This Orq. (He Cave Boy.)

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Orq the cave boy LOVES Woma the woolly mammoth. But Mom says Woma shed; Woma smell; Woma not house-trained. Is there any way Orq can convince his mother that Woma belongs with them? Orq has a plan. Well, kind of. Good thing Woma always nearby. An adorable friendship story at its core, This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) is filled with humor and heart.
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Overview


Orq the cave boy LOVES Woma the woolly mammoth. But Mom says Woma shed; Woma smell; Woma not house-trained. Is there any way Orq can convince his mother that Woma belongs with them? Orq has a plan. Well, kind of. Good thing Woma always nearby. An adorable friendship story at its core, This Orq. (He Cave Boy.) is filled with humor and heart.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/23/2014
Elliott’s (In the Sea) humorously blunted, primitive language and gently shaded pencil drawings from Nichols (Maple) turn what might have been a predictable story about a boy’s attempt to domesticate a woolly mammoth into a sparkling comic monologue. The story zips along as Orq brings Woma home: “Orq love Woma,” Elliott explains, which Nichols visualizes with big red hearts floating between Orq and his ungainly pet. Orq attempts to teach Woma tricks so that his mother will be impressed, a venture that’s naturally doomed to failure. Commanded to “speak,” Woma’s blast knocks Orq’s mother off her feet, while rolling over smothers her cherished flowers. Playing hunter, Orq is spotted by a sabertooth tiger: “Sabertooth love Orq” (Nichols draws a juicy steak above the prowling sabertooth, and the requisite little hearts). Woma lumbers into view at precisely the right moment, saving Orq’s life. “Mother love Woma. Woma back in cave.” Rereadings will be clamored for, and the story will probably bring out the inner caveperson of everyone in the house. Ages 3–7. Illustrator’s agent: Joanna Volpe, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Sept.)
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" . . . Elliott's tex, written with the awkward simplicity of movie "Indians" and cavemen, is hilariously effective and also apt to tickle and be understood by very young readers: 'This Orq. He live in cave. He carry club. He cave boy.' Nichols' digitally colored pencil illustrations are simple and slyly humorous. Offbeat and winning." --Kirkus Reviews

" . . . Nichols's hilarious tongue-in-cheek illustrations provide a perfect counterpoint to Elliott's terse, faux cave-man vernacular. Drawn in pencil but digitally colored, each spread enhances the story with comic antics by Woma, Orq, and a family of prehistoric birds. . . A fun and winsome addition to any collection." --School Library Journal

"Elliott's (In the Sea) humorously blunted, primitive language and gently shaded pencil drawings from Nichols (Maple) turn what might have been a predictable story about a boy's attempt to domesticate a woolly mammoth into a sparkling comic monologue. . . Rereadings will be clamored for, and the story will probably bring out the inner caveperson of everyone in the house." --Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal
07/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—A young cave boy has a beloved pet, Woma, a woolly mammoth. Orq's mom is far less enamored of the malodorous, shedding, and poorly house-trained beastie. When she kicks Woma out of their cave, Orq hatches a plan to put the creature in his mother's good graces by teaching Woma tricks, such as speak, fetch, and roll over. Unfortunately, this scheme backfires, and Woma gets turned away again. All ends well, however, when Woma rescues Orq from a sabertooth tiger and becomes a hero—"Mother LOVE Woma. Woma back in cave." Nichols's hilarious tongue-in-cheek illustrations provide a perfect counterpoint to Elliott's terse, faux cave-man vernacular. Drawn in pencil but digitally colored, each spread enhances the story with comic antics by Woma, Orq, and a family of prehistoric birds. The words "love" and "big" are frequently enlarged to emphasize Woma's dimensions and Orq's enormous love for his furry companion. A fun and winsome addition to any collection.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-04
A boy-and-his-mammoth story. Modern boys have faithful dogs, and cave boy Orq, in a furry-looking, one-shoulder green tunic, has a woolly mammoth named Woma. But unlike a dog, Woma grows and grows and keeps on growing, until he becomes a big hairy problem for Orq’s mother and the family’s cave home. He stinks and sheds, and he isn’t house trained. She orders Woma out! The heartbroken Orq, whose other pet pals are a family of weird-looking birds (striped blue and gray, and with a red crest on the adult), comes up with a plan: Teach Woma tricks, and Mother will love him. Orq attempts to teach Woma to fetch, speak and roll over; all have comically disastrous results. One day, while Orq is out pretending to be a big-game hunter, a saber-toothed tiger creeps near. Sabertooth loves Orq but like a glutton loves his lunch. When Woma leaps to the rescue, he earns Mother’s undying affection. Elliott’s text, written with the awkward simplicity of movie “Indians” and cavemen, is hilariously effective and also apt to tickle and be understood by very young readers: “This Orq. He live in cave. He carry club. He cave boy.” Nichols’ digitally colored pencil illustrations are simple and slyly humorous. Offbeat and winning. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620915219
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 264,218
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: 20L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David Elliott lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a Dandie Dinmont terrier who doesn’t shed, doesn’t smell, and is housetrained. Kind of. David is the author of the New York Times Best Seller And Here’s to You! illustrated by Randy Cecil; a trio of poetry books about animals illustrated by Holly Meade (On the Farm, In the Sea, and the ALSC Notable Book for Children In the Wild); and the brilliantly funny Finn Throws a Fit illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering; as well as many other picture books and middle-grade novels. davidelliottbooks.com.

Lori Nichols grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania surrounded by pets. Although Lori never had a wooly mammoth, she did convince her mother to let her have a parakeet, dog, cat, hermit crab, salamander, frog, and grasshopper. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, three daughters, and cat (Margaret) and is the author and illustrator of the picture book, Maple. lorinichols.com.

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