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Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and All's Faire in Middle School, this sequel to the Eisner Award-nominated The Cardboard Kingdom follows the kids as they solve the mystery of a new neighborhood monster. A mystery is afoot in the Cardboard Kingdom. Vijay, the Beast, renounces his title after being bullied by neighborhood teenagers. No one--not his big sister Shikha or h Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and All's Faire in Middle School, this sequel to the Eisner Award-nominated The Cardboard Kingdom follows the kids as they solve the mystery of a new neighborhood monster. A mystery is afoot in the Cardboard Kingdom. Vijay, the Beast, renounces his title after being bullied by neighborhood teenagers. No one--not his big sister Shikha or his friends--can seem to draw him back out of his shell. That very night is when it starts. At first, no one believes Nate, who breaks his leg trying to pursue what he saw from his bedroom window. But then there's another, and another. An unknown monster has been spotted roaming the Kingdom after dark. It's ghastly, it's quick, and it might even have giant tentacles. Or claws. Or wings. Okay, there might be some varied testimonies on what exactly this monster looks like. Forget Halloween--the newly minted Monster Mashers will go to any lengths to protect the Kingdom and uncover this mystery. But how did the monster get here? What does it want? And mostly importantly, who is behind its creation?


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Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and All's Faire in Middle School, this sequel to the Eisner Award-nominated The Cardboard Kingdom follows the kids as they solve the mystery of a new neighborhood monster. A mystery is afoot in the Cardboard Kingdom. Vijay, the Beast, renounces his title after being bullied by neighborhood teenagers. No one--not his big sister Shikha or h Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and All's Faire in Middle School, this sequel to the Eisner Award-nominated The Cardboard Kingdom follows the kids as they solve the mystery of a new neighborhood monster. A mystery is afoot in the Cardboard Kingdom. Vijay, the Beast, renounces his title after being bullied by neighborhood teenagers. No one--not his big sister Shikha or his friends--can seem to draw him back out of his shell. That very night is when it starts. At first, no one believes Nate, who breaks his leg trying to pursue what he saw from his bedroom window. But then there's another, and another. An unknown monster has been spotted roaming the Kingdom after dark. It's ghastly, it's quick, and it might even have giant tentacles. Or claws. Or wings. Okay, there might be some varied testimonies on what exactly this monster looks like. Forget Halloween--the newly minted Monster Mashers will go to any lengths to protect the Kingdom and uncover this mystery. But how did the monster get here? What does it want? And mostly importantly, who is behind its creation?

30 review for Roar of the Beast

  1. 4 out of 5

    Zac

    The Cardboard Kingdom is one of my favourite kid’s graphic novels because it’s all about kids being their true selves. They build costumes and props out of cardboard and let their imaginations go wild. They can be a beast, a scientist or a sorceress. They are stories about acceptance but also having a whole lot of fun. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the second Cardboard Kingdom book and it has just been released. I loved returning to these characters that Chad Sell brought to life and seeing what th The Cardboard Kingdom is one of my favourite kid’s graphic novels because it’s all about kids being their true selves. They build costumes and props out of cardboard and let their imaginations go wild. They can be a beast, a scientist or a sorceress. They are stories about acceptance but also having a whole lot of fun. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the second Cardboard Kingdom book and it has just been released. I loved returning to these characters that Chad Sell brought to life and seeing what they got up to next. Halloween is approaching and the gang are planning their costumes. Vijay is excited to make The Beast bigger, better and scarier, but when the local teenagers crush his costume, they also crush his confidence. Nate is sure he’s seen a monster in his backyard, and when he tries to rescue his stepbrother, he falls down the stairs. No one believes him though, even his stepbrother. Nate is determined to prove that the monster is real. The monster shows up again and again, all over the kingdom, but no one knows why it is there or what it wants. They only know that it is super quick and super scary. Nate gathers the best scientists, heroes and villains from across the kingdom to track the monster and crack the case. The Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast is the best kind of sequel. It reunites us with our favourite characters, builds on their stories, and has a mystery that brings them all together. Where the first book was more stand-alone stories that introduced each character, Roar of the Beast has a story arc that is woven through each of the characters’ chapters. Each chapter is written by a different author and focuses on a particular character or characters, with Chad Sell bringing the characters to life in his terrific illustrations. I love everything that Chad Sell illustrates. I really like his style of illustration, as the kids are realistic and have great expressions. I particularly like how Chad draws the kids as their characters. You see how the kids see themselves in character. Elijah’s costume is pretty basic but he looks completely different as the character of the Blob, and Jack lets his true self shine as the Sorceress. Although they aren’t named on the front cover, each of the authors have created wonderful characters that all kids will be able to relate to. The cast of characters is diverse in ethnicity and sexuality, which is one of the aspects I really love about the Cardboard Kingdom books. Thanks to Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, David DeMeo, Jay Fuller, Cloud Jacobs, Barbara Perez Marquez, Molly Muldoon and Katie Schenkel for giving us your characters. If you haven’t discovered this series you need to hunt both books down. The first book has been a firm favourite in my school library since it was released, and I know kids who will be super excited when they see Roar of the Beast on the shelf. If you want to add some diversity to your graphic novel collection you need to have the Cardboard Kingdom series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robin Pelletier

