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The Adventures of Oook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future by Dav Pilkey

Published by The Blue Sky Press (An Imprint of Scholastic)

Pages: 176

Ages: 7 and up.

Publishers Summary:In this all-new graphic novel, George Beard and Harold Hutchins present the sensational saga of two silly caveboys named Ook and Gluk. Ook and Gluk have a pretty awesome life growing up together in Caveland, Ohio, in 500,001 BC—even though they’re always getting in trouble with their nasty leader, Big Chief Goppernopper. But Ook and Gluk’s idyllic life takes a turn for the terrible when an evil corporation from the future invades their quiet, prehistoric town. When Ook, Gluk, and their little dinosaur pal, Lily, are pulled through a time portal to the year 2222 AD, they discover that the world of the future is even worse than the devastated one they came from. Fortunately, they find a friend in Master Wong, a martial arts instructor who trains them in the ways of kung fu, so that they may one day return home and make things right again. And, like the other Captain Underpants books, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future features the world’s cheesiest animation technology, “Flip-O-Rama,” in every chapter.

It’s 500,000 B.C. and Ook and Gluck are on a rampage, terrorizing the evil leader of their cavecity Caveland. When Chief Goppernopper has had enough and coincidentally runs into a future “Goppernopper” who has time traveled back to the past he decides to go after Ook and Gluk. In an attempt to solve the problem, Ook and Gluk seek out the help of a wise and talented martial arts trainer from the future named Master Wong. Master Wong teaches them everything he knows and eventually they are able to return to their village and set things right.

The Adventures of Oook and Gluk – Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future is a hilarious story. From page one to the very last page you can’t help snicker and chuckle at the humor that runs through each and every page. There are little things like the name of the city Ook and Gluk live in, “Caveland, Ohio” and the pronunciations of their names that creates some very silly banter between the characters. Take a look at the interior spread for a small taste:

Overall I think this was such an entertaining and quite goofy book. The characters and their journey are something I think young readers, especially reluctant ones, will truly enjoy. If I had any concerns about the story it would be that there are quite a few spelling errors throughout the story and the cavemen “speak” like cavemen. Granted, in the back of the book there is a section titled “Cavemonics” that teaches readers all about why they speak the way they do. The story is also “supposed” to be written by very young writers, George Beard and Harold Hutchins who are both around ten years old. Had the “Cavemonics” appeared a little earlier in the book I may not have been so concerned about the grammar/spelling errors, but I do worry it may foul a few readers up. Otherwise, it’s still a very enjoyable read and one that fans of the Captain Underpants series are sure to want to pick up!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 7 to 12. Kung-Fu masters and Captain Underpants fans watch out Ook and Gluk are on there way! Perfect for reluctant readers looking for a great laugh.

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Giveaway!

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6 Responses to Book Review and Giveaway: The Adventures of Oook and Gluk – Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future by Dav Pilkey

  1. Gina says:

    Now see I’m not a big fan of graphic novels in general, but ones like this somehow break through the stereo typical mold….and wow, great giveaway too! Good luck to everyone! ^_^

  2. Big Dav Pilkey Fan here! Would love to win this giveaway!

  3. Kristen M. says:

    I keep seeing this book, thinking how much Z would love it and then promptly forgetting about it again. Thanks for reminding me!

  4. Pam says:

    Thank you! I am dying to read Tony Baloney and Addie wants to read so many of these.

  5. Jennifer says:

    My kid brought this home from school… what a bunch of garbage. How can we expect 2nd graders to learn to spell and read with books like this. Just in that first page you show a screen shot of there are 8 mispelled words!

    • That was my feeling about the book as well. I had a hard time feeling overly positive about it when from a literacy stand point it was just terrible. If the “glossary” was in the front I think it could have changed everything.

      If you’re looking for similar books with a much much better educational but fun feeling I’d definitely try the Aldo Zelnick series. It’s excellent!

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