Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future

Booklist (September 15, 2010 (Vol. 107, No. 2))
Grades 2-4. Caveboys Ook and Gluk live in Caveland, Ohio, during the Stone Age, 500,001 BC, and they spend a lot of time annoying Chief Goppernopper, the ruler of Caveland, and fighting with Mog-Mog the Tyrannosaurus rex. One day, Goppernopper and the boys come across people from the future stealing natural resources. Ook and Gluk, along with baby Tyrannosaurus Lily, pass through the time machine into 2222 AD—a future in which Goppernopper Enterprises is reaping huge profits by despoiling the past—and learn kung fu to take on the evil corporation and save their own time. Pilkey uses the same style of art and irreverent humor as in his Captain Underpants books (in fact, this book is ostensibly created by the fourth-grade heroes of those books, George Beard and Harold Hutchins). Ook and Gluk—and all the inhabitants of Caveland for that matter—speak in poor, misspelled grammar (“Me shure hope this works”). This wild graphic novel will appeal to those who like silly adventures, puke-based humor, and kung-fu fighting.

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