DAWN OF THE ICE AGE by Dave Zeltser


From the "Lug" series, volume 1
Age Range: 9 - 11
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A Stone Age comedy features a caveboy guilty of “uncavemanlike behavior.”

The summary exile that Lug earns by failing to capture a “jungle llama” to ride in an upcoming headstone match turns out to be a blessing in disguise, as it leads to a meeting with Hamela—a member of the rival Boar Rider clan who has turned from the customary all-dodo diet to vegetarianism. She in turn introduces him to Woolly, an errant young mammoth atop whom he goes on to lead his headstone team to victory. Lug lands in further hot water when his forbidden cave paintings are discovered—but following the arrival of snow, a pride of saber tooth tigers and more mammoths, he manages to convince at least some of his simpleminded people that big changes are coming. By the end, he even has them using fire (“storm light”). The animals all talk (except the dodos), and Lug’s frog-licking proto-hippie sidekick leads a notably rock-headed supporting cast. Happily, characters speak in complete sentences and with standard syntax, and the banter is nicely snappy. Preliminary sketches indicate that suitably primitive art will accompany the story.

Fred Flintstone would feel right at home in this light-as-pumice comedy. (Fantasy. 9-11)

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-60684-513-4
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Egmont USA
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2014


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