Roar of the Beast: The Cardboard Kingdom, Book 2
By Michael Berry,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Creative kids fight Halloween monsters in clever adventure.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Roar of the Beast encourages children to use their imaginations and create superhero personae that express their feelings. The cast is distinctively diverse, a multicultural mix of White, Black, Asian, Latin, biracial, and LGBTQ+ characters
A few cardboard boxes are enough to create a superhero-based playground. Kids of all backgrounds can come together to create something special. Kids should be able to express their feelings about people they love.
Positive Role Models
The kids in the neighborhood band together to make a make-believe playland out of discarded boxes. Each child possesses her or his own special talent. Individual chapters deal with issues of gender, identity, ability, and sexuality.
Violence & Scariness
Mild verbal bullying. Attacks by cardboard monsters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One kid has a crush on another boy but is reluctant to reveal his true feelings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roar of the Beast is the second in Chad Sell's The Cardboard Kingdom graphic novel series. In this installment, neighborhood kids pretend to be superheroes by creating costumes from cardboard. The cast is broad and diverse, with characters of different ethnicities, genders, and physical abilities. The emphasis is on imagination, cooperation,and kindness. In this installment, the setting is Halloween, and the kids must use their individual talents to defeat a monster.
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What's the Story?
The costume-wearing kids are back in ROAR OF THE BEAST, and this time they're preparing for Halloween. After losing a verbal fight with a bullying kid, Vijay gives up dressing as the Beast, retreating into his bedroom and not speaking to anyone. That night, a monster is spotted in someone's backyard, and Nate breaks his leg pursuing of the creature. Is the neighborhood infested with monsters, and is anybody safe?
Is It Any Good?
Nearly every kid likes to play with boxes at some time, and this lively adventure captures the joy of letting your imagination run wild. In Roar of the Beast, artist and writer Chad Sell also shows what happens when the scaring gets a little too intense and kids begin to take the hijinks too seriously. The book also touches on some serious topics, such as gender issues, depression, and bullying. But there's plenty of action and good-natured fun as the kids work together to celebrate Halloween in their own special ways. There's also plenty of charm to go around, and most readers will be eager for the next book in the series.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Roar of the Beast celebrates creativity and imagination. Why is it important for kids to learn to play "pretend"?
Is it OK for girls to wear "boy clothes" and vice versa?
Why do some kids like to be scared, while others dread it?
- Author: Chad Sell
- Illustrator: Chad Sell
- Genre: Graphic Novel
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Adventures, Arts and Dance, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: June 1, 2021
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
- Number of pages: 288
- Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: July 9, 2021
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