    I love the creativity of this series. I love the imagination that goes into the cardboard creations and costumes of these characters. I feel like if the kids in my neighborhood came up with these elaborate ideas and schemes, I would get them all the boxes they need to make their kingdom a reality. What I love most about this book: not a single character bats an eye when Jack starts to transform into the sorceress in "real" life and in the game. I also love the budding crush/hinted at potential r I love the creativity of this series. I love the imagination that goes into the cardboard creations and costumes of these characters. I feel like if the kids in my neighborhood came up with these elaborate ideas and schemes, I would get them all the boxes they need to make their kingdom a reality. What I love most about this book: not a single character bats an eye when Jack starts to transform into the sorceress in "real" life and in the game. I also love the budding crush/hinted at potential romance between Miguel and the Nate. I love how the characters all love and support each other in different ways: helping to create a new costume to stick it to bullies, offering advise around a campfire, staying up all night with a faithful canine companion to protect an animal queen, to offering to trick or treat with someone so they enjoy going still. I loved Alice's House of Horrors. She is a mastermind. I also enjoyed the fall/Halloween setting. If you need a fun, creative, heart warming graphic novel, this one will leave you in a good mood.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    This is one of my favorite kids' graphic novel series. The second is just as fun as the first. This is one of my favorite kids' graphic novel series. The second is just as fun as the first.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Loz

    Cute fun gentle

  5. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    While I love how inclusive this book is, I had to refer to the character chart over and over. It disrupted the flow for me - good thing it's a simple story! I do think kids will love it! While I love how inclusive this book is, I had to refer to the character chart over and over. It disrupted the flow for me - good thing it's a simple story! I do think kids will love it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    Where the first book took place during the summer, Roar of the Beast is rooted in the fall with Halloween playing a key role. I absolutely adored The Cardboard Kingdom and couldn't wait to tear into the sequel. Unfortunately it was nowhere near as great as the first - namely due to the monster looming over the neighborhood. I...didn't care about that storyline. Everything else these kids are going through (depression, a deepening crush between two boys, bullying, divorce, etc) was just as loving Where the first book took place during the summer, Roar of the Beast is rooted in the fall with Halloween playing a key role. I absolutely adored The Cardboard Kingdom and couldn't wait to tear into the sequel. Unfortunately it was nowhere near as great as the first - namely due to the monster looming over the neighborhood. I...didn't care about that storyline. Everything else these kids are going through (depression, a deepening crush between two boys, bullying, divorce, etc) was just as lovingly handled as in the first book though.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central As Halloween approached, the Cardboard Kingdom characters are getting ready, but there are problems. Elijah is worried that his stepbrother doesn't want as much to do with him, Alice is generally secretive and the costume plans, and Miguel is still trying to understand his feelings for Nate. Vijay, whose role is the Beast, is bullied by older teenagers, who make fun of his mask,and even though his sister Shikha confronts t E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central As Halloween approached, the Cardboard Kingdom characters are getting ready, but there are problems. Elijah is worried that his stepbrother doesn't want as much to do with him, Alice is generally secretive and the costume plans, and Miguel is still trying to understand his feelings for Nate. Vijay, whose role is the Beast, is bullied by older teenagers, who make fun of his mask,and even though his sister Shikha confronts them, they still pop up and give the group problems. When Nate breaks his leg going after what appears to be a monster in the neighborhood, the group is on high alert. They form watches at night and worry that the monster will bring trouble to the neighborhood on Halloween. When they find out who is controlling the monster, will they be able to do anything about it? The best part of these books is the variety of characters. From Alice (who is always wandering aroudn with an evil plan saying "Bwa ha ha ha ha") to frightened Elijah to take charge Shikhas, the members of the Monster Mashers are well developed, and we get glimpses into their family life. My favorite is probably Animal Queen, who has a lot of power in the group, but whose parents don't want to let her go trick-or-treating. The illustrations help the story a lot, and enables us to see what the children really look like in their costumes and also how they FEEL they look. Imaginative play is rather a lost art, and by middle school, tweens don't engage in quite as much of it. Even though there are some naysaying teenagers, it's good to see that there is a neighborhood group encouraging creativity in costuming, story writing, and general world building. How cool is it that there is a Dragon's Head Inn that serves refreshments out of a garage! The color palette has a lot of purple and orange, which helps create the spooky feel of Halloween. There should be more middle grade books involving this holiday-- it's huge in the tween world because of the freedom that children are allowed to roam the neighborhood at night, costumes that allow children to take on other identities, and most importantly... candy! Roar of the Beast is a good addition to imaginative graphic novels like Moyer's Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter, Winnick's Hilo, and Graley's Donut the Destroyer.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kenya Starflight

