A funny graphic-novel series by Aaron Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Creepy Carrots!
His grandpa invented fire. His dad invented the wheel. How will Caveboy Dave leave his mark?
Dave Unga-Bunga has always been more scrawny than brawny. This is a major problem when your village expects you to become a meat-bringer. At age twelve, all young cave-people must stalk through the eerie mushroom forests for a prehistoric beast the village can feast on. But Dave would much rather invent stuff for a better life—like underwear to make loincloths less itchy and cutlery to make eating less filthy. Can Dave save his group by inventing the perfect defense against a bloodthirsty pokeyhorn? Or will he MEET HIS DOOM?
First in a new series, More Scrawny Than Brawny delivers irresistible characters, big thrills, and even bigger laughs.
"Imagine a prehistoric version of Wimpy Kid meets Captain Underpants."
If shoes had been invented, caveboy Dave Unga-Bunga would have big ones to fill. His grandfather and father invented fire and the wheel, respectively, but Dave's efforts (including a proto-fork he dubs the "forf") go unrecognized. Dave's physical prowess is similarly unimpressive, leading to several close calls when the almost-12-year-old is sent on a ritual hunt with his peers. Blending modern references ("So what's the plan, bro?") with humorous prehistoric lingo (pokeyhorns, rippy-beaks, and stabby-cats are among the threatening beasts of Dave's era), Reynolds (President Squid) and McAndrew (Monster Science) deliver a delightfully entertaining tale about discovering one's true calling; this theme permeates the story and encourages readers to contemplate the definition of success. McAndrew's full-color panels bring the setting and characters to slapstick life in a riot of scraggly teeth, fur loincloths, and goofy-looking beasts. Dave's first adventure sets a high bar for future volumes as it mixes meaningful character growth with alarming threats to life and limb. Ages 8 12. Author's agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. Illustrator's agent: Jen Linnan, Linnan Literary Management.