Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Raymond Briggs’s funniest creation–the Boy Wonder of the Stone Age.
This funny, sad, yet wonderfully life-affirming story is about a misunderstood boy genius who refuses to accept the limitations of the world in which he lives. Young Ug is upwardly mobile, always on the brink of finding a better way, a nicer way of getting through life. He discovers that the fire that comes out of the sky can make dead animal bits taste terrific, but his mother thinks this is a disgusting idea and, she adds, “Terrific? What sort of word is that? Don’t you bring language like that into this cave!” He invents the wheel but doesn’t know quite what to do with it. What he really wants is a pair of soft, warm trousers. But how many millions of years must he wait for them? Ug’s story is told in more than 100 colorful frames with speech balloons much like a graphic novel but for a younger audience. Witty footnotes explain some of the many hilarious anachronisms.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Now you don't have to tell the kids how spoiled they are by comparing their lives to your childhood, you can just share this book with them. Too bad for the sad ending though - otoh I have no idea ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Suggesting that some things haven't changed since the Stone Age, Briggs (A Bit More Bert, p. 1300, etc.) introduces a moon-faced lad who infuriates his clueless parents by insistently questioning ... Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Raymond Briggs is one of the world’s most popular and innovative author-illustrators. His award-winning books include the beloved storybooks The Snowman, The Bear, Father Christmas and, most recently, the critically acclaimed tribute to his parents, Ethel & Ernest.

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