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Author: Ferry, Beth
Will the caveboy's crush respond favorably to his grand, attention-getting gestures?
Kirkus Reviews (08/15/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 10/15/2019 The course of true love involves a lot of things getting smashed and bashed in this prehistoric meet cute. Smitten at first sight of Neanne—“She was short. She was hairy. She was perfect”—young Neander moons about the cave until he hears his dad knowingly remark “Crush,” then rushes out to gather a big bouquet, show it to her. . . and stomp it to smithereens with a mighty, spread-filling “CRUSH.” Puzzled when she runs off, Neander ups his game by doing the same with an enormous conch. When that doesn’t work, he drags up an iceberg and carves a huge statue of her. This time she smiles and enacts a destructive “CRUSH” of her own. Kuefler depicts the infatuated enfants as stubby, skin-clad figures with big tangles of unruly hair (his dark, hers red) and places them in benign, minimally detailed landscapes. The theme’s violence is discomfiting in a relationship story, but the humor helps tone it down somewhat, and younger audiences in particular will enjoy chiming in on the periodic bellow. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.