    The first book of the Cardboard Kingdom series (aptly titled The Cardboard Kingdom) was a delightful read -- an ode to the power of imagination, friendship, and being yourself. It was more of a collection of interlocking vignettes than a cohesive story, but it was still a great deal of fun and great for both the young and the young at heart. "Roar of the Beast," the sequel, has an actual story arc, but still interconnects the stories of the kids in this neighborhood and their alter-egos... and h The first book of the Cardboard Kingdom series (aptly titled The Cardboard Kingdom) was a delightful read -- an ode to the power of imagination, friendship, and being yourself. It was more of a collection of interlocking vignettes than a cohesive story, but it was still a great deal of fun and great for both the young and the young at heart. "Roar of the Beast," the sequel, has an actual story arc, but still interconnects the stories of the kids in this neighborhood and their alter-egos... and how the bonds of friendship see them through a difficult time. When Vijay, a.k.a. The Beast, suffers blows to both body and ego during an altercation with the neighborhood bullies, he gives up his alter-ego and sinks into a funk. But his friends' efforts to try to cheer him up are interrupted by the appearance of a terrible monster! And when Nate, a.k.a. The Prince, breaks his leg trying to identify it, the neighborhood kids are determined to discover just what it is. What is this creature? Who created it? Why is Alice, proprietor of the Dragon's Head tavern (run out of her garage) acting so secretive? And will the monster ruin Halloween... and the friendships of the neighborhood kids? Just like the first book, the artwork in this book is nicely stylized and colorful, with great designs of both the kids' cardboard costumes and their alter-egos. The color scheme is slightly altered from the first book, which helps show the passing of time and changing of the seasons -- the first book took place mainly in summer, while the second book takes place during autumn, meaning warmer colors and more earth tones. The panel layout is easy to follow, and the book makes nice use of splash pages and dialogue-free panels to help convey the story through pictures as well as words. It's also nice to see the kids from the first book grow and develop further in this book. And amazingly, almost every character from the first book gets their moment to shine in this book, and sees moments of growth. Some only get a few pages, such as the Robot and the Banshee, but they still have their moments to shine and to show their personalities. Hopefully they'll get a little more focus in the third book... and I do hope there's a third book. The Cardboard Kingdom books are great for kids of all ages, even ones who think they've outgrown the world of imagination and playing with cardboard boxes. And it's great to revisit these characters and see how they've grown. Crossing my fingers for a third volume!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    My daughter read this book and below is her review: The Cardboard Kingdom is back with another mystery, and there seems to be some sort of monster out there in the kingdom. Nate, the kingdom’s prince, is positive he saw it himself. No one believes him, though. Things get even worse when Vijay the Beast is trying to find himself again, and Nate’s stepbrother, Elijah, seems to be nervous about something, but what? It’s almost Halloween, and the kids still haven’t solved the mystery, due to other co My daughter read this book and below is her review: The Cardboard Kingdom is back with another mystery, and there seems to be some sort of monster out there in the kingdom. Nate, the kingdom’s prince, is positive he saw it himself. No one believes him, though. Things get even worse when Vijay the Beast is trying to find himself again, and Nate’s stepbrother, Elijah, seems to be nervous about something, but what? It’s almost Halloween, and the kids still haven’t solved the mystery, due to other complicated things. What can the kingdom do about it? Calling all heroes, mages, beasts, and more, because when the beast comes back, they’ll be more than ready. I like the artwork and how the panels are all different shapes and sizes. The ending was not how I expected it to be, though it turned out great. Years ago, my favorite character was the Sorceress. My favorite characters are now The Blacksmith and The Knight. I love how all the kids in the kingdom are all different and amazingly creative. This book is full of feelings: emotion, drama, kindness, and humor. Highly recommended for imaginative readers and crafters of all kinds. You can be anything you want to be in the cardboard kingdom.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paul Cochrun

