer ever just by manipulating cardboard in different ways.

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