Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

Ug Boy Genius 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 always on the brink of findin

  • Title: Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age
  • Author: Raymond Briggs
  • ISBN: 9780375816116
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 always on the brink of finding a better and nicer way of getting through life Told in than 100 colorful frames with speech balloons, much like a graphic novel but for a younger audience with wittyThis 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 always on the brink of finding a better and nicer way of getting through life Told in than 100 colorful frames with speech balloons, much like a graphic novel but for a younger audience with witty footnotes Illustrations.

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    • Jan Philipzig says:

      Generation Conflict in the Stone AgeThis comic book is about a Stone Age Family that not only lives in a cave but also wears stone pants and sleeps under stone blankets, because well, that’s just how things are done: “This is why nowadays is called the Stone Age [footnote: No one living in the Stone Age would know he was living in the Stone Age. He would believe he was living in the Modern Age. Today we believe we are living in the Modern Age. Time will tell.]”Stone pants and blankets are [...]

    • Dominick says:

      Another unique, amusing and simply weird book by the inestimable Raymond Briggs. The basic plot follows caveboy ("why do we live in caves, mum? couldn't we build something outside?") Ug, who tries to invent all sorts of things, despite the general bafflement, contempt, and even anger of literally everyone else in his world. It's unusual for Briggs to focus on a smart character but not at all unusual for him to satirize ignorance, which he does here with rather less tragic effect than in many of [...]

    • James Benham says:

      I really enjoyed this sweet story about a stone age boy who just wants some soft trousers to wear. Loved the parents constantly referencing things they would have no idea about (and the book pointing this out).

    • Charlotte says:

      This comic style book is about a boy ahead of his time. While this book is listed as for ages 5+ and it looks like a young children's book, I think that older students could appreciate and identify with this book more. As an easy, illustrated read, this book could be used well in a humanities course to model how we read books and respectfully discuss ideas. The reading level is low enough to include special needs or english language learners and the ideas in this book are sophisticated enough to [...]

    • Louise (A Strong Belief in Wicker) says:

      A clever idea to have a boy genius in the Stone Age. Ug doesn't like his stone pants and wants nice, comfortable soft ones. Fair enough too. Ug also doesn't like the stone bed he sleeps on, or the stone blanket he sleeps under. And the cold, raw ""dead animal bits"" well they don't seem that appealing either. Somehow though the book falls a bit flat, even the concepts behind it are quite imaginative.

    • Andrew says:

      I found this in my school of all places and thought I might add it to my graphic novel canon. I don't think I will. It's very odd. Very British, I guess you could say. Unless you were British - in that case you would call it good if you liked it, and "more American" if you didn't.

    • Ellee says:

      Kind of sad for a picture book that seems at first like it should be funny. I'd say it's more directed at parents than children since it demonstrates a parent's ability to either embrace or squelch a child's creativity.

    • Alicia says:

      Brilliantly witty.

    • Emma Hamilton says:

      This book shows a boy called Ug in the Stone Age who wishes to change the way things are done. His parents do not understand why he wants to keep changing things but then his father begins to come round to his ways and supports him in his new ideas such as soft trousers.

    • nevillegirl says:

      What in the actual FUCK this book was my SHIT when I was little and I haven't thought about it in forever aaaaah !!!!

    • Alex Blose says:

      Ug is a young boy, with thoughts way ahead of his time. All Ug wants is soft, warm trousers. Is that so much to ask for? In the stone age, it seems so. Everything that Ug does or says, his parents (especially his mom) think is stupid. Ug tries to create a boat (but fails because he makes it out of stone, until he later realizes that maybe he could use "bits of tree"), he invents the wheel and has thoughts about "the hot", how to "bend the stream", "stop animals from running away" and creating "s [...]

    • April says:

      Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone AgeWritten and Illustrated by: Raymond Briggs2001, Alfred A. Knopf32 pagesHistorical Fiction / Fantasy This book features a central character who thinks outside the box. Ug lives in the Stone Age and everything is made of stone. His pants are made of stone. His bed is made of stone. He has to play with stones. Although, his father and mother insist that Ug be happy with what he has, Ug is constantly thinking of new ways to live. He wants pants made of soft animal skin [...]

    • T. says:

      To the dismay of his parents and friends, a prehistoric boy continually thinks of making things softer, warmer, and nicer, rather than being content in a world of stone. 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 thru [...]

