The Cardboard Kingdom

The Cardboard Kingdom

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!...

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Title:The Cardboard Kingdom
Author:Chad Sell
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1524719374
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Cardboard Kingdom Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Jun 19, 2018
    What a creative and fun collection of graphic stories! This book is an ode to summer, imaginative play in a diverse neighborhood and the power of kids to build a world all their own. Fun, funny, and occasionally touching, I want to hand this to every kid. ...
  • Karin
    May 02, 2018
    Really good. Each chapter stands alone as featuring one kid in the neighborhood and how they pick/develop the character they use in the collaborative/imaginative playspace of their backyards. Each kid is an individual and the story as a whole gently introduces a variety of family situa...
  • Betsy
    Apr 06, 2018
    The other day I listened to a very interesting speaker as she defined in crystal clear terms the words ?equality? and ?equity?. Simply put, ?equality? is leveling the playing field and ?equity? is getting the same end results. And, as with all things, I turn to the worl...
  • Mary Lee
    Jul 13, 2018
    This book celebrates imagination in a series of short graphic stories, some wordless, some not. It's fun to see the children's play change and develop. It will be fascinating to talk with readers about not just the children in the book, but also the adults. ...
  • Sarah
    Jul 05, 2018
    On one level, this book is a fun romp through a neighborhood of diverse kids from different families who connect and bond over the simplest of things: cardboard and their imaginations. They create their own alter egos -- banshees and sorceresses and mantises and animal queens -- and sp...
  • Christiana
    Jun 21, 2018
    This was fun! I'm super impressed how seamlessly Sell and the other authors wove together diverse characters with diverse backgrounds perfectly into this setting (a neighborhood street where all the kids play together over the course of a summer). It was no big deal in the best way pos...
  • Amanda
    Jul 13, 2018
    I loved pretty much everything about this, the art, the imagination theme, the different representation, not only of race and orientation, but also of home life, married parents, divorced parents, single parents, grandparents. As much as it was about kids playing make-believe it was al...
  • Gillian Dawson
    Jun 29, 2018
    Such a delightful book! ...
  • Kristen Thorp
    Jun 01, 2018
    So. Damn. Great. ...
  • Steph
    Jun 09, 2018
    Any kid that gets their hands on this bold, imaginative graphic novel is probably a kid who also has access to some sort of cardboard box. And so, their own cardboard kingdom can begin... The fact that this book isn?t just for rich kids, or white kids, or boys... it?s for EV...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Apr 18, 2018
    ARC provided by publisher at ALA In an ordinary suburban neighborhood, a group of multicultural children spend their free time creating characters that inhabit the titular "cardboard kingdom". There are battling sorceresses, monsters, and dragons. There are also some realistic p...
  • Katie Lawrence
    Feb 18, 2018
    In these short episodes Chad Sell and his collaborators create a wonderful neighborhood full of kids who use their imaginations & a lot of cardboard to bond and tackle any issue life throws their way. The kids of Cardboard Kingdom are dealing with younger siblings, bullies, struggl...
  • Jordan Henrichs
    Jul 19, 2018
    My two oldest kids (ages 8 and 6), recently transformed a refrigerator box into a lemonade stand, then into a castle, then into tent and it lasted longer than many of their toys we purchase for them. The Cardboard Kingdom has a fun sense of nostalgia in that way because in case anyone ...
  • Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
    Jun 12, 2018
    The Cardboard Kingdom is an imaginative story. The stories of the children?s adventures sparked nostalgia for my own childhood when I would go on imaginative adventures with my friends. I could also relate to the older siblings and their sibling dynamics. I remember having to take ca...
  • Kyla
    Jun 09, 2018
