A hilarious middle-grade novel about a misunderstood caveboy perfect for fans of Ice Age and Happy Feet.
Lug is a caveboy who would rather paint than club other caveboys. The clan even mocks him, calling him "Little Slug." Like all the other caveboys, Lug must enter the contest to become the clan's next Big Man and attempt to catch the Biggest Beasteven though he would much rather spend his days painting in his secret art cave.
When Lug is banished for failing to catch a jungle llama, he thinks he is alone in the world but finds others who believe in him: his clanmate Stony, and a new friend, Echo, a girl from a rival clan who can talk to animals and just may be prehistory's first vegetarian/animal rights activist. Together they face even bigger challengesLug discovers the Ice Age is coming and he has to bring the warring clans together to save them not only from the freeze but also from a particularly unpleasant migrating pride of saber-toothed tigers. It's no help that the elders are cavemen who can't seem to get the concept of climate change through their thick skulls.
With funny, anachronistic humor and charming characters, Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age is sure to be a hit with many readers.
About the Author
David Zeltser is the author of the Lug series, Ninja Baby, Stinker, and The Universe Ate My Homework. He studied physics at Harvard and was fortunate to co-author a paper with the world renowned physicist Howard Georgi. Now David writes children's books, graphic novels, and screenplays and lives with his family and many barking sea lions in Santa Cruz, California. Follow him on Twitter (@davidzeltser) and at www.davidzeltser.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a fun book to read. I like how the cavemen (and cavewomen) speak – not stereotypical caveman (example – I blogger. You blog readers.), but not perfect English either (although, I think that Lug is the closest). The idea of the story is pure genius – the Ice Age approaches, saber-toothed tigers are invading, and Lug gets banished from his tribe because he won’t bash heads with stones. Yup. Nothing wrong there. Not at all. There are pretty cool cave-art-style pictures scattered throughout the book. Mr. Zeltser has a great writing style that is chock-full of humor and the story teaches a good lesson without being “preachy.” Most of all, I love the off the wall sometimes corny humor of the book (for example, at one point in the book, Lug is talking with a banished caveman inventor, who says that he has invented some pretty useful things, like the “feather fluffer” and the “rock holder”, but he also has some useless things, like this round rock slab with a hole in the middle. Completely useless. He called it a “wheel.”). The environmental message in the book is an important one and one that gets across to the reader. Kids who like Wimpy Kid humor will love Lug. This is an awesome book! I couldn’t put it down! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
I knew from the minute I began reading this book that I was gong to love it. The book starts out like this: "If you are looking at my cave paintings, I have succeeded. If not, we humans are probably extinct. You see, the world began to get colder-- much colder And my clan initially reacted by doing this: That's right, a whole lot of NOTHING." The middle of that first page is literally blank. I kept giggling over it. The story is about a boy who is not like many of the others in his clan. He is a dreamer, he is artistic and he dares to challenge their belief system. Whe he is vanished along with another boy, he sees it as somewhat of an advantage. He learns a lot about himself and about true courage. The story, set in stoneage time is still very appropriate to kids of today. Themes and issues of friendship, bullies, fitting in with your peers and your own family are things every kid today can relate to. I can't wait to put this on my shelf. I also can't wait for the second book in the series to come out next year. It is such a quick and easy read. It is so fun that kids won't realize there are lessons to learn within the pages. I don't think there are enough stars to give this one, but it definitely goes to the top of my middle grade favorites of the year.
When we were asked to review the middle reader, LUG: Dawn of the Ice Age, my daughter Emma (age 10) and I jumped at the chance. Emma loves 39 Clues and two of the writers gave LUG glowing endorsements. She also loves any adventure series that features some humor, which we figured this one might have as well. As a mom, I liked how the author, David Zeltser, also worked in the issue of climate control and animal rights. For me as a parent, this book is a total win for kids. It has it all that any 4th or 5th grader would love, boy or girl, as well bringing issues such as humanity and activism into their thinking, without being preachy. It's humorous and light, even while taking on big themes. I highly recommend this book myself for parents, teachers, and especially libraries. It's one that doesn't need to be used just in language arts, but can be used in the study of science pertaining to the environment. This isn't one in which to delay purchase, it's too good for the deep freeze! GIVEAWAY: Click HERE for a Rafflecopter giveaway of one print copy (US/Canada only). Without further ado, I'll pass this review on to EMMA (5th grade): In LUG: Dawn of the Ice Age, I liked how in some ways I can relate to the boy because we are similar (and sometimes people don't get me either), but just from different times, and have some common interests, like art. Although, I can't really think about having to live as a cave girl!! His experiences are not something I want to experience. I like my bedroom. But if I lived in a cave, I would definitely do cave wall art. I think it would be fun to be allowed to carve things into the wall. I thought I would like this book because I like to read and learn about different time periods. I wasn't disappointed. It was so funny and cute, just like why I liked the movie "The Croods." My favorite part I liked was how the main character had to try to catch a jungle llama. I love llamas. I didn't like what happened when he didn't catch it. I felt bad for him. I recommend you read this book if you like adventure or are interested in the environment or animals. Also, artists like me can like Lug because he likes to paint. If you are interested in learning about cave people, you could like this book. Or if you like funny books, you might also like it. I almost read the book in one sitting and enjoyed the story. --EMMA