It can be tough being a boy with a big brain amongst a tribe of Neanderthals!
The Nn-Grrrdy are coming to trade and Arg doesn't want them to get any of his stuff - but in his attempt to hide it, he falls into a deep, dark cave. And scary things lie within...
This is the first book in this series that I have read.....I was laughing out loud!! Oh my gosh such a funny book! I love the pictures in the book and can see how this book would appeal to younger children that are transitioning into a harder level book. The font is perfect for young readers, bold type face and larger font was used making it easy for young readers to see.
The book itself is a larger size too, and the pages are a thicker paper, that is more glossy which is great for younger children who may have sticky hands and fingers while reading the book. The graphics within the book help the children to develop their imaginations and gives the book another great dimension.
The story, aimed for young readers aged 8 - 10, is full of disgusting descriptions of unsavoury caveman behaviour, which will appeal particularly to boys...but in saying that this girl enjoyed it just as much and it was the gross bits that made my laugh the most!! Set in the Stone Age, the story contains fascinating and hilarious information about Neanderthals and their lifestyle. Even though I am like 15 years older than the preferred age level of this book I loved reading it, I couldn't put the book down and I was laughing all the way through and the adventures of the main character had me interested to see what would happen next.
I can't wait to read the other books within this series and I have my fingers crossed they are as good as this book. What makes it even better is the book is written by a New Zealand author...fantastic!!
We got given this book a few days ago via Scholastic. My daughter is a huge fan of Kyle Mewburn's writing and Donovan Bixley's wonderful illustrations. She and I pick up anything by these guys and the Dinosaur Rescue series has been no different. This is book 8 of the series, and we have read almost every one. The series is mainly aimed at boys, but girls who laugh in the face of gross bodily fluid and fart jokes will adore this series too.
We read this book a chapter a night. Though, I did cave and read two chapters one evening. The book has five chapters and is a pretty quick read. Mewburn seemed to use a few harder to pronounce dinosaur names in it, but I just muddled through that. This book didn't seem to have quite the level of yucky pus, poo or vomit in it, but it does feature sometimes. At one point, I was reading to my daughter and the imagery of the words and the illustration on the page floored her. She literally fell back on her bed and groaned for Arg.
I also loved that when I showed her the book on the first night, she gasped excitedly, ripped it from my hands and hugged onto it for the next hour. It's so nice to see my child love a book and its characters so much, that excitement is her natural reaction. The story was exciting and a bit scary. A few bad things happen, but its dealt with as sensitively as Mewburn can without wrapping the reader in cotton-wool. The ending leaves the door open for book 9 too, and a possible new threat to Arg. I'd be keen to see where that goes. Another awesome book from the dream team Mewburn and Bixley.
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