The Surprise Guests
Written by Kennon Graham
Art by Fred Irvin
Page numbers come from the 1st printing, 1975
Cha-ka brings a dozen Pakuni to breakfast at High Bluff; a baby
tyrannosaur and it's mother interrupt the day.
Read the complete
Notes from the
The Surprise Guests at this point in the timeline
because, as Rick says in the book, "Cha-ka wants more of your
good cooking, Holly," so that suggests it might be shortly after
"The Paku Who Came to
On page 1, the
Marshalls appear to be cooking
in front of the Pakuni compound
instead of at High Bluff!
Probably the artist was basing
his drawings on publicity stills
without ever having seen the
|High Bluff in
The Surprise Guests
This book is the first time we see Pakuni besides Cha-ka, Ta and
Sa. In fact we meet a dozen of them here, but don't learn their
names or where they came from (or where they went after
this!). Presumably, Ta and Sa are among them.
On page 3 and elsewhere, Cha-ka seems able to use the "L" sound even though it is established in Pakuni speech in the episodes (and in linguist Victoria Fromkin's