Friday, November 19, 2010

Scholastic Holiday Book Giveaway + The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future Review

Our recent Scholastic school book fair has ended successfully, and while I'm relieved that it is over, I really enjoyed learning about the book interests of the younger school kids in our area. The more popular titles at our fair included the Wimpy Kid series, the Tangled tie-in books, Barbie books, the Pinkalicious series, Toy Story 3 books, Lego Minifigure, Star Wars Clone War and Marvel comics titles. Some of the more popular picture book titles included Merry Christmas Splat, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Grumpy Cat, Snowmen All Year and Skippyjon Jones Lost In Space.

One book I watched with interest was The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future. I received a review copy prior to the bookfair and wanted to gauge popularity. While the book wasn't one of our top sellers, we did sell several copies over the course of the book fair. The book is written in a graphic novel style and written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey, the author of the Captain Underpants series. (To clarify, the books are written and illustrated under the names and from the perspective of George Beard (age 9-3/4) and Harold Hutchins (age 10), the made-up child creators of Captain Underpants.)

In order to save Caveland, two caveboys, Ook and Gluk, living in 500,001 BC, must fight the evil chief Goppernopper and his descendants from the future. Using a time machine, Goppernopper and his descendants are stealing natural resources from the caveman days to supply their evil, greedy corporation in the year 2222. The Goppernoppers' enslave Ook and Gluk along with their friend Lily the dinosaur and drag them to the future. The caveboys manage to escape, remain in the future and take kung-fu lessons for seven years from the wise Master Wong. After intensive training in both fighting and philosophy, they embark on their "heros jerney" as grown men.



At first glance, I can honestly say that I wasn't sure what to think of Ook and Gluk. Graphic novels really aren't my thing, and I'm not sure my oldest (a kindergartner) is ready for this story. The book looks and reads like something a 10-year-old boy would write, and thus it contains several intentionally misspelled words and uses words like suckas, barf, pee-brain, dumb head and diaper breath. So I sat quietly at the fair, watching and observing this one book, waiting for someone to comment. And, low and behold, one mom that I know and respect spoke up. She told me that while her oldest son, a sixth grader, loves to read, her second-grade son is just the opposite. Ook and Gluk happens to be one of her second-grader's favorite books. He thinks it is hilarious. She also said that while it might not be something she would pick out, she was glad to encourage any interest in reading, despite the misspellings and the cavemen-speak (cavemonics).

The reluctant reader appeal is exactly what Pilkey intended when developing this book. He excels at creating books kids will want to read, even if they don't like to read. Just look at the success of the Captain Underpants series ... Ook and Gluk carries on this legacy. The book is filled with plenty of action and lots of silly moments. Plus, it might inspire young authors to write their own graphic novel. My advice to parents with this one is to decide what is and is not appropriate for your child and age level - if your kid wants to read it, maybe read parts of it together, talk about the misspellings, the wise Master's advice and the environmental themes, but most of all, make sure to have a little fun with it. I found Flip-O-Rama pages in each chapter surprisingly entertaining and quite clever. From what I hear, they are a huge hit with the kids as well! Learn how to create your own Flip-O-Rama in the video below:

"Warning: The folowing seckson contains graphic violins and may not be suitible for sensative grownups and other people who arent very fun." (directly quoted from the book, page 34)



Find more book related fun at http://www.pilkey.com.



Thanks to Scholastic, we have a HUGE prize pack filled with the most popular children’s books in the marketplace to offer one lucky reader! (Prize Pack Valued at $89.75) Titles include:
CAPTAIN SKY BLUE
IT’S CHRISTMAS DAVID
OOK and GLUK
TONY BALONEY
ODIOUS OGRE
I SPY CHRISTMAS A CHRISTMAS TREE

Give the gift of reading to your child this holiday season! Scholastic books make the perfect stocking stuffer for any child on your list.

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Thanks to Scholastic for providing me with a review copy of The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future. (I am an Amazon affiliate and may receive a very small commission for products purchased through my Amazon links. View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

102 comments:

Inspired Kathy said...

What great books! I'd love to win this.
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ape2016 said...

I would love to win these for my kids- there is a wide variety and age range covered by the books.
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Danelle said...

This selection of books are amazing. All my kids would love to read more than one of them, and that is a feat in itself.

I can't believe the selection.It is perfect for the ages of my kids.

