More Scrawny Than Brawny (Caveboy Dave #1)

by Aaron Reynolds (Author) Phil McAndrew (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
Series: Caveboy Dave
A funny graphic-novel series by New York Times bestselling author Aaron Reynolds!

His grandpa invented fire. His dad invented the wheel. How will Caveboy Dave leave his mark?

Dave Unga-Bunga has always been more scrawny than brawny. This is a major problem when your village expects you to become a meat-bringer. At age twelve, all young cave-people must stalk through the eerie mushroom forests for a prehistoric beast the village can feast on. Dave would much rather invent stuff for a better life--like underwear to make loincloths less itchy and cutlery to make eating less messy. Can Dave save his group by inventing the perfect defense against a bloodthirsty pokeyhorn? Or will he MEET HIS DOOM?

First in a new series, More Scrawny Than Brawny delivers irresistible characters, big thrills, and even bigger laughs.

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Kirkus Reviews

Bright colors and animated, exaggeratedly doofy characters buoy the rollicking action, mixing intrigue and lots of giggles... A lively series opener.

School Library Journal

Gr 3-6--A new graphic novel series from the author of the Caldecott Honor picture book Creepy Carrots. At age 12, all the young cave people must use the skills they've been taught in school to hunt a prehistoric beast that will then feed the whole village. Dave comes from a long line of inventors, and though his inventions tend to fall into the category of making life more comfortable as opposed to the groundbreaking work of family members who discovered fire or invented the wheel, he still believes that his endeavors will save him from having to participate in the ritual. When Dave's invention of underwear fails to draw praise, he heads into the eerie mushroom forests with his classmates. Even the bravest students realize that they are ill prepared, but Dave's quick thinking saves the day many times over. Fans of Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series will find much to love here. Panels are big and usually formatted four to a page, with two to three speech bubbles per panel. The story is well paced and balances backstory with action and problem-solving. Put this on the shelf between Jorge Aguirre's "Chronicles of Claudette" series and Ben Hatke's "Zita the Spacegirl" books. VERDICT A humorous look at life in the Stone Age that incorporates STEM themes through the interests and achievements of its main character; a highly recommended purchase for school and public library collections.--Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Publisher's Weekly

delightfully entertaining tale about discovering one's true calling...Dave's first adventure sets a high bar for future volumes.

Review quotes


"Caveboy Dave is a hilarious new graphic novel series . . . imagine a prehistoric version of Wimpy Kid meets Captain Underpants."
—Boys' Life

"Nonstop action, belly laughs, and stabby cats. What's not to love?"
—Victoria Jamieson, author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning Roller Girl

"Wonderfully weird! Loaded with gut-busting laughs and prehistoric peril."
—Max Brallier, author of the New York Times bestselling Last Kids on Earth series

"Fast-paced and funny."
—Mo O'Hara, author of the New York Times bestselling Zombie Goldfish series 

"Outlandishly funny."
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Aaron Reynolds
Aaron Reynolds is not a caveman, but he was very scrawny as a kid and can totally relate to Caveboy Dave. These days he's all grown up and spends his time writing bestselling and critically acclaimed books and graphic novels for kids, including Nerdy Birdy, President Squid, and the Caldecott Honor Medalist Creepy Carrots! He lives in Chicago but regularly tours the country visiting schools and libraries. Visit Aaron at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication date
November 20, 2016
Caveboy Dave
BISAC categories
JUV019000 - Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
JUV002060 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures
JUV008000 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | General
Library of Congress categories
Humorous stories
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
Cartoons and comics
Comics (Graphic works)
JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels /
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dinosaurs & Preh
Prehistoric peoples
Humorous comics

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