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Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mom and Me Monday's: Ook and Gluk and Bobby The Brave

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future
by George Beard and Harold Hutchins (Dav Pilkey)
ISBN: 978-0-545-17530-2
Suggested Ages: 7 +

Description: In this all-new graphic novel, George Beard and Harold Hutchins present the sensational saga of two silly caveboys named Ook and Gluk. Ook and Gluk have a pretty awesome life growing up together in Caveland, Ohio, in 500,001 BC - even though they're always getting in trouble with their nasty leader, Big Chief Goppernopper. But Ook and Gluk's idyllic life takes a turn for the terrible when an evil corporation from the future invades their quiet, prehistoric town. When Ook, Gluk, and their little dinosaur pal, Lily, are pulled through a time portal to the year 2222 AD, they discover that the world of the future is even worse than the devastated one they came from. Fortunately, they find a friend in Master Wong, a martial arts instructor who trains them in the ways of kung fu, so that they may one day return home and make things right again. And, like the other Captain Underpants books, The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future features the world's cheesiest animation technology, "Flip-O-Rama," in every chapter.

Jake's Review: Mom,  have you been holding out on me? Why is this book in your office and why haven't you given it to me yet -- I DO get to read this right?  I'll watch Jesse tonight if you let me read this on the bus ride home (note from Mom: Damn straight you will -- god I love this bribery stuff)

Later on Bus: Mom look at this, Mom read this it is HILARIOUS -- mom come on stop reading that stupid book about vampires and werewolves!   (Note from Mom: He continuously laughed throughout the whole book)  Mom I get to keep this book right?  It is so funny,that Dav Pilkey guy REALLY knows what us boys want to read (sexist kid - mom likes a good fart joke) Mom look at the naked bums on these kids (Yup I did stop reading the vampire book to see what he was talking about) This book is really awesome and I am going to buy a copy of it for all of my friends for their birthdays.

Jake's Rating: 10/10

Mom's Review:   All I can say is I love Dav Pilkey.  He really does understand what makes young kids (ok and Mom and Dad's too) laugh.  He makes great stories that keep kids reading and asking for more.  This book is no exception. Delightfully funny and I agree with Jake -- the naked bum part was really funny. Me luf ths buk. (See I can speak caveman)  For those who criticize the misspelled words and bad grammar -- get over it -- its funny stuff, perfect for reluctant readers and it will not affect their own abilities with proper spelling and grammar.

Mom's Rating:  10/10

Bobby the Brave (Sometimes)
by Lisa Yess
Illustrated by Dan Santat
ISBN: 978-0-545-05594-9
Suggested Ages: 7 - 10 (Grades 2-4)

Description: In his last adventure, Bobby Ellis-Chan got stuck to a stinky tree, had underwear attached to his back, and faced down a whole wolfpack of girls. What could be scarier or more humiliating than that?

Oh, how about playing sports with his football-hero dad ...

a cat with 27 toes ...

an asthma attack in public ...

dancing on stage in the school musical ...

And the list goes on! Bobby will have to overcome his fears if he's going to come out on top

Jake's Review: Mom this book is a lot better than I thought, I am glad you MADE me read it.  Bobby and I are a lot alike. Some of the stuff is really funny in this book, like when his sister dresses up as a "Real Girl" instead of in her Princess Becky costume.  I didn't like the character of Chess who is just not really nice. I think Ben would like to read it, but there wouldn't be enough action for Brian and Nathanial.  There are way too many big words and I didn't like to have to keep asking you what they meant.  I want to read more books about Bobby and maybe we both can get more brave. I forgot to ask you, you sure this wasn't written by a boy?

Jake's Rating:  8/10

Mom's Review: This is our second copy of Bobby the Brave as Jesse decided to puke all over the 1st copy we received -- It seems the boy gets sick while looking at words in the car. Jeff says it was because he was trying to express the fact that he DOES NOT like to read, thank you very much.
A Beautifully written book with enough humor to keep the older boys interested.  Author has a keen eye for family relationships and all of the weirdness families can have. My son and Bobby have A LOT in common and I think it did him a lot of good to read about someone like him.  It also helped me understand Jake a lot better and we talked a lot after reading this. I loved the fact that his Dad is a Stay at home Dad, which is something you don't see very often in books. The situations and how kids handle them throughout the book are very realistic and appropriately handled. I'm very impressed. I think this would be a MUST for every school library. 

Mom's Rating: 8/10

We received these books from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review: and yes Jake thinks I'm the best mom EVER this week because of it!

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