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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Shari
    Jan 19, 2019
    So much to love about this book! I love the skillful way in which issues were addressed (bullying, divorce, appearance), not at all didactic. I love the celebration of childhood: children using their imaginations, creating, role-playing, self-directed play rather than scheduled play da...
  • 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. ...
  • Laura Harrison
    Jan 24, 2019
    One of the top middle grade graphic novels of 2018. Truly special. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Suzanne Dix
    Jun 14, 2019
    Absolutely fantastic! What a great read for anyone looking to understand who they are and how they can find true friends. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Joan
    Feb 07, 2019
    I'm not sure who told me about this, but I'm glad I gave it a read. As many know, I'm lukewarm on graphic novels. However, this one works. It works even though there are a ton of people who worked on this. Apparently they all worked with Chad Sell keeping things unified in concept and ...
  • Kelly
    Apr 13, 2019
    So, I initially picked this up to read, because it?s on the Louisiana Young Readers? Choice 6-8 consideration list. After thumbing through it, I determined that it seemed more appropriate for younger kids and was going to return it to the library unread. However, I am so glad I did...
  • 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....
  • Skye Kilaen
    Jan 04, 2019
    A lovely, diverse, queer-friendly series of loosely interconnected short comic stories about kids in a neighborhood and how they meet and build friendships through imaginary play. It's fun, it's silly, it also tackles some serious topics with great compassion, and I was really impresse...
  • 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...
  • 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! ...
  • Lydia
    Jun 24, 2019
    holy heck 5/5. great if you love lumberjanes, nimona, she-ra and the princess of power. a precious middle grade graphic novel where all the kiddos made characters out of cardboard. much representation! challenging of gender roles via evil witches and mad scientists. precious pr...
  • 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...
  • Nat
    May 18, 2019
    What a fun and colorful graphic novel full of adventures and friendships. It's perfect for the summertime! Make your bookish purchases through my Amazon Affiliate. I?ll make a small commission! The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell: This review and more can be found on my...
  • 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 ...
  • Eileen W
    Jun 19, 2019
    I agree with many other who commented that it would be better had the story been more fleshed out. It was a little choppy for me. I did like the fact that these kids were using their imaginations...and cardboard.....and not staring at screens! But this book is for older kids in my opin...
  • 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. ...
  • Allison
    Apr 24, 2019
    not that good ...