Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tween Tuesday: The Adventures of Ook and Gluk by Dav Pilkey PLUS Giveaway

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel/Humor/Time Travel/Adventure

Release Date: 8/10/2010

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About the Book: Ook and Gluk are cavemen living in the year 500,001 B.C. in Caveland, Ohio. Caveland is being attacked by an evil coorporation from the future. The annoying Chief Goppernopper's descendant has created a time machine and J.P. Goppernopper is stealing resources from Caveland and taking them to his time in 2222 A.D. Ook and Gluk and their pet dinosaur Lily must stop their village from being kept as slaves and to do that they must learn kung fu! Lots of laughs, adventure, and of course Flip-O-Rama's will follow-will Ook and Gluk save the day?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Any librarian who has spent time in the children's department of the library (or elementary or middle school librarian) will tell you that Captain Underpants is a constantly asked for series. And for many years librarians had no new news to tell fans who would come in every week asking when the next book by Dav Pilkey would be out. But finally this year librarians were able to do a happy dance because Dav Pilkey gave us a new book for these eager readers.

The Adventures of Ook and Gluk will please those readers who have been waiting for more humorous adventures. The premise of the book is that it's a graphic novel written by George Bear and Harold Hutchins (characters readers will remember from the Captain Underpants books). Readers won't need any prior knowledge of George and Harold as The Adventures of Ook and Gluk stands apart from the Captain Underpants books.

There's lots of humor and goofy jokes and the graphic novel format makes the book especially appealing to reluctant readers and young tweens. With lots of humor, adventure, time travel, pet dinosaurs, and even a bit of romance, there's a lot here in this short book that you can sell to readers. Readers who enjoy a good silly book will be sure to love this one.

The book is written as if two fourth grade boys wrote it, so there's lots of misspellings and at first I found that somewhat annoying. But once I got into reading it I could overlook it and enjoy the story. I love the "how to speak caveman" instructions in the back-especially the translation from "my grandmother doesn't think this book belongs in the library" into "grandma no fun." Readers will be eager for the next Ook and Gluk Adventure and this librarian is happy to have another Dav Pilkey book to add to the shelf.

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We have a HUGE prize pack filled with the most popular children’s books in the marketplace to offer one lucky reader! Titles include CAPTAIN SKY BLUE, IT’S CHRISTMAS DAVID, OOK and GLUK as well as TONY BALONEY, ODIOUS OGRE and I SPY CHRISTMAS A CHRISTMAS TREE!

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To Enter: Leave a comment with an e-mail address and let me know where you would travel to if you had a time machine.

US Addresses Only, Ages 13+, Contest ends December 10 at midnight central time

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  1. I burst out laughing while readint this book! Handed it straight to my 9 year old reluctant reader son :)

  2. There are so many historical places I'd like to visit, it's hard to pick just one. I feel that I should have been born early enough to enjoy the 1970's, so I think I'd take just a short jaunt back to enjoy the better parts of that decade!


  3. Sounds adorable, especially the pet dinosaur. The misspelling (did I spell that word right?) would drive me crazy though.

  4. I had my 10 year old review Ook & Gluk today! He loved it!

  5. I'd like to enter your contest! If I could go somewhere, it would be Versailles at the time of Marie Antoinette. I'd like to walk around her farm with her and pretend to be a shepherdess!


  6. Can I enter to win a prize pack that I myself is giving away on my blog? It would be unethical to enter my OWN contest, so I thought it might be ok to enter yours. :)

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  7. I almost bought this ISpy book today for my daughter! I decided on something else at the last minute - how could I not enter this? thelibrarianpirate@gmail.com

  8. Don't you mean WHEN we'd travel? Anyway, I'd love to go to Ireland, and definitely in the future for fear of changing the past. Perhaps 500 years or so.


  9. My daughter claims she can never get her hands on this book in class because it's always being "hogged" by the boys. So as a loving mom, how can I not add my name? :-)

    Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  10. Ha! I reviewed it on Tuesday as well. Popular book. You don't need to enter me in the contest :)

  11. I'm so excited to see this feature! I review a fair amount of Middle Grade/Tween books and love somewhere to find other books. Fantastic!

    I felt very similar to you about this book. I think it seems great for reluctant readers, but the misspellings drove me bonkers. I wish they'd mentioned the "how to" a little sooner in the book, it would have made it a touch easier to handle I think. Great review!

  12. That's hard, but I would say Russia during the Bolshevik revolution. Kidding. I would actually like to go back to the Antebellum south and be a southern belle, like all the ladies in Gone With the Wind.

  13. I'd travel to the 1800s so I could be a pioneer girl!
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