    I had an absolute blast reading and reviewing the Chad Sell’s first Cardboard Kingdom graphic novel… And when I saw that the author/ illustrator created Roar of the Beast, I knew I had to check it out. I was not disappointed: All the characters are back from the first book… and conflicts arise as they ramp up for Halloween. Each has a particular vision of how they want this special holiday to go… Yet, things get in the way… bullies and… a monster? The artwork, the diversity of the characters, and I had an absolute blast reading and reviewing the Chad Sell’s first Cardboard Kingdom graphic novel… And when I saw that the author/ illustrator created Roar of the Beast, I knew I had to check it out. I was not disappointed: All the characters are back from the first book… and conflicts arise as they ramp up for Halloween. Each has a particular vision of how they want this special holiday to go… Yet, things get in the way… bullies and… a monster? The artwork, the diversity of the characters, and the individually-crafted storylines create a perfect sequel! Chad Sell’s Website: Click through to find coloring pages inspired by the series… and instructions to make the Cardboard Kingdom’s masks! I already downloaded a couple designs to work on with my own kids. Also of note: while writing this review I took a minute to write a friend an email about this book. I love this series! For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2021/06/02/th... For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog/

  11. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    When Vijay gives up his title, the Beast, it’s due to the teenager bullies of the neighborhood he withdraws into himself. His sister and friends can’t get him to respond to them. That same night Nate breaks his leg to chase after a monster he saw. No one believes him. Then others see the monster. The unknown monster is roaming in the cardboard kingdom when it gets dark. The monster is horrible looking with claws or wings or tentacles? The individual sees different things when looking at the mons When Vijay gives up his title, the Beast, it’s due to the teenager bullies of the neighborhood he withdraws into himself. His sister and friends can’t get him to respond to them. That same night Nate breaks his leg to chase after a monster he saw. No one believes him. Then others see the monster. The unknown monster is roaming in the cardboard kingdom when it gets dark. The monster is horrible looking with claws or wings or tentacles? The individual sees different things when looking at the monster. What is this monster? Even though Halloween is soon, the kids become monster mashers. They will go to any length to save the kingdom and get the monster. Why is there a monster? How did it get there? And did someone create the monster? If so, who? The author or authors writes about the difficulties of little kid becoming big kid. The transition also causes them to question internally. It’s never easy transiting from little to big to teenager to adult. Hopefully this will help those kids who read this know that they aren’t the only ones to wonder about growing up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    So it had been a while since I read Cardboard Kingdom and even with the little picture at the beginning of the book, it took me a while to remember the characters. In fact, I was really disliking the book because of that until about 1/3 of the way in. Then I got used to them again and I started to really enjoy the story. I like the message about talking about your feelings, friendship, using your imagination, and being yourself. I will say that it is somewhat obvious that there are 9 writers to So it had been a while since I read Cardboard Kingdom and even with the little picture at the beginning of the book, it took me a while to remember the characters. In fact, I was really disliking the book because of that until about 1/3 of the way in. Then I got used to them again and I started to really enjoy the story. I like the message about talking about your feelings, friendship, using your imagination, and being yourself. I will say that it is somewhat obvious that there are 9 writers to this book as there are often moments that seem really jumbled up. There were a few times I had to go back to see if I skipped a page (I only had once haha) because things just didn't totally flow. Sometimes there would be a panel with one character, the next panel with a different character/setting, a third panel with another different character/setting and then a fourth panel back with the first character/setting. It was a little bit chaotic to me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Graphic Novel I received an electronic ARC from Random House Children's Publishing through NetGalley. This sequel offers readers a chance to return to the Cardboard Kingdom and meet up with the inhabitants. We learn more about these characters and how they interact when scared or discouraged. The teams work together to figure out what the monster is and how to defeat it and to stand up to the teenage bullies who attack the Beast and his friends to begin the story. The illustrations are highly detai Graphic Novel I received an electronic ARC from Random House Children's Publishing through NetGalley. This sequel offers readers a chance to return to the Cardboard Kingdom and meet up with the inhabitants. We learn more about these characters and how they interact when scared or discouraged. The teams work together to figure out what the monster is and how to defeat it and to stand up to the teenage bullies who attack the Beast and his friends to begin the story. The illustrations are highly detailed and clearly show the personalities for each character. Readers will connect to the characters and may identify with at least one. The chapters move seamlessly through the overall story arc and build the suspense. In the end, the resolution works and offers just enough scary with the fun. Hope we get a chance to return to this kingdom soon.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'The Cardboard Kingdom #2: Roar of the Beast' by Chad Sell and company is a graphic novel for young readers about a group of friends with big imaginations. It's almost Halloween, and the kids are excited, but there is a monster on the loose in the neighborhood, er, kingdom. Vijay sees it and falls down the stairs, so it's up to his friends to track down the monster while Vijay heals. Some want vengeance, and some see the monster as a cool feature for a haunted house. I did not read the first volum 'The Cardboard Kingdom #2: Roar of the Beast' by Chad Sell and company is a graphic novel for young readers about a group of friends with big imaginations. It's almost Halloween, and the kids are excited, but there is a monster on the loose in the neighborhood, er, kingdom. Vijay sees it and falls down the stairs, so it's up to his friends to track down the monster while Vijay heals. Some want vengeance, and some see the monster as a cool feature for a haunted house. I did not read the first volume, but the first thing I noticed is that are a lot of characters in this series. The art has a blocky style that is kind of fun. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Random House Children's and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dierric

