Sunday, October 30, 2011

Book Review: The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen From The Future

Product Description from Amazon
Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun! 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\u2019re always getting in trouble with their nasty leader, Big Chief Goppernopper. But Ook and Gluk\u2019s 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

I needed a nice easy read. My brain has been on overdrive so I picked this off my bookshelf as I continue my quest to read all the hundreds of books I own that I have yet to read. I was not quite sure what to make of the book to start. I knew it was going to be cheesy and appeal to a lower level audience than what I am used to. However, I found myself really liking this book.

The things I enjoyed were the humorous bits, the language used, and the story line. I am beginning to think of of books and how they would be appeal to my six year old son. He is not ready to read these by himself, but it won't be long and this would be a book that he would get a kick out of with the dinosaurs, action, humor, etc.

The funny thing is that when they met with the Kung-Fu master I actually wrote down some good quotes to use. This was the last thing that I thought I would take away from this book, but I was surprised.

The one thing that I did not like was the spelling of words. Several times the words are spelled incorrectly. I think it is to go with the cavemen theme, but being that my son struggles with spelling this would only create more of a headache trying to explain that the book spelled words wrong.

Overall, this is a nice little surprise. I laughed at words like "poo" and this was just the read I needed. I can see why kids love this series and the Captain Underpants.

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