When cardboard creatures come magically to life, a boy must save his town from disaster.
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!
This graphic novel tries to be about magic and goodness, but instead gets bogged down with creepy drawings, unfair stereotypes, and obnoxiously flat characters. Mike is unable to afford anything good for son Cam's birthday, so he buys the boy only a cardboard box. They turn the cardboard into the shape of a man, only to have it come alive. Danger comes from Marcus, a boy readers are repeatedly told is rich, though apparently his parents can't afford a dentist, and drawings concentrate on his bad teeth as if they're a character flaw. Marcus wants the magical cardboard properties to himself because, well, he's bad. Characters are shown, and drawn, as good or bad. The author also has a problem with people driving hybrids or boys having long hair. What could have been a fun fantasy tale often turns preachy, and it belittles people who look different. The story tries to add depth with the trope of a dead mother, but that theme doesn't rescue it from occasional self-righteousness. Ages 10 14.
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Totally amazing. I've read a lot of fiction books, graphic novels, etc. this is an completely original idea that blew me away. I read it five times already and still want to read it. Despite what 'Publishers Weekly' says, I still think this book it awesome, and they should point out the good things in this book, and emphasize them more than the 'bad' parts.
So so so good
Amazing book! A must read. This book is great for young adults. And kids alike. I have read it many times over and over again. Buy it now!
I have to say this was a very good book was very well written and the author did a great job. I love comics, and just a suggestion, there should be a sequel.The technique of the drawings were amazing. I love to draw to!! Have a great day sincerely Ryan