    • Michelle McBeth says:

      I was confused by the book on every level. It is written in the graphic novel style. But I didn't get the point. Ug spends the whole book questioning the way they live back in the stone age. He comes up with good ides but everyone thinks he is crazy and none of his ideas work. Mom spends all her time in the cave all day, half naked, and pulling out the guts of dead animals. Dad doesn't seem to do anything at all except to talk about back in his day. Interestingly enough, they all talk as if they [...]

    • Zinzan Zhao says:

      i chose this book after seeing it in the libraryis book fits under the category 'a book that teaches you about another time in history'ug is about a little boy called ug who is sick of everything being based on stones e.g stone trousers, stone beds, stone bouncy balls. he wants to have soft trousers and warm beds but everyone else just mocks him about his ambitions to have a softer, warmer environment but even against the ridiculing of his neighbours he pursues his dream of one day having soft t [...]

    • Emily says:

      Ug, who lives in the stone age, longs for a pair of soft trousers, and imagines a world where things are nice and soft and warm as opposed to cold and hard and dreary. His curiosity and forward-thinking throw his mom and dad and friend Ag for a loop and in the end all of his ideas (irrigation, cooking and heating using fire, boats, and the wheel) result in nothing but a frustrated grown-up Ug. I read this with my 6-year-old, but I think he might understand it better in a few years. He loved the [...]

    • Tanya says:

      I enjoyed the anachronisms, which were so frequently footnoted. I think a GATE reader would especially appreciate this with the feeling that adults sometimes just don't think creatively or practically. The mom was pretty funny, considering how often the phrases from her were ones that might be heard in modern day. Not for an early reader as it is very busy with its graphic novel style, but an older kid would likely appreciate this one.

    • John Foakes says:

      I'm a big fan of Raymond Briggs books and this one is no exception. Ug is an extremely smart young boy living in the Stone Age. All he wants is a soft pair of trousers but he can't seem to persuade his family or friends that it's a good idea. This book shows us that although some people may not agree with our ideas, we should never give up; that thinking ahead may be scary to some but it's important nonetheless. Classic Briggs at it's best.

    • Heather says:

      There really wasn't any ending or resolution to the problem posed by the narrator at the beginning of the book. Very awkward. Mostly it seemed like the book was simply a collection of jokes about the stone age. Some are clever, some are odd or off putting. I think that it would be a hard book for most young children to understand, though, particularly with the lack of an ending.

    • Jonathan says:

      Wearing stone trousers does seem to be a bit harsh. Whenever I get frustrated by the world's desire for more and more technological 'improvements' I will try to remember that once upon a time we all had to wear clothes made of stone, and sleep under stone blankets - apparently.

    • Debra says:

      I loved the fact that there is always someone who is not content with the way things are and seeks to find a way to make his ideas work and make life better for himself and others. An encouraging book for any child who feels he thinks differently than his friends.

    • Gretchen says:

      Another one of those "kid" books that's really for adults! A stone age boy laments living in the stone age because, well, everything is made of stone. His parents are dismayed over him not accepting things as they are. The ending is hilarious and not the expected end of the tale.

    • Emkoshka says:

      A very clever look at one little boy who lives well before his time. All Ug's attempts to innovate beyond the Stone Age are met with resistance from his parents, friends and the harsh stony environment. Plenty of puns, knowing jokes and an endearing hero. Typical Briggs!

    • Peacegal says:

      Not much of a story here, although I did appreciate the naming of "meat" by its much more proper title, "dead animal bits." I thought it was more than a little odd that Mom spends the entire story running around topless.

    • Seianna says:

      Disappointing ending. Just use long strips of hide to tie the two sides together No new technology required.

    • Joshua Gross says:

      First it was sort of cute and having a good message of thinking outside the box and not just accepting they way things always were. Then his parents die and he goes crazy. Hmm.

    • Kace68 says:

      I love ug

    • Martin Raybould says:

      Ingenious book about a 'genius' cave boy who wants life to be nicer, softer and warmer.

    • Sam Shepherd says:

      Should be required reading for all children to ensure they grow up asking the right kind of questions. Brilliant written and fantastic illustration.

    • Anne says:

      Stone age boy wants things that are "nice and soft and warm" - much to the consternation of his parents, especially his mother.

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