04 October 2013
TenNapel, Doug. Cardboard. GRAPHIX, 2012.
Cam's father has no money, so although Cam is disappointed when he receives an empty cardboard box for his birthday, he determines to make the best of it. Imagine his surprise when the boxer they created from the cardboard box comes to life! But Cam's rival Marcus is determined to make his own cardboard creation, and what started as a gift soon becomes a disaster larger than either Cam or Marcus.
I enjoyed the illustrations in this story. I enjoyed the plot. I think this book will be very popular with my patrons. However, when Marcus has his "great turnaround" at the end of the book, I'm a bit disturbed that the only noticeable change is that he gets a haircut. Short hair does not a person reform. That and his friend Pink Eye's disgusting pink eyes are my only objections. Overall, though, this is a great book.
Recommended for: teens and tweens
Red Flags: minor violence
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars