Published by Scholastic
Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVhK8kZN5w0
Summary: Oona lives in a cave with her high-powered mother (she’s trying to market the newly-invented wheel), her father (he’s a laid-back hunter-gatherer who likes to cook), and younger brother, Bonk. When Oona discovers a large egg, she hopes it will hatch into something that Bonk’s not allergic to. And that it won’t be interested in eating her and her family. When she and Bonk have a fight, the egg mysteriously disappears, and Oona is heartbroken. Using her wits and ingenuity, she figures out what happened and tracks down her unhatched pet just as the egg is starting to rock and crack a bit. It breaks open, and out steps a baby…well, I can’t give everything away. Book #2 comes out in September. 160 pages; grades 2-4.
Pros: The Oodlethunks are a modern Stone-Age family, and 21st century kids will chuckle over the up-to-date reinventions of prehistoric life. The author’s note at the end separates fact from fiction, explaining that much of the Oodlethunks’ village is based on ancient Colorado. Fun illustrations.
Cons: The geologic ages are a bit mixed up.