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Cardboard - Doug TenNapel I am not a huge reader of graphic novels, but I am coming to appreciate them more and more. Cardboard is, I think, an especially well done graphic novel. The illustrations are fantastic, and I love how they convey so much about the characters, what kind of person they are supposed to be, and what they are feeling at any given time. The book also deals with some complex issues; joblessness, loss, self-image, insecurity, love, among others. I think that any school age kid would enjoy the story. It's got a lot of action, and a lot of emotion, although I suspect that kids 12 and older would probably find more depth in this story than younger ones. I have to say, though, that Cardboard isn't just for kids. It appealed to me as an adult, too, and made me want to look at more of [a:Doug TenNapel|45687|Doug TenNapel|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1239071739p2/45687.jpg]'s work.