The Cardboard Kingdom

The Cardboard Kingdom

Graphic Novel - 2018 | First edition
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Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into a 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.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524719388
Branch Call Number: GF J SEL
Characteristics: 281 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 21 cm


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Mar 03, 2020

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

TSCPL_LissaS Jul 03, 2018

My kids LOVE this book and stayed up WAY too late reading it, woke up early to read again, and were talking about "finding some cardboard for a project" this morning at breakfast.
As soon as I get a turn to read it, (I was allowed to read the first chapter before they needed it back and the artwork is stunning and bold!) I'm eager to discuss some of the social issues with them that the reviews indicate come up in the book.

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OPL_KrisC Jul 24, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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