    An epic Halloween mystery with the cardboard kingdom! Nate knows he saw a monster in his backyard trying to attack his brother Elijah. Elijah tries to convince Nate that there wasn't any monster and he was just imagining things. But after more kids confirm that they too have seen the monster, the cardboard kingdom come together to try to capture the monster. Vijay/the beast won't even leave his house because of it. Turns out Vijay/the beast just unveiled his design for a bigger and badder beast An epic Halloween mystery with the cardboard kingdom! Nate knows he saw a monster in his backyard trying to attack his brother Elijah. Elijah tries to convince Nate that there wasn't any monster and he was just imagining things. But after more kids confirm that they too have seen the monster, the cardboard kingdom come together to try to capture the monster. Vijay/the beast won't even leave his house because of it. Turns out Vijay/the beast just unveiled his design for a bigger and badder beast costume, but after a run in with some teens Vijay doesn't feel so beast-like anymore. Elijah tries to make things better by creating Vijay's new beast design, but things get out of control and it appears that a monster is in the neighborhood terrorizing all of the kids.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I think one of my favorite parts of this book, and the first cardboard Kingdom book as well, is how deep it actually is. At first I thought it would be a fun, cute graphic novel about kids being creative. Don't get me wrong, it is that, but it's also so much more. The children deal with bullying, figuring out who they are, being sad, sticking up for themselves, family issues, friend issues, and so much more. The writing is fun, engaging, imaginative, and easy to read. The art is really great. I I think one of my favorite parts of this book, and the first cardboard Kingdom book as well, is how deep it actually is. At first I thought it would be a fun, cute graphic novel about kids being creative. Don't get me wrong, it is that, but it's also so much more. The children deal with bullying, figuring out who they are, being sad, sticking up for themselves, family issues, friend issues, and so much more. The writing is fun, engaging, imaginative, and easy to read. The art is really great. I would children read the first book before this one to get a better understanding of how the Cardboard Kingdom began. (Read a digital ARC via Netgalley.)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kayla M

    I really enjoyed how well the multiple artists were able to blend their characters into a cohesive story. There are a lot of characters, and it is sometimes had to keep track of who is who, especially when comparing the kid's costume character to their imagined alter ego. I also appreciated the way the "good" and "evil" sides of the Cardboard Kingdom banded together to handle their common enemy, "the teens." The illustrations and colors are vibrant and each character has a distinct personality t I really enjoyed how well the multiple artists were able to blend their characters into a cohesive story. There are a lot of characters, and it is sometimes had to keep track of who is who, especially when comparing the kid's costume character to their imagined alter ego. I also appreciated the way the "good" and "evil" sides of the Cardboard Kingdom banded together to handle their common enemy, "the teens." The illustrations and colors are vibrant and each character has a distinct personality that comes through both in their regular state and as their alter ego. I hope readers are inspired to create their own cardboard kingdom after reading this graphic novel.

