Poor Ug. He’s stuck in the stone age — literally, as his pants, and everything else, are made of solid stone. Stone baseball bat, stone blankets, stone bed — you get the rather uncomfortable picture. Smarter than his family, Ug can sense that there’s a better way to do things, but he can’t quite put his finger on how to go about it. Not only that, no one listens to his ideas at all, except his perplexed but well-meaning father. Are they a match for his cranky mother? Many of you may know Raymond Brigg’s more famous, elegant The Snowman. This tale is not so beautiful, nor so melancholy, but it’s not meant to be. This book is meant to make you laugh and groan in sympathy with Ug’s puzzlement, and maybe along the way learn a little tolerance for those who might one day be genius, but today are kind of odd.
Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age ISBN: 0375916113 By Raymond Briggs Alfred A. Knopf, 2001
Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline | She/Her
Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.