Gakky Two-Feet

Gakky Two-Feet

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by Micky Dolenz, David Clark
     
 

Gak is the only hominidee in his tribe who walks on two feet instead of on all fours, and all his pals tease him with the nickname "Gakky Two- Feet." He feels like he�ll never fit in, but when his unique way of walking allows him to stand tall and save his friends from a hungry lion, Gak�s tribe starts to see him in a whole new light.

This clever story of ape

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Gak is the only hominidee in his tribe who walks on two feet instead of on all fours, and all his pals tease him with the nickname "Gakky Two- Feet." He feels like he�ll never fit in, but when his unique way of walking allows him to stand tall and save his friends from a hungry lion, Gak�s tribe starts to see him in a whole new light.

This clever story of ape antics and adaptation, by former Monkee Micky Dolenz, accompanied by David Clark�s hilarious illustrations, is sure to have both kids and grownups laughing out loud.

Author Biography: Micky Dolenz, former member of the Monkees, works in the television and music industry. He lives in New York City and Los Angeles.

David Clark, studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and lives in Virginia.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
To the list of unanswered questions about human evolution-Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Who discovered fire?-former Monkees drummer Dolenz adds: Which quadruped first stood on his own two feet? Many readers may skip the long author's note introducing this foray into "anthromythology," but those who don't will be relieved that Clark's (Grumblebunny) cartoonish illustrations immediately ground the story on George-of-the-Jungle rather than Charles Darwin territory. The hero, a "fuzzy little fellow" named Gak, lives in Africa five million years ago. For reasons he can't explain, he alone among his spaghetti-limbed clan has chosen a bipedal lifestyle, though it earns him the sobriquet, "Gakky Two-Feet." Kids will love his mother's calm acceptance of his "difference," and that she picks fat, juicy bugs out of his sienna-hued fur-and eats them. Predictably, Gakky's idiosyncrasy proves valuable, and the story then becomes a familiar one in which Gak saves the day. Clark's full-bleed illustrations show our gap-toothed, pot-bellied primate ancestors in lively comic exaggeration. Even the menacing lion has a Gumby-like elasticity that declaws his potential to frighten little ones. Expect some knuckle-scraping hi-jinks from the audience, and perhaps a big "Ewww!" when the distressed damsel, Gleeb, rewards Gakky for saving her life with a big, wet kiss. Ages 4-up. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Five million years ago in Africa, Gak was the only creature in a group of "hominidees" who walked on two feet instead of four. He was teased for being different, and the others called him Gakky Two-Feet. This leads to an exciting and humorous adventure in which they have to escape from a lion. Gakky Two-Feet helps them all because of his ability to see what is ahead and his ability to use his arms. He is especially a hero because he helps Gleeb, who has a limp, escape from the lion by carrying her in his arms as he runs away from the lion. The author notes in a page at the beginning of the book that his story is based on current paleoanthropological theory that our ancestors adapted to upright walking about four million years ago. The characters look appropriately weird and hilarious. The illustrations promote both the suspense and humor of the story. This is a unique and clever story with a terrific ending that suggests that it might not be a bad thing to walk around on just two feet after all. 2006, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 2 to 5.
—Vicki Foote

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399244681
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/18/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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JayOwlfeather More than 1 year ago
Simply one of the most charming children's books I have read in a long time. My six year old adored it and wanted me to read it with her time and again. Micky has managed to capture the quirkiness of a beautiful creature and convey the message that being different is a good thing! I love this book and hope he writes more. He has an innate sense of the Inner Child as this book appeals to adults as well as to children. Thanks Micky... a brilliant job! (now, what else is it that you do??? :) ) xoxoxoxo Jay xxxx