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Caveboy Dave: More Scrawny Than Brawny Paperback – November 1, 2016
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His grandpa invented fire. His dad invented the wheel. How will Caveboy Dave leave his mark?
Dave Unga-Bunga has always been more scrawny than brawny. This is a major problem when your village expects you to become a meat-bringer. At age twelve, all young cave-people must stalk through the eerie mushroom forests for a prehistoric beast the village can feast on. But Dave would much rather invent stuff for a better life—like underwear to make loincloths less itchy and cutlery to make eating less filthy. Can Dave save his group by inventing the perfect defense against a bloodthirsty pokeyhorn? Or will he MEET HIS DOOM?
First in a new series, More Scrawny Than Brawny delivers irresistible characters, big thrills, and even bigger laughs.
"Imagine a prehistoric version of Wimpy Kid meets Captain Underpants."
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"Caveboy Dave is a hilarious new graphic novel series . . . imagine a prehistoric version of Wimpy Kid meets Captain Underpants."
"Nonstop action, belly laughs, and stabby cats. What's not to love?"
—Victoria Jamieson, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor–winning Roller Girl
"Fast-paced and funny."
—Mo O’Hara, author of the New York Times bestselling Zombie Goldfish series
"Bright colors and animated, exaggeratedly doofy characters buoy the rollicking action, mixing intrigue and lots of giggles... A lively series opener."
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"A delightfully entertaining tale about discovering one’s true calling...Dave’s first adventure sets a high bar for future volumes."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Packed with chuckle-worthy anachronisms andplenty of Captain Underpants–brand humor, Reynolds and McAndrew’s story of troglodyte tweens is ideal for the middle-grade set."
About the Author
- Publisher : Viking Books for Young Readers; Dgs edition (November 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0147516587
- ISBN-13 : 978-0147516589
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : GN170L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.39 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.19 x 0.94 x 8.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #135,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dave Unga-Bunga is truly between a rock and a hard spot in that his grandfather invented fire and his dad invented the wheel. At the age of twelve there is a 'Baby-go-Boom' ritual that all twelve year olds must participate in to exhibit their hunting prowess. Good old Dave is now eleven and eleven-twelfths so the ritual is fast-approaching. And, it is one that involves going out into the 'wild' and killing one of six animals. And, returning the kill to the village for food. Does Dave have any ideas that will equal his lineage and at the same time exhibit his hunting skill?
The names of the animals are hysterical and as the reader will ascertain quickly that Dave Unga-Bunga does have some inventions of his own. No spoilers here but have to admit that his 'poo-marker- was something really special! Even when the reader is not expecting something funny to pop up, it will. A perfect example for me was when looking at the salad bar. Seems as though there are a lot of laughs to be found but never would have imagined one in the salad bar!
One of the witticisms of Dave's father was to 'look at life with possibilities' and Dave certainly looked and found many. His dad must have been so proud of him. And, even dad's nose made me chuckle. Of course, the invention of underwear by Dave is so creative. And, the village Shaman is a leader in every sense. 'Gather at the slab' when you hear the Gathering Horn.
The illustrations are superb (thanks to Phil McAndrew's skill) and accompany the text perfectly. A perfect read for me on this rainy, dreary day in Vermont. It would have been funny on any day but it certainly brightened my outlook today.
Well done to both the author and the illustrator for a creative and humorous story of the "Baby-go-Boom' ritual. Personally, I will never think of any caveman in the future without remembering Dave Unga-Bunga and his crew. When all else fails, 'follow the poo.'.
Most highly recommended.