The Cardboard Kingdom Series

The Cardboard Kingdom (2018) - Knopf/Random House

Welcome to a neighborhood of kids who transform ordinary boxes into colorful costumes, and their ordinary block into cardboard kingdom. This is the summer when sixteen kids encounter knights and rogues, robots and monsters–and their own inner demons–on one last quest before school starts again.

In the Cardboard Kingdom, you can be anything you want to be–imagine that!

The Cardboard Kingdom was created, organized, and drawn by Chad Sell with writing from ten other authors: Jay Fuller, David DeMeo Kris Moore, Molly Muldoon, Vid Alliger, Manuel Betancourt, Michael Cole, Cloud Jacobs, and Barbara Perez Marquez. The Cardboard Kingdom affirms the power of imagination and play during the most important years of adolescent identity-searching and emotional growth.

    • Eisner Nominee 2019
    • DiNKY Award Winner 2019
    • Texas Bluebonnet Master List
    • The Society of Midland Authors Honoree

"A breath of fresh air.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Readers may be inspired to craft their own cardboard kingdom after finishing the book. A must-have.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“Imagination, these kids prove, can erase what seem like unbridgeable differences.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Vibrant and rich…. A cross between Stevenson’s Nimona and Raina Telgemeier’s characters.”—Bulletin, starred review

“This easy-reading story offers—in a fun, engaging package—a meaningful commentary on the importance of childhood games.”—Booklist, starred review

The Cardboard Kingdom: The Roar of the Beast


The Cardboard Kingdom: Snow and Sorcery

Release Date: November 7, 2023