Cave Boy wants a pet more than anything. Can he find one that the whole family will agree on? Includes audio!
Cave Boy has lots of things. Rocks. Sticks. A club. But no pet! Cave Boy decides he must have a pet, but his parents object. He brings home animal after animal in hopes of overcoming his parents’ steadfast resistance, but his attempts are unsuccessful—until he finds a Dodo bird that is literally on the verge of extinction. And in a twist ending on a classic concept, Cave Boy and his family discover it’s worthwhile to have animal friends around.
With snappy text that is short, fun, and young, this eBook with audio makes for an ideal read-aloud for the milk-and-cookies set.
In this Stone Age comedy, Sauer (Mr. Duck Means Business) and Shea (I'm a Shark) imagine a child with a demand as old as time. Cave Boy begs his parents for an animal companion, but Mama sends Cave Boy's woolly mammoth away ("He too big. Where he sleep?"), Papa is allergic to saber-toothed tigers ("Make me sneeze! No can stay"), and Gran does not trust a baby dodo's bathroom habits. Yet when a buffalo stampede threatens the family, Cave Boy's friends prove they could be helpful around the encampment. Shea composes digital cartoons in saturated hues of iron-ore red, fiery yellow, and mossy green. His thick outlines mimic strokes of charcoal, and he pictures the iconic Cave Boy with a mop of black hair and a leopard-print off-the-shoulder onesie he's younger and more wild-looking than the similarly single-minded prehistoric hero of Jeremy Tankard's Me Hungry (2008). If Sauer's humor basically depends upon caveman pidgin English jokes, Cave Boy's quest (and Shea's in-your-face artwork) will resonate with readers. Ages 3 7.