    What a joy to read! I love how these characters are fleshed out chapter by chapter. The storytelling is sweet and heartbreaking and innocent. A grand slam for all ages! ...
  • Kari
    Jun 08, 2018
    Okay, so I?ve been a fan of Chad Sell?s art for quite some time now, as I think most drag fans online probably are! And because I?m a fan of his art, and because I love to support queer artists whenever and however I can, I signed up to support Chad on Patreon towards the end of ...
  • Alec
    Feb 19, 2018
    I love this comic so much I don't even know what to say. It has an incredibly diverse cast and the stories are beautifully honest (sometimes emotional). There's someone for almost any kid reader to connect with in that neighborhood. This should be in ALL libraries. ...
  • Rachel
    Jun 11, 2018
    I loved it so much!!! It captured the joy of summer break and neighborhood friends and playing pretend and was utterly delightful and poignant. ...
  • Lesley Burnap
    Aug 02, 2018
    Fell in love with this amazing group of creative, clever kids...all just wanting a place to fit in! Due to some sensitive pieces (separated parents fight, the word "hellion" used by a grandparent to describe her granddaughter), I would recommend for grades 3+, unless you know your read...
  • Megan
    Feb 22, 2018
    I was lucky to get this as an ARC and will be happy to place it in my libraries. This is a great graphic novel for younger kids that celebrates the imagination while addressing issues important to younger reader such as bullies, making friends and disagreements. It also touches on more...
  • Brittany
    Feb 17, 2018
    This book just about made me cry! This is such a sweet, entertaining story that so many kids will enjoy - and the message of inclusiveness and being yourself is well-developed and age-appropriate without being preachy. A lot of fun! ...
  • Abby Brithinee
    Jun 07, 2018
    I loved this book! It features sixteen vignettes about all the children who live on one block. With a whole lot of cardboard and even more imagination, they spend a summer having adventures and defeating their demons. The art is bright, expressive, and exuberant. Each vignette buil...
  • Emma Andje
    Apr 13, 2018
    The Cardboard Kingdom is Phineas and Ferb meets Lumberjanes! This super diverse graphic novel tackles several issues grappling modern children including gender identity and bullying, and will inspire a plethora of extravagant summer adventures. I was given an ARC of this book from t...
  • Niki Marion
    Jan 29, 2018
    So lovely and pure and good! Looking more into the artists & writers collaborators--but this is a gem of a graphic novel about a neighborhood of kids with serious imaginations, crafting skilllzzzz, and the gift of active, dynamic supportiveness, one that they give to each other man...
  • Amanda
    Jun 17, 2018
    Really loved this! Brought back all my memories of neighborhood playing as a kid, and so amazing to see all of the imagination come to life in this book. Great characters, illustrations, colors, and deeper themes like bullying and inclusiveness. ...
  • Julie Kirchner
    Jun 19, 2018
    I liked that the content of this graphic novel could be enjoyed by younger readers, however, I?m not sure they would necessarily understand all that is going on in the story. So many inferences they would need to make! I enjoyed the book and the creativity it could bring out in kids ...
  • Diz
    Aug 19, 2018
    This book shows how children can deal with difficult circumstances through the use of fantasy and role play. Some of the issues that the children deal with are divorce, bullying, gender identity, the inability to make friends. Reading these stories really makes you realize that fantasy...
  • Christina Hanson
    Jun 06, 2018
    What happens when the Sorceress, the Huntress, the Big Banshee, the Alchemist, the Blacksmith, the Prince, the Animal Queen, the Blob, Professor Everything, the Gargoyle, the Mad Scientist, the Robot, the Bully, a minion, plus Alice and Becky team up? The Cardboard Kingdom, of course! ...
  • Shelle Perry
    Jul 19, 2018
    Epic Summer Fun The Cardboard Kingdom Illustrated by Chad Sell Written by Jay Fuller,David DeMeo,Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore,Manuel Betancourt,Molly Muldoon,Vid Alliger,Cloud Jacobs,Michael Cole, and Barbara Perez Marquez. The Summer after fourth grade, my parents ...
  • Mark Hall Stevenson Jr
    Jul 25, 2018
    Fantastic. Wonderfully inclusive and fun. ...