  18. 5 out of 5

    michelle

    The Cardboard Kingdom #2: Roar of the Beast brings back all of those characters on a deeper level as one of the children has started to get bullied by the neighborhood teens. They are all getting ready to celebrate Halloween when Vijay, aka the Beast, gets bullied by neighborhood "monsters." He gives up his alter-ego and sinks into a funk. We all do that from time to time and need our friends to help pull us up out of it. So it is for the CK crew. This is a great sequel that really shows how dee The Cardboard Kingdom #2: Roar of the Beast brings back all of those characters on a deeper level as one of the children has started to get bullied by the neighborhood teens. They are all getting ready to celebrate Halloween when Vijay, aka the Beast, gets bullied by neighborhood "monsters." He gives up his alter-ego and sinks into a funk. We all do that from time to time and need our friends to help pull us up out of it. So it is for the CK crew. This is a great sequel that really shows how deep the Cardboard Kingdom books are. *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Not quite as good as the first, but still fast paced and expertly woven. There are so many kids and trying to keep them and their "characters" straight can be a bit of a challenge at times but the art in this book is so vibrant and enjoyable that you can quickly catch up. This one didn't tackle quite as many "topics" as the first, but it still snuck in some "serious" stuff and healthy ways of handling them. I can't say enough how clever this series is. Not only is it visually pleasing but it real Not quite as good as the first, but still fast paced and expertly woven. There are so many kids and trying to keep them and their "characters" straight can be a bit of a challenge at times but the art in this book is so vibrant and enjoyable that you can quickly catch up. This one didn't tackle quite as many "topics" as the first, but it still snuck in some "serious" stuff and healthy ways of handling them. I can't say enough how clever this series is. Not only is it visually pleasing but it really does subtly address some common issues faced by kids as they are growing up and learning about their own feelings and the feelings of others.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    The kiddo and I took turns reading this to one another. I did like it, though not as much as the first. The first is a series of vignettes and a little more light-hearted (while still touching on some important issues). This one was a novel and a bit heavier. I still appreciated the important issues it touched on (depression, divorce, blended families, bullies) and the representation here (various characters of color, an AMAB character who is possibly trans or at least exploring gender, two boys The kiddo and I took turns reading this to one another. I did like it, though not as much as the first. The first is a series of vignettes and a little more light-hearted (while still touching on some important issues). This one was a novel and a bit heavier. I still appreciated the important issues it touched on (depression, divorce, blended families, bullies) and the representation here (various characters of color, an AMAB character who is possibly trans or at least exploring gender, two boys who appear to have a crush on one another), and again, I liked it a lot, just not quite as much as the first one. Still would recommend.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an eARC courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children's via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Another wonderful addition to the Cardboard Kingdom universe! Kids are going to continue to love following the adventures of all of these heroes and villains as they battle an unknown beast and some teenage bullies. Great diversity and a hilarious storyline make this a delight to read. For Libraries: If the first book was popular in your library, your kids are going I received an eARC courtesy of Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House Children's via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Another wonderful addition to the Cardboard Kingdom universe! Kids are going to continue to love following the adventures of all of these heroes and villains as they battle an unknown beast and some teenage bullies. Great diversity and a hilarious storyline make this a delight to read. For Libraries: If the first book was popular in your library, your kids are going to be clamoring for this one! Plus it is set at Halloween, so it is an easy sell.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cindy • leavemetomybooks•

