I read the first book in 2018 and loved it! An imaginary tale with friendship and a fun neighbourhood. And then late 2021 I found out about the sequel. And of course… I had to have it! On the wishlist it went and again a big thanks to my husband for giving it to me as a gift!
I have to say that for a big chunk of the book I was a tad confused with the characters and I couldn’t always get the names right. Some characters stuck with me more than others, but with some I just had to re-read parts. The cast is quite big after all, each kid in the book gets a bit of the spotlight. From Alice to Elijah to Jack. I love it, but I am terrible with big casts in books, especially when they each have their tales to tell. XD Still, after a while I settled into the book and things just clicked! I enjoyed reading about each of the characters and I love how things just got together in the end. How everything was solved.
Jack is still one of my favourite characters! I love how he (I hope I got the right pronouns) expresses himself through the Sorceress and in this one even dies his hair in a fabulous colour! I love how supportive people around him around, especially his mom is just the sweetest!
I love that this one centred around Halloween! We see the characters try to think up costumes, Alice is plotting something big (like she always is doing, this girl is just full of ideas), there is a big monster that is wandering around (and I just loved that plot, especially see the kids go all bonkers about it and things just escalating in those imaginations, though I would have liked Elijah to be a bit more honest towards his brother, I could understand he was afraid, but seriously, now Nate is just all paranoid about it, it would have helped if everyone was honest). There are also other themes like family, friendship, brother/sisters, insecurity, and bullying. I wasn’t happy with the bullies, but I love how people stood up to the bullies and that plan at the end was just chef kiss perfect! It was so much fun to read and I also loved seeing the kids costumes get very real in their imagination! Thinking up fantastic names and fantastic scenes. The Cardboard Kingdom is alive!
It was very well written and I just love the art.
All in all, I do hope that the artist makes more Cardboard Kingdom because I sure haven’t had enough of it! I need more! These kids are so likeable and I adore that they created a whole world featuring cardboard.