Product Details
List Price:
3 to 7
P to 2
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62091-521-9
Full-color illustrations
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About the Book


Meet Orq, cave boy. And Woma, woolly mammoth. Orq love Woma. Only one problem: Mom is not a fan of Woma, who sheds and smells and is definitely not cave-trained. How can Orq convince his mother that Woma belongs with them? Orq has a plan to get Woma back in the cave . . .A satisfying story about friendship and loyalty, filled with humor and heart.


" . . . Nichols's hilarious tongue-in-cheek illustrations provide a perfect counterpoint to Elliott's terse, faux cave-man vernacular. Drawn in pencil but digitally colored, each spread enhances the story with comic antics by Woma, Orq, and a family of prehistoric birds. . . A fun and winsome addition to any collection." --School Library Journal

"Elliott's (In the Sea) humorously blunted, primitive language and gently shaded pencil drawings from Nichols (Maple) turn what might have been a predictable story about a boy's attempt to domesticate a woolly mammoth into a sparkling comic monologue. . . Rereadings will be clamored for, and the story will probably bring out the inner caveperson of everyone in the house." --Publishers Weekly

" . . . Elliott's tex, written with the awkward simplicity of movie "Indians" and cavemen, is hilariously effective and also apt to tickle and be understood by very young readers: 'This Orq. He live in cave. He carry club. He cave boy.' Nichols' digitally colored pencil illustrations are simple and slyly humorous. Offbeat and winning." --Kirkus Reviews

Meet the Author

David Elliott

David Elliott is the author of the New York Times best seller And Here’s to You!, illustrated by Randy Cecil; a trio of poetry books about animals illustrated by Holly Meade (On the Farm, In the Sea, and the ALA Notable Book In the Wild); and the brilliantly funny Finn Throws a Fit, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering; as well as many other picture books and middle-grade novels. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire.  

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Meet the Illustrator

Lori Nichols

Lori Nichols grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania surrounded by pets. She now lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, three daughters, and cat, Margaret, and is the author-illustrator of the picture books Maple, Maple & Willow Together, and Maple & Willow Apart.

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