Cam’s down-and-out father gives him a cardboard box for his birthday and he knows it’s the worst present ever. So to make the best of a bad situation, they bend. Cam’s father comes home with a cardboard box for Cam’s birthday. Little do they know the havoc the cardboard will wreak on their lives. Read Common Sense Media’s Cardboard review, age rating, and parents guide. Cardboard Book Poster Image Doug Tennapel · Fantasy; Save.
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One of the issues teachers face when trying to integrate graphic novels into the classroom is a lack of general knowledge about the medium. On the other hand, Cardboard by Doug TenNapel is a great graphic novel to start your exploration of the media. TenNapel is the author of other works such as Ghostopolis and Power Up you might see a resemblance between Mike, the father in Cardboard and Hugh the protagonist in Power Up.
When images and words are closely aligned, they support each other without pushing too many boundaries. When the alignment is irregular, disturbed, or even completely disconnected in works such as V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloydor, or American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang the works are more complex and difficult to read and understand.
For some books,the complexity of story, words, and images makes for genius, but that may not be where you want to start. One cafdboard I have been playing with for understanding how words and pictures work together is that of constructing a house.
You can think of the words as the framing of the room. What shape does it take? Are there lots of windows or just a few? Are the ceilings vaulted?
You can have the frame or the finishes, but you need both to have a room. Mike is a construction worker who is out of work. He has no job, no wife, no support of any kind but he does have a great kid, Cameron. He ends up buying a big cardboard box from roadside toy stand for 79 cents yeah, people in stories actually stop cardhoard those stands.
The story is fast paced with Good and Evil clearly demarcated with a sprinkling of personal redemption. Best of all everything, literally, works together to solve the problems that come alone and alive int eh story. The people looks like people, the rats look like rats, but when they combine, they look awesome!
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There is references to body tennapeel including cardboard blood, a beating cardboard heart, and cardboard spit. All of this combines for a solid story where the images and the words support each other.
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