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.
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OOK and GLUK
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