Like a prehistoric precursor to Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy, Ogg and Bob show the ups and downs of friendship in an age of wooly mammoths and saber-tooth tigers. In their first book, the two discover a cheery blue mammoth that they immediately adopt and dub Mug. Mammoth care is not easy, however, and after covering basic training and sleep deprivation in book one, the companion title, Life With Mammoth (ISBN: 978-0-7614-5722-0), sees the two attempt to give their new pet a bath, engage in some cave art and determine who Mug's best friend really is. The books straddle that fine line between early readers and early chapter books, offering very short chapters that still contain a lot of meat and action. Fraser's art provides just the right tone, Ogg and Bob sporting permanent five-o'clock shadows in spite of their childlike natures. Certainly, it won't take a mammoth lover to enjoy the hijinks of these sweet, ancient boneheads. (Fiction. 4-9)Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Gr 2-4--Cavemen Ogg and Bob speak in simplified speech patterns, aren't real bright, dress like the Flintstones, and live in a cave. Ogg wants a pet, and, under their circumstances, a mammoth is the default choice. Through dumb luck, and little skill, they manage to capture one, escape the jaws of a Saber-tooth Tiger, and "train" their newly acquired pet--all in one day. Despite their shenanigans, these characters learn that having a pet isn't all fun and games, but a real responsibility. Relatively spare text and full-color cartoons, some covering a spread and some full page, will serve reluctant readers well, while in-between readers will pick up on the irony of the sticky situations Ogg and Bob elude. This title may also serve as an out-of-the-ordinary option for fans of graphic novels who are looking for more traditional styling in their next read. It is an amusing tale of two friends and their unusual adventures, but the clipped style of dialogue might confuse emerging readers (";Me climb down,' said Bob"; "'Me name him Bob!' said Ogg." "'How we train Mug?' asked Bob."--Lindsay Persohn, Crystal Lake Elementary, Lakeland, FL[Page 82]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.