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I really enjoyed how well the multiple artists were able to blend their characters into a cohesive story. There are a lot of characters, and it is sometimes had to keep track of who is who, especially when comparing the kid's costume character to their imagined alter ego. I also appreciated the way the "good" and "evil" sides of the Cardboard Kingdom banded together to handle their common enemy, "the teens." The illustrations and colors are vibrant and each character has a distinct personality that comes through both in their regular state and as their alter ego. I hope readers are inspired to create their own cardboard kingdom after reading this graphic novel.
I got this for my 11 year old daughter and here is her review: I loved this book! I thought this book was even better than the first. It had a great story line. The pictures were colorful and fun. This book had some mystery in it which made it fun. I would recommend you read the first book in this series because it will make more sense. I’m hoping there will be another book in this series because I really enjoy it!
My daughter read the book and below is her review:
The Cardboard Kingdom is back with another mystery, and there seems to be some sort of monster out there in the kingdom. Nate, the kingdom’s prince, is positive he saw it himself. No one believes him, though. Things get even worse when Vijay the Beast is trying to find himself again, and Nate’s stepbrother, Elijah, seems to be nervous about something, but what? It’s almost Halloween, and the kids still haven’t solved the mystery, due to other complicated things. What can the kingdom do about it? Calling all heroes, mages, beasts, and more, because when the beast comes back, they’ll be more than ready.
I like the artwork and how the panels are all different shapes and sizes. The ending was not how I expected it to be, though it turned out great. Years ago, my favorite character was the Sorceress. My favorite characters are now The Blacksmith and The Knight. I love how all the kids in the kingdom are all different and amazingly creative. This book is full of feelings: emotion, drama, kindness, and humor. Highly recommended for imaginative readers and crafters of all kinds. You can be anything you want to be in the cardboard kingdom.
My kid borrowed The Cardboard Kingdom #1 from school library, and ask one as a gift for Christmas. He loves this book so much. I noticed there is Cardboard Kingdom #2, then I bought it too. Those are his favorite book now