Cam’s down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it’s the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend. Cam’s father comes home with a cardboard box for Cam’s birthday. Little do they know the havoc the cardboard will wreak on their lives. Read Common Sense Media’s Cardboard review, age rating, and parents guide. Cardboard Book Poster Image Doug Tennapel ยท Fantasy; Save.

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Gr Cam’s unemployed father can only afford a cardboard box for his son’s birthday present. However, this cardboard is special: A cardboard boxer becomes a man called Bill, a magic cardboard machine actually spits out new pieces of magic cardboard, and a figure of Cam’s dead mother chastises his father for not moving on.

This cardboard powerfully projects the thoughts and desires of its users and becomes dangerous when Cam’s wealthy, spoiled neighbor, Marcus, uses it to create an army of monsters. Rich colors printed on glossy pages, along with dramatic cuts between panels, give the comic a cinematic feel, and the illustrations’ sharp angles and sinewy lines are striking.

This action-filled adventure is not only highly entertaining, but also contains provocative points about the power of imagination.

The ending, in which a reformed Marcus has shed his goth stylings and Cam’s father has found a job and a girlfriend, is a little too tidy, but this is a thoughtful and gripping read. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Cam’s down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it’s the worst present ever.

So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend the cardboard into a man-and to their astonishment, it comes magically to life. But the neighborhood bully, Marcus, warps the powerful cardboard into his own evil creations that threaten to destroy them all! Read more Read less.

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Don’t have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention doug tennapel graphic novel graphic novels earthworm jim comes to life cardboard box cam tennapep his dad bad island birthday present year old next door magic cardboard kids and adults great story comes to life really enjoyed father and son well done pretty much come back.

Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem tennaapel reviews right now. Please try again later. I read a lot of comics, and I can say without hesitation that it has been years since I read something this well done. The art is engaging, the colors are wonderful and the story itself has enough heart to fill 4 or 5 books of its kind.


It is my habit to pre-read things I bring into our house before my children do, but the package arrived while I was at work, and by the time I got home my 2 oldest had devoured this work. In fact, all 4 of my tennpel got a look at this book before I did, and I am very pleased that it was completely family-friendly with nothing objectionable in it. Instead it’s a story about love, and family, and life and death and remorse and obligation and redemption. If I knew someone who had doubts about the worth of sequential art as a story-telling medium, I would give them this book.

Great, great stuff Mr. The artwork here is fantastic and the story Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I recently picked up a lot of Mr. I was not disappointed. The artwork here is fantastic and the story is uplifting without being preachy.

This one also netted my 10 year old niece’s approbation. When I was a youngster, I loved to read!

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I spent most of the money I earned on books, you couldn’t keep me out of the library until I had so many books, I created my own library at home. My daughter is 7 and despite the thousands of dollars I have probably spent on books, she doesn’t seem to take a similar interest as I had at her age. Thankfully, “Cardboard” changed all that. Dokg stumbled on this book; not sure what I was looking for at the time but Oh So Thankful I happened upon cardbooard gem. I looked over the preview of the book to ensure that it wouldn’t be too advanced for her and I really enjoyed the story line of the struggling single father trying to make ends meet while providing the “extras” for his son.

The graphics were really fun. My daughter has never read a comic book so to have this nearly page book as her first was going xardboard be interesting. Once I had ordered the book, I showed my daughter the preview on Amazon to ask her what she caddboard.

Immediately, she took to it, wanting to “Look Inside” again and again. When the book cxrdboard I received even greater confirmation that I had made a good purchase. My daughter was enthusiastic despite this being a book seemingly geared more towards boys. I was worried that it might be too “scary” for her but she was fine with it; worried the words may be too advanced, she did very well in reading it.

She insisted this be a book that we took turns reading as opposed to me reading it all to her although she did like the accents I gave the different characters when I read.

Within three days we had read the entire book. Since I bought it about a month ago, she has read it herself twice more. She takes the book with her on trips.

She told me that NOW she tennapwl books. Finally she is making good use of all the great books I have temnapel for her over the years. I’d like to thank the author and illustrator and Amazon for changing my daughters opinions about books.

I am one happy Momma! Each is well handled. This review is spoilerish, but not too much. Just received this book today and finished it already! I figured I’d get a review out there while it’s still fresh in my tennapl.


In short, this is a story about father and son, creation, corruption, redemption, and friendship I’ve also very briefly played Earthworm Jim, but it’s not quite as engraved in my brain. I’ve also played through his recent game, Armikrog. Strangely enough, this is the first graphic novel of his that I’ve read, even though these have been his most prevalent artform. This book is yet another example to me of what I like about TenNapel.

Perhaps I’m biased because, from what I know of him, we share the same worldview when it comes to religion, politics, and philosophy. I’ve always wondered whether it was possible for a conservative Christian to exist in the entertainment industry without either making their art shallow in how it expresses their convictions, or making their faith shallow and devoid of substance when they finally express it, if at all.

This book shows yet again that TenNapel has done neither. His faith is not painted on the surface of his work as lip surface with nothing underneath. But the truth of his worldview is assumed on every page and is the anchor that holds it down and makes the world of his story coherent. As I read through it, I couldn’t help but notice similarities to the story of The Neverhood, though they are both certainly unique stories.

Themes of creation, the purpose of that creation being corrupted, and then restored, run through both plots in their own way. There is also a wonderfully refreshing refusal on the author’s part to play into the PC culture that so often corrupts art like this.

Jokes about each are funny and unapologetic. This shouldn’t be surprising given the willingness TenNapel has shown to speak his mind on such issues in the past. What both stories bring to mind are the parallels they hold to the Christian story.

But also the wonderful differences given the humanness of the characters as they create. God created and creation fell. The characters in these stories create, and their creations fall and run wild. However, unlike these stories, our fall and corruption took no power out of God’s hands. He laid down his life and had the power to take it up again. He knew that cost from the start. In fact, it was the point of the story.

The creating characters in these stories are shocked, surprised, and uncertain, where God is none of those. He has as much control over his story as TenNapel has over those he writes, well Ok, I’d better not start getting on my theology degree soap-box and start rambling about predestination and free-will.

I’ll save that for a conversation with Doug TenNapel if I ever get to have one. I’ll simply sum up and say this book is great and it has a solid worldview bubbling under the surface.