Cardboard: an OK book

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Cardboard, by Doug TenNable is an average book. It didn’t make me feel anything, like happy or sad or relieved, and there wasn’t much suspense or anticipation.

Cardboard, by Doug TenNable is an average book. It didn’t make me feel anything, like happy or sad or relieved, and there wasn’t much suspense or anticipation. The book is about a boy named Cam, a poor boy in a poor family. When he gets a cardboard box for his birthday, Rich-Kid Marcus, who lives across the street, scoffs and laughs at the lame birthday present. That is, until Cam and his dad make a boxer, and it comes to life! When Marcus finds out that the cardboard is alive, he immediately plans to steal it. Finally, he manages to get the Maker, which magically makes cardboard, and makes an army of cardboard monsters! Eventually, the monsters over through Marcus and then things really start to pick up speed!

I would recommend this graphic novel for ages 9-12, because anyone under 9 would not understand the conditions that they are in, and wouldn’t understand social hierarchy enough for some parts of the book. Anyone over twelve would lose interest after the first 50 pages, because of the immature things the characters do. After reading Cardboard, I am not considering reading the author’s other two books, Ghostopolis and Bad Island, in fear that they would be as much of a letdown as Cardboard. Overall, Cardboard was a so-so book, and I would not waste my time reading it if I were you.