    A second installment of The Cardboard Kingdom is going to make so many kids (including mine) SO HAPPY - HOOORAY!!! I will admit that I didn't immediately love Chad Sell's drawing style in the first Cardboard Kingdom, but it totally grew on me - it so perfectly captures the bold, crazy exuberance of the Kingdom kids' imaginations and emotions. The flip-flopping between reality and what the kids are picturing is so cool. Just as much fun as the first book -- this is going to be a super popular title A second installment of The Cardboard Kingdom is going to make so many kids (including mine) SO HAPPY - HOOORAY!!! I will admit that I didn't immediately love Chad Sell's drawing style in the first Cardboard Kingdom, but it totally grew on me - it so perfectly captures the bold, crazy exuberance of the Kingdom kids' imaginations and emotions. The flip-flopping between reality and what the kids are picturing is so cool. Just as much fun as the first book -- this is going to be a super popular title at my elementary school library! *Thank you to Random House Children's Books for the eARC for review! Pub date: 6/1/21

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shaylin Maxwell

    I got this for my 11 year old daughter and here is her review: I loved this book! I thought this book was even better than the first. It had a great story line. The pictures were colorful and fun. This book had some mystery in it which made it fun. I would recommend you read the first book in this series because it will make more sense. I’m hoping there will be another book in this series because I really enjoy it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Children’s for the ARC of this in exchange for my honest review This series is just so wholesome and adorable, and lightly tense/spooky. I loved the diversity, how the friendships work, and seeing some young crushes. Plus the art was really cute, especially all the costumes! Definitely going to recommend my young reader picks this up too, because I’m sure it’ll be a hit.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    I’ve just finished this (the second in the series) and it just reminded me that this series is so fun. This is jam packed with imagination, monsters, heroes, being scared and the different ways to be a hero! When a monster is terrorising the kingdom it takes the whole gang to bring peace back! I loved the nod to the 2 princes guarding over the kingdom and the illustrations again just blew me away! I really hope we keep getting more from this series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Aud

    An excellent follow-up to a fabulous first book (though I did like the first one better). I appreciate that we follow different characters a little more closely this time, though we get at least cameos from everybody, enough to see some degree of growth from most of the cast. It's also great to see how this giant game the kids are playing has pulled them all together as a community and as friends, and how that didn't end when the summer did. I love that. I hope we see more! An excellent follow-up to a fabulous first book (though I did like the first one better). I appreciate that we follow different characters a little more closely this time, though we get at least cameos from everybody, enough to see some degree of growth from most of the cast. It's also great to see how this giant game the kids are playing has pulled them all together as a community and as friends, and how that didn't end when the summer did. I love that. I hope we see more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I loved the original Cardboard Kingdom graphic novel, and the second one did not disappoint. The characters are original, diverse, and dynamic. I love the friendships, and the realistic relationships the kids have with their families and each other. In this sequel, the citizens of the Cardboard Kingdom battle an unknown monster that is terrorizing the neighborhood. Will they prevail? Will they also be able to stand up to the bullying of the neighborhood teens? Will they be able to stand up to ea I loved the original Cardboard Kingdom graphic novel, and the second one did not disappoint. The characters are original, diverse, and dynamic. I love the friendships, and the realistic relationships the kids have with their families and each other. In this sequel, the citizens of the Cardboard Kingdom battle an unknown monster that is terrorizing the neighborhood. Will they prevail? Will they also be able to stand up to the bullying of the neighborhood teens? Will they be able to stand up to each other, and do the right thing? Find out in Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Grabs

    Oh my... what a fantastic continuation of The Cardboard Kingdom! The depth, emotion, and lives of the diverse cast is perfect and shows what can be accomplished when people focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. This is one series that should be required reading. Thank you NetGalley and Random House Children's for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy. Oh my... what a fantastic continuation of The Cardboard Kingdom! The depth, emotion, and lives of the diverse cast is perfect and shows what can be accomplished when people focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. This is one series that should be required reading. Thank you NetGalley and Random House Children's for the opportunity to read an advance reading copy.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Mcdonald

    Cardboard Kingdom “Roar of the Beast” by Chad Sell and co-authors is the follow up graphic novel to the original. It is also filled with creative, inclusive, & diverse characters & storylines. The many characters merge into a quick imaginative graphic novel for young readers. The original was a popular read in my classroom & this is sure to be just as popular. #mcdreads

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bexa

    This was just such a great sequel to Cardboard Kingdom. All the groups work together to defeat the monster, but is it a monster or something else? Filled with a diverse cast of characters that all want to support each other (eventually...) and focus on real ways to handle issues that come up for kids. With excellent artwork yet again, this was just a great addition to the story.

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