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

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Ug and his parents are living in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers! Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life. His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are met with a hostile reaction by his parents who don't know what he's going on about. Even Ug himself is occasionally unsure of the purpose of his inventions - his round stone that rolls down the hill is great, but what is it actually for? With the help of his father, who is slowly coming round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal, only to find that there are some obstacles even a boy genius can't overcome.

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 220 x 292 x 4mm | 200g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 32
  • 0099417898
  • 9780099417897
  • 22,081

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About Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs is one of our most respected and beloved artists. Born in Wimbledon in 1934, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and went on to produce a treasure trove of work. He has created characters that are now icons for generations of children, including Fungus the Bogeyman, Father Christmas and, of course, the beloved Snowman. He has won many awards over his career including the Kurt Maschler Award, The Children's Book of the Year and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award for his Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme collection. Raymond lives in Sussex

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At first reading this is a childrenâ??s book all about a Stone Age boyâ??s longing to have things (like trousers) which arenâ??t made of stone. Looking deeper it actually tells you a lot about children and adults. Ug is constantly asking questions which drives his parents mad. His questions make sense to him and to us as a reader living in the future. Ugâ??s parents have always known a world where everything is made of stone and cannot entertain the notion things could be different. This is a wonderful example of how a childâ??s mind is much more intuitive and creative than an adultâ??s. As grownups we are too attached to the status quo and merely dismiss childrenâ??s insights as silly. The art is typical square panels but these are varied in size and layout according to needs of the story. There is a wonderful page where the diagonal of a hill serves as an excellent divider and cleverly stretches over two pages. Day, night, interior and exterior are handled with aplomb by using palette changes and there is a wonderful sunset too. There is plenty of dialogue with large oversized speech bubbles. These elegantly overlap to clarify the order of speech. There are a lot of footnotes, presented with the frames, which unlike the genius of Fungus the Bogeyman arenâ??t actually funny. They serve merely to highlight where a modern turn of phrase is used, the origin of which is far in Ugâ??s future. They prove an unwelcome distraction. This is an enjoyable read that operates on many levels. Thumbs Up!show more
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