Grades 2 - 5
Grade level Equivalent: 2.5
Lexile® Measure: GN420L
Guided Reading: R
- Comedy and Humor
- Comic Books and Graphic Novels
- Superheroes and Action Figures
- Martial Arts
About This Book
In this 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 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.
The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future is George and Harold's second publication in the series of graphic novels called Tree House Comix. Their first work was The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby.
An Excerpt from a 2010 Publishers Weekly Q&A with Dav Pilkey on the inspiration for Ook and Gluk
"I was inspired when my editor, Bonnie Verburg, told me about something she had witnessed while visiting her son’s kindergarten class several years ago. She was impressed by a little boy who made up a very tall tale on the spot during show-and-tell. This boy had brought a little toy ambulance to show his classmates, and somewhere during his presentation, it must have occurred to him that his toy wasn’t very impressive. So he tried to spice things up a bit by telling the class that his toy was actually a prehistoric ambulance that cavemen used to drive when they took sick dinosaurs to the hospital.
"His story got wilder and crazier. I think the ambulance was unearthed by the boy’s dog, who was a famous archeologist, during an excavation in his backyard. The funny thing was that none of the other children were sure if he was telling the truth or not. After all, they were only five years old.
"I liked the little boy’s tall tale so much, I drew a sketch of two cavemen paramedics and named them Ook and Gluk. I carried that sketch around with me for many years as I developed the plot and the characters. I still have it, actually."