Cardboard (Paperback)

By Doug TenNapel

Graphix, 9780545418737, 288pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2012

List Price: 12.99*
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Fall '12 Kids List

“Cam's unemployed father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday. It's certain to be the worst birthday ever, until the man they make from the cardboard comes to life. It turns out that this is no ordinary cardboard and what was the lamest present ever becomes something desired by the rich bully, Marcus. Marcus has a twisted imagination and his creations develop frightening minds of their own, minds that desire the destruction of anything of human flesh. Cardboard explores a father-son relationship, one that grows stronger over the course of the book. Tennapel's fans will enjoy this fast-paced graphic novel.”
— Marika McCoola, Odyssey Bookshop, South Hadley, MA
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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!

About the Author

Doug TenNapel was raised in the town of Denair, California. In 1994, he created the popular Earthworm Jim. Doug's graphic novel GHOSTOPOLIS was a 2011 ALA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and his follow-up, BAD ISLAND, is a 2012 ALA Great Graphic Novels for Teens as well as one of School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011. Doug lives in Franklin, Tennessee.