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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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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!Read more ›
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.
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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This series are my sons favorite! They are cute and funny! My son is almost 6 and we read thes together. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ryan & Alicia W.