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Amy said...

This looks like a great collection to add to a home library!

amweeks said...

What a wonderful selection of books for the upcoming holidays! I love that these books are geared to all different age levels!

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betsy said...

We just went to the book fair at our school.

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Terri said...

My niece and nephew would be thrilled to receive this for Xmas
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Linda Kish said...

This would be wonderful for my great niece & nephew.

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Mary said...

Great kids books! The daycare kids love the David books.

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Stephanie said...

I would love to win these for my classroom library.
Thanks for the giveaway.

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Lisa said...

We love Scholasic books. I've already picked up a few for the kids' stockings this year.

souldolphindream said...

What a cool bunch of books. My kids would just love them. They just had their Scholastic bookfair last week and got some really great books

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stephanie said...

I'll admit that I am not excited about ALL the books in this pack, but I have an Anthony who we call "tony baloney" + he loves the I Spy books and I've been waiting to check out The Odious Ogre since I first heard about it.

Carolina Girl Mommy said...

I have a little girl AND teach preschool, so I could use this pack!! i especially love I Spy books :)

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Mysharona said...

My son loves the Captain Underpants books, these shouls be awesome fr him to read.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I'm not familiar with any of those titles! Our Scholastic book fair is in a few months, and it'll be my first as a mom. :) I'm looking forward to helping out with it!

missreneer said...

That is a great list of books. I love how the book you reviewed is written like it's from a child's perspective.
Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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Raven In A Blue Room said...

these are wonderful books for young readers

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Great book selection! Several we'd enjoy and others we could gift to friends!

wildcat32 said...

I love having new books for my children. My middle child would prefer not to read but it is a rule that everyone reads for 30 minutes a day.

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Callie said...

I particularly want to read the David Christmas book.
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Thanks for the chance and the giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

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my kids are crazy about this books

Some Lucky Dog said...

My grandson loves the David books, they're his favorite. The one in this giveaway would be fun to read before Christmas!
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Staci said...

I wasn't too sure of the book at first either, but my son absolutely adores it, as well as all the Captain Underpants books we've read since discovering Pilkey's work. Thanks for the chance to enter!
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sohamolina said...

My daughter loves to read and she would like CAPTAIN SKY BLUE
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krstrpp said...

Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

1993wel said...

I'm an elementary school librarian and not a huge fan of graphic novels or "gross-out" lowest-common-denominator humor books, but I have to agree that they are popular and for a reluctant reader they might be a gateway to more reading and hopefully, better reading down the line. Books like Ook and Gluk are huge hits with my 3rd and 4th grade reluctant reader boy population.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win some of these books for my preschool classroom. I would give the others to my godson.
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samsakara said...

My son would enjoy reading these types of books.

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sweetsue said...

What fun, we (me and my grandkids) would especially love the I Spy book!
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ohstac said...

I volunteered at our school's Scholastic Book Fair and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books just flew off the shelves! I love the I spy books.
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JK said...

Hmm... Ook and Gluk doesn't seem like my sort of book. I really dislike when there are misspelled words in books as well because it teaches kids the wrong way to spell it! I guess for an older kid that knows better, but my kids are all young so it would just teach them incorrect things.
Great giveaway! Thanks!
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hendy said...

I think my niece would love I SPY CHRISTMAS A CHRISTMAS TREE-she just loves to read and she is so excited for Christmas
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The Five of Us said...

WOW - we would LOVE to win this!! I have three kiddies who are avid readers and we are in need of some new books.

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OutnumberedMama said...

I love Scholastic Books they are always the best quality and great stories!
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Tracey said...

Taylee loves reading books that make her laugh.
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Anonymous said...

Captain Underpants is my hero!

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shiloh said...

I love sharing reading to, and listening to my granddaughter read books to me.

candy said...

I really like these books. they will be great for all 3 of my kids. Even my hard to get to pick up a book middle child wants Ook and Gluck

Jinxy and Me said...

These look great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Kellye123 said...

What a great giveaway. I would love to win this for my son. Kellyeandjosh@aol.com

Nancye said...

What an amazing giveaway! My daughter would LOVE to have these books! She is an avid reader and would be in heaven with these books. Thanks for the chance.

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Ardy22 said...

What a nice collection of books. This will keep our kids reading for a while and entertained

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Miranda Ward said...

This looks Great! I would give it to a friends son.

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