Comic Book / Cardboard
Cam's dad is a carpenter who's been out of work for a while. He wants to give his son a cool birthday present, but all he can afford is a 78-cent cardboard box from a mysterious old man with a lazy eye. Cam and his dad make the most of the lame birthday present by cutting and pasting the box into the shape of a cardboard boxer – who magically comes to life. Coolest birthday present in the history of the universe.
When Cam's evil neighbor Marcus finds out about the cardboard boxer, he steals some of the magic cardboard to make his own monsters. It's a foregone conclusion that his creations turn on him. With cardboard creatures rampaging all over the neighborhood, Cam, Cam's dad, and Bill the cardboard boxer must step in to save the day.
This book provides examples of:
- Bigger on the Inside: The cardboard monsters somehow manage to build an entire world inside Marcus's house.
- Fanservice: Cam's dad sleeps in only his underwear, and he gets woken up in the middle of the night at least twice .
- Heroic Sacrifice: The use of the cloud bomb at the end.
- Kill It with Water: The cardboard creatures are susceptible to water.
- Missing Mom: Cam's mom died before the story begins.
- Pinocchio Syndrome: Bill the Boxer wants to be human.
- Rule of Funny: The boxing match between Bill and the Death Boxer doesn't have much to do with the plot, but it's cool.
- Running Gag: Cam's dad sure gets punched in the chin a lot.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Marcus's henchman Pinkeye quotes this before bolting for the door.