Friday, October 19, 2012

Cardboard, by Doug TenNapel (graphic novel) - living cardboard people, good and evil

book cover of Cardboard by Doug TenNapel published by Graphix
We've all played with cardboard boxes,
made forts and racecars and castles,
but we didn't use magic cardboard like Cam has!

Hopefully, we don't have evil neighbors like Marcus either... (stealing a guy's only birthday present, when it's just made with a cardboard box...sheesh!)

The creator of Earthworm Jim of video-game fame and the recent graphic novel hit Ghostopolis  (my review here) brings another fantasy world to life in full-color,  so find it now at your local library or independent bookstore.  

Cardboard  has already been optioned to become an animated feature film, but you'll have time to read it first... and keep an eye out for that Marcus.

Book info: Cardboard / Doug TenNapel. Graphix (Scholastic), 2012. [author's website] [publisher site] [video author interview]  [inside TenNapel's sketchbooks]

My Recommendation: Worst birthday gift ever: a cardboard box… but Cam’s widower dad took their last few cents to buy it from a strange fellow who gave them rules about how to use it. So the teen and his dad bend and cut the box into the shape of a man, a boxer who magically comes to life!

Bill the boxer-guy talks to them, will mow the lawn, wants to be a real friend to Cam – but his cardboard can’t withstand the water-cannons of neighborhood bully Marcus. Taking the leftover cardboard bits (despite the seller’s warnings), Cam creates a cardboard-making-machine that allows him to repair Bill… and tempts the very evil Marcus into wicked plans and plots that might destroy everything. 

TenNapel’s detailed drawings underscore the barely-hanging-on desperation of Cam and his depressed dad, the manic gleam in Marcus’s conniving eyes, and the contempt that the rampaging Cardboard  bad guys have for good-fellow Bill and the “fleshies” he tries to protect in this outstanding graphic novel from the creator of Ghostopolis.   (One of 5,000 books recommended on Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

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