Prehistoric cavekid Tib and his dinosaur buddy, Tumtum, return for more antics in this sweet, episodic charmer.
Jumping right in where Welcome to the Tribe (2013) left off, the story opens with the tribe deciding how they feel about having a dinosaur among them. They don’t trust Tumtum, whom they see as a wild animal and a threat. Tib’s mom thinks that the dinosaur might be too dangerous to be a companion for him and wants him to stop playing with Tumtum. She encourages him to play with the other kids, but they relentlessly bully him and mock his prominent red facial birthmark. Lucky for Tib, he already has a best friend in Tumtum, and the two pals have nonstop fun as they cavort among the rocks and vegetation, playing with sticks or just enjoying a game of hide-and-seek. The vignettes are loosely strung together, though they do have enough of an overarching narrative for cohesion and to keep readers interested. Bright colors, silly jokes about poop and slapstick antics make this a cute, quick read. Jokes aside, Tib is incessantly bullied, and hopefully in later volumes, one of the adults will actually help, rather than just brush off his protestations.
A fluffy comic bonbon—what kid wouldn’t want a dinosaur as a best friend? (Graphic fantasy. 8-12)