Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Book review - Stuck in the Stone Age

Title: Stuck in the Stone Age
Author: Geoff Rodkey
Genre: humor
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Doesn't quite live up to the promise

Summary (provided by publisher): Tom Edison (no, not that Tom Edison) is a hopeful janitor who dreams of becoming a scientist—and Dr. Morice is a shy scientist who dreams of making friends. When an accident at the lab sends them back in time to the stone age, Tom and Dr. Morice must work together to face down cavemen, saber-tooth tigers, and other B.C. hazards, with only one problem: Tom isn’t very good at science, and Dr. Morice isn’t very good with people.
A laugh-out-loud time-travel adventure, Stuck in the Stone Age is the first in a series of novels that double as an introduction to the basics of creative writing. With the help of Story Pirate Captain Rolo Vincent and the Story Creation Zone, kids can use this kid-generated sci-fi comedy as inspiration to create their OWN great stories!

My opinion: Let's be frank. This book is kind of foolish. The concept is, at best, odd. It breaks one of my cardinal rules of juvenile fiction, casting adults as main characters. It works, in a way, since said adults behave rather like children. They struggle with social issues, behave selfishly, have naive beliefs. The writing is a little funny and is over all harmless. I liked the idea of using a full novel to inspire kids to do their own writing, pointing out in the text what various writing concepts actually look like. The question is, will any young readers actually bother to read the informational section? Is the story compelling enough to inspire young writers?
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley.

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