Cavekid Birthday

Charlesbridge. Mar. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781580898768.
PreS-Gr 1–Ever since they were born, Cavegirl and Caveboy have been friends. They play together, even after their individual interests diverge; the former likes being creative, while the latter enjoys collecting and building with rocks. Along comes their shared birthday, and each wants to get a gift for the other. But in order to get something, they have to give up a possession. Cavegirl trades her beloved tools for a rock box, and Caveboy trades his prized rocks for a toolbox. Their generous actions are nearly spoiled, but being creative kids, they still have fun with their presents. Sadly, it just isn’t enough. So the two decide to make one more trade with the salesman. Some may take issue with this turn of events as it undermines the sentimentality and the very nature of the good deed. However, the kids work together to accomplish their goal, and that in itself is a worthy message about friendship. Breisacher’s debut picture book is written in comical “cave-speak,” and with Garrigue’s hirsute comic strip style, it is a unified prehistoric package.
VERDICT With its message of friendship and cohesive style, this debut is a good one to consider for those with larger budgets.

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