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By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fantastic action-meets-existentialism graphic novel.

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At times poignant and sweet, Cardboard is mostly packed with action that's highlighted by TenNapel's cartoony illustrations. Eyes bulge, fists loom large, and sound effects go "crash!" and "boom!" and "pow!" Even with the specter of a deceased mom and an unemployed dad, kids will revel in the fantasy of creatures made out of cardboard who come to life.

The villain, Marcus, who resembles the toy-torturing neighbor of the first Toy Story movie, is incredibly mean and rude. But as his mean creations rise up to destroy him, he looks deep within his psyche, confronts his flaws, and with the help of Cam's friendship, finds redemption. The interactions between fathers and sons are especially tender, and will have a deeper meaning for adults.

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