Middle Grade Review: The Cardboard Kingdom

The Cardboard Kingdom, Written and Illustrated by Chad Sell and company

Contributers: Chad Sell, Jay Fuller, David DeMeo, Katie Schenkel, Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, Barbara Perez Marquez
Genres: Graphic Novel, Middle-Grade, Realistic Fiction
Maturity Level: 2
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

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!


What it is: A series of short-form comics (5-10 pages), each written/illustrated by Chad Sell and a different contributor, about a group of kids who spends their summer vacation playing make-believe.

Why kids will like it:

  • So much fun
  • Great full-color illustrations that draw you in
  • A range of characters, so every kid is sure to find someone they identify with
  • Stories about friendship and being yourself
  • Feel-good messages that aren’t heavy-handed

Why adults will like it for their kids:

  • Diverse
  • Great conversation starters
  • Positive role-models and character qualities
  • Will feel nostalgic, even if you never had such a community
  • Teaches acceptance.

Caveats:

  • Will probably mostly appeal to a certain type of kid, though anyone could enjoy it.
  • Queer-positive will challenge conservative ideals in some communities, be prepared for potential push-back.

Verdict: Recommend!

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