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Blog Tour: Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age by David Zeltser — Author Guest Post and Giveaway

Guest Post: David Zeltser

Author of Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age

About David

David Zeltser emigrated from the Soviet Union as a child, graduated from Harvard, and has worked with all kinds of wild animals, including rhinos, owls, sharks, and ad executives. He is the author of Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age, the first book in a satirical series about the world’s inaction on climate change, for ages 8-12. He also has a forthcoming picture book, Ninja Baby, with Caldecott Honor illustrator Diane Goode (Chronicle Books). David lives with his wife and daughter in Santa Cruz, California. He performs improv comedy and loves meeting readers of all ages. His second book about Lug is scheduled to publish in Fall 2015. Visit David’s website at He’s also on Twitter: @davidzeltser

David’s Post

Dear Dawn and ReadLove blog readers,

I appreciated your recent post (Gratitude Begets Gratitude: Count Your Book Blessings) and wanted to share a couple thoughts on that subject.

As I mention on my website’s bio, I too am thankful for Seuss, Silverstein, and Dahl, whom I discovered (and rediscovered) at various critical moments in my life. My family immigrated from the Soviet Union when I was five, so my childhood reading was a little different from most. But one thing I’m very grateful for is the wealth of educational opportunities I was given in the US, most of which I would have lacked in the USSR.

As I say on my website’s Giving Back page, “As an immigrant kid with big dreams, I’ve benefited from the help of many great organizations and kind people. So for every book I write, at least 20% of my proceeds will go to organizations that help children and families in need.”

And let me end this short post by thanking you for your interest in LUG. I hope you’ll visit my website, learn more about all of my upcoming books, and see the LUG book trailer here:

Gratefully yours,


About Lug

Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age
by David Zeltser

Series: Lug (Book 1)
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Egmont USA
Length: 192pp
ISBN-13: 978-1606845134

Related Links:

David Zeltser’s Website
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Publisher Website

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Publisher Synopsis

Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age is the first book in a new satirical series about the world’s inaction on climate change from debut author David Zeltser.

In Lug’s Stone Age clan, a caveboy becomes a caveman by catching a jungle llama and riding against the rival Boar Rider clan in the Big Game. The thing is, Lug has a forbidden, secret art cave and would rather paint than smash skulls. Because Lug is different, his clan’s Big Man is out to get him, he’s got a pair of bullies on his case—oh, and the Ice Age is coming.

When Lug is banished from the clan for failing to catch a jungle llama, he’s forced to team up with Stony, a silent Neanderthal with a very expressive unibrow, and Echo, a girl from a rival clan who can talk to animals and just may be prehistory’s first vegetarian and animal rights activist. Together they face even bigger challenges—Lug discovers the Ice Age is coming and he has to bring the warring clans together to save them not only from the freeze but also from a particularly unpleasant migrating pride of saber-toothed tigers. It’s no help that the elders are cavemen who can’t seem to get the concept of climate change through their thick skulls.


“A Stone Age comedy features a caveboy guilty of ‘uncavemanlike behavior.’ . . . Fred Flintstone would feel right at home in this light-as-pumice comedy.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This book is filled with humor but also a deeper message of learning to accept who you are and not backing down from what you are passionate about. . . . A roaring addition for public and school libraries.” — School Library Journal

“A merry prehistoric romp filled with unexpected laughs and sly humor! Following Lug as he tries to negotiate the mysteries of art, girls, changing climate, and the rowdy game of Headstone is sheer delight. Fast-paced and funny, with a heart of gold, this is one that kids will love.” — Bruce Coville, author of My Teacher Is an Alien and Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher



Don’t Miss the Next Stops on the Blog Tour:

Curling Up With A Good Book

Hook of a Book

For a full list of stops and details on the LUG Blog Tour, go to Egmont USA:

Blog Tour for Lug, Dawn of the Ice Age by David Zeltser


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