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The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen From the Future (Captain Underpants) Paperback – May 1, 2011

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Gr 3-6–The year is 500,001 BC. The town is Caveland, OH. Ook Schadowski and Gluk Jones have a knack for getting under the skin of no-good Chief Goppernopper, the ruler of Caveland. When one of his distant descendants uses a portal to travel back in time from AD 2222 and steal natural resources, our heroes jump into action, traveling to the future, where they learn kung fu and eventually put a stop to the evildoers. The humor is completely immature, and for the target audience, completely hilarious. Billed as The Second Graphic Novel by George Beard and Harold Hutchins–The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby (Scholastic, 2002) was the first–the book is crafted to look like it was written and illustrated by kids, employing rough black-and-white pencil and watercolor artwork. Also in keeping with the ruse, words are often misspelled–a fact that will drive many teachers and parents bonkers, but will likely have little effect on the spelling skills of youngsters. Few books can inspire the level of devotion seen by the “Captain Underpants” series, but Pilkey has likely re-created that feat with the joyous Ook and Gluk, a book destined to fly off the shelves and circulate until the cover falls off.–Travis Jonker, Dorr Elementary School, MIα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. Grades 2-4. --Kat Kan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 420 (What's this?)
  • Series: Captain Underpants
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: The Blue Sky Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545385776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545385770
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: My ds read aloud to me as his reader.

I received this book as an *extra* from Scholastic, along with one I had requested to review. I was not entirely impressed, I'm sorry to say. Neither I nor my children (up to 21 yo) have ever read a Dav Pilkey book and there has been a reason for that. I admit I do have certain la-di-da standards when it comes to what books I allow to pass through my children's hands and yes, you could call me a "book snob" in that sense. One of the things that has always irritated me to no end is when parents, teachers, librarians, etc. will say about a child who consistently reads books with little to no literary merit is "At least they're reading!". My response to that has always been: You don't hand a child who won't eat his vegetables a box of cookies and say "At least they're eating!". It's the same thing, to me.

But I have to admit, publicly, here and now, that I WAS WRONG about Dav Pilkey! At first glance through this book, I cringed at the purposeful spelling and grammar errors. I thought the story was silly (stupid, even) but then told myself the book is for 10yo boys not *ahem*yo mothers; the boys would love it. Wait a minute, *I* have a 10yo boy! Then I began to actually read the text and realized my 10 yo son would be able to read a good portion of this book. My son is autistic with several learning disabilities and at this point is reading easy readers. Here was a book, a thick book, with chapters, that was aimed at his age group that might actually excite him about reading. So I gave him the book, and while he did need a lot of help, he *could* read much of the book and LOVED the story. Every morning when we started our routine, he would say "I can't wait to read my book!
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Format: Hardcover
This is a review by the 10 year old who insisted on buying this book:

The book is hilarious. It has all sorts of funny things. They have all sorts of adventures, it's just like the old Capt. Underpants books only it's even funnier.

A dinosaur chased Ook & Gluk, and the dinosaur fell into quicksand, but Ook & Gluk found the dino was just scaring them because of it's baby. So they tried to get it out of the quicksand by having a gorilla chase them. They ran up a tree, the gorilla pushed the tree over into the quicksand and saved the dinosaur.

The reason they say Kung Fu cavemen from the future, was because it takes place in cavemen time. There's time travel with evil guys from the future going back in time to take all of the trees, all of their energy, most of the oil, some of the delicious good water, and they're going back to the future in 2222 AD.

You have to read this book. It has a bunch of flip o ramas - that's when you take 2 pages that look almost the same and you flip them back and forth to look like a little cartoon. I read the book in one day. I can not wait till the sequel 'The Adventure of Ook & Gluk Jr, Kung Fu Cavekids in Outer Space' comes out.

Note by Mom: This is a book that encourages children to read and have fun with their imagination. It's a quality hard back book, and is suitable for a boy or girl.
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My sons and I have read all the Captain Underpants books and have loved most of them. Super Diaper Baby wasn't fantastic but still had some funny stuff in it. The mis-spelled words haven't been a problem. However, I regret buying Ook & Gluk. There are a few reasons, but the main one I'm writing about is the name-calling. Like "you dummies", "you dumb kids", "you idiot", "you are an idiot", "hate you guys", "you dipwad", etc. Also, things like "dang", "what the", "me keel you", "you're the father of my butt". Anyway, we were all looking forward to this book. But it's just not as good as the CU series.
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Dav Pilkey hasn't lost his touch with kids. The illustrations are sheer joy. There is even a moral to the story. Remember it's a book written by 2 elementary school boys, so there are misspellings. Dav Pilkey uses this method to encourage kids to write. It may seem appalling, but it does work. My son has been inspired by Pilkey to write and draw his own comics.

Out of the ordinary methods or thoughts will always be reprimanded by fearful, ignorant people. Take a lesson in history. Mark Twain and George Orwell both revered authors, once had their books banned. I think after Pilkey has published over 45 books, which he has not only written but illustrated himself, he may be on to something. KEEP AN OPEN MIND. Check out Pilkey's other books: GOD BLESS THE GARGOYLES or THE PAPERBOY. Poetic and stunning art. I believe many adults and kids have lost the magic of pure imagination and also a sense of humor.
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There is a MORAL to the story. It teaches kids new perspectives. For example, Master Wong points out that the boys think Lily, the baby dinosaur, is small but from a bug's point of view, Lily is big. Master Wong teaches the boys that trophies and accolades do not make you a good person. It's actually pretty deep philosophically believe it or not. Something that may be considered negative, like barfing, can actually be used to save the world! Using poison as medicine seems to be the theme. Parents need to really READ the book. It's funny and you might learn something. Dav Pilkey isn't just about "poop fiction". He's a genius at getting good messages across to kids through humor and helping them to learn the truly important things in life that matter. It's a good story with lively illustrations. If you are caught up in the gross humor and misspellings than you've missed the point of the story as most people seem to miss the point because they just laugh so hard. It teaches people to look beyond what they can see. There is so much more to life. Yes, we live in an age of spell check and grammar check. Parents may be worried their children will not learn to spell. Wouldn't it be sad if children stop writing and creating because they have been programmed to use spell check and are afraid of making mistakes?
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