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. ...
  • Renata
    Aug 28, 2018
    This is super sweet, fun, and funny. A great middle-grade GN for all kinds of kids, with bright, fun art. Definitely one to hand to your fans of Smile and the like. ...
  • 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. ...
  • DaNae
    Aug 30, 2018
    One on hand this book is crammed full of eye-opening themes; on the other hand it shows, one summer, one neighborhood and whole passel of kids rushing out each day to expand on their self-created utopia. ...
  • Kristen Thorp
    Jun 01, 2018
    So. Damn. Great. ...
  • Kari
    Dec 05, 2018
    I will say that I found myself a little bit confused a few times but it was still a wonderful read. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Jennifer
    Aug 18, 2018
    Love, love, love this! Can't recommend it more. ...
  • Chelsey
    Dec 05, 2018
    What I wished my childhood was like. ...
  • 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! ...
  • Ari
    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 ...
  • Mehsi
    Nov 07, 2018
    A neighbourhood of kids, big adventures, tons of imagination and cardboard. I am just so delighted I finally had the chance to buy this one and then read it. Now that I read it I can just say that I loved it. How it is all adventure, all imagination, but also discusses real issues....
  • 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! ...
  • Emily Stueven
    Oct 15, 2018
    Sweet, often poignant, endlesssly creative, and, most of all, fun! Cardboard Kindom feels like this year's El Deafo, Roller Girl, or Real Friends, in that it exemplifies how weighty and full of emotional authenticity a great 'tween graphic novel can be. ...
  • Leonard Kim
    Jun 30, 2018
    9/1/18: on revisiting this, I take back the 4-4.5 thing. 5 stars all the way and one of the best books of the year. Objectively maybe 4-4.5 stars, but this gets the bump, because 1) the emotions are 5 stars, and 2) so many collaborative projects don?t live up to hopes, but this, t...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Raven Black
    Nov 20, 2018
    Couple plot points a little awkward but overall good ...
  • 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...
  • Gabrielle Schwabauer
    Nov 22, 2018
    Was it a little predictable? Yeah. Was it a little contrived? Sure. Did it warm my cold, dead heart? Absolutely. Such a fun, clever idea, and the art backs it up all the way. I wish someone had given me this book when I was 8. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Laura
    Oct 19, 2018
    Real cute! And queer positive! And colorful and fun. I liked it a lot. ...