Ug : Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers, Paperback

Ug : Boy Genius of the Stone Age and His Search for Soft Trousers Paperback

Illustrated by Raymond Briggs

2.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Ug and his parents are living in the Stone Age. And that means stone blankets, stone cold food, an even colder cave and, worst of all, hard stone trousers!

Being an inquisitive and intelligent child, Ug suggests a series of modifications to improve the quality of family life.

His ideas about heating, cooking, boats, and balls that actually bounce are met with a hostile reaction by his parents who don't know what he's going on about.

Even Ug himself is occasionally unsure of the purpose of his inventions - his round stone that rolls down the hill is great, but what is it actually for?

With the help of his father, who is slowly coming round to his son's way of thinking, Ug comes tantalisingly close to his ultimate garment goal, only to find that there are some obstacles even a boy genius can't overcome.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, 32
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9780099417897



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Um. Right. I knew the author/artist was familiar, but it wasn't until I hit the end of the book that I remembered the other book of his I've read - the one about the nuclear attack and the British farm couple surviving it. Or not surviving. This book is slightly less depressing but equally - pointless? Helpless? Hopeless? It starts out with a kid talking about how to make things better and being put down by his parents and friends - he invents the wheel at one point but can't figure out how to make it useful - and...well, nothing happens. Nothing changes. Then there's the silliness of footnotes for 'anachronisms' while ignoring stuff like...they didn't actually wear stone trousers in the Stone Age, nor use stone blankets. It's an _interesting_ book, and I suspect it will remain with me for some time (as did When The Wind Blows), but I didn't enjoy reading it.

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