Crom the caveman has caught Og the woolly mammoth for his tea but Meg is a vegetarian!
She persuades him to eat her delicious bubble & squeak.
Og is rather partial to it too and follows Meg home for another trunkful.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 32 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2003
- Category: Picture books
- ISBN: 9780140569384
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Review by AbigailAdams26
Meg, Mog and Owl find themselves tumbling through time in this sixteenth entry in the <i>Meg and Mog</i> picture-book series, winding up in a prehistoric cave when one of Meg's spells, intended to create more room - <i>"Cabbage & onion / Cavern & canyon / Bucket & broom / A big new room"</i> - goes horribly (and predictably) wrong. Here they meet a caveman named Crom, as well as Og, the wooly mammoth he has captured, and intends to eat. Fortunately, Meg has plenty of bubble and squeak on hand, and their new stone-age friends are convinced to try it, rather than each other. But life in a cave is cold (not to mention messy), so the witchy/feline/strigine trio soon return to the present, leaving Crom and Og behind. Or so it seems...As with previous entries in this series, there is a great synergy here between Helen Nicoll's text, split between the straightforward narrative, and the exclamations and sound words contained in the speech bubbles, and Jan Pienkowski's brightly-coloured artwork, which invariably accentuates the humour in each scene, and often adds a new dimension to the story itself. There's plenty of visual fun in <u>Meg, Mog and Og</u>, as the trio take cover from bats in the opening scene, or Meg turns a bright red, and tears out her hair in frustration, when their living quarters get a little small - an image that the reader is shown from above. There is also beauty, as in the scene in which the characters are all depicted in silhouette - one of Pienkowski's trademark styles - against receding circles of black, purple, blue and snowy-gray, together meant to represent the cave in which they are living. My favorite touch, though, would undoubtedly be the next-to-last page, which shows a hungry Og's red trunk reaching through the window, seemingly in search of some bubble and squeak, as Meg and Mog snore away, and Owl suspiciously keeps one eye open. Humorous and entertaining, this book will keep young readers involved through both story and art, and is recommended to younger children who enjoy witchy fare, or who are fans of these characters.