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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Book Review: The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Fung-Fu Cavemen of the Future by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

Publication Date: August 2010
Acquisition: received a copy for review

Summary:
In this all-new graphic novel, George Beard and Harold Hutchins present the sensational saga of two silly cave boys 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 are 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.

My Thoughts:
A really fun read. I've always loved graphic novels and I know that if this book was around when I was a kid, I would have loved it.

Reading it as an adult, it was a little hard getting past the intentional grammatical and spelling errors. It's not really a criticism but, personally, I think I would have liked this book more if the characters weren't depicted as talking in 'caveman language'. Saying things like "Me think we made new friends" and "Maybe we drop bees on hims head?" got to me after a while. The spelling also was a little trying at times. BUT these features are intentionally there as a means to annoy grown-ups so I would say, it's a success! :)

With that said, I really did like the story. Ook and Gluk really do travel to the future, learn Fung-Fu and save their world. It was a pretty exciting adventure.

The flow of the graphics worked really well and like the summary says, each chapter contains Flip-O-Rama! A flip the pages really fast to see a cool 'moving' picture, sort of thing. It added even more fun into the overall story for me.

I think Ook and Gluk would make a good gift for young readers in your lives. I know I'll be holding on to my copy for my little one. Lots of laughs, adventures, dinosaurs, Kung-Fu and time travel - what more could a kid ask for!

Overall Rating:
3.5 / 5 Stars

Linkage Love:
Scholastic
Goodreads

2 comments:

  1. YAY, there' s new series of George and Harold
    How I miss their story and ilustration

    Unfortunately, the publisher who bought the book right seems does not continue to bring out the next book. :(

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  2. I hope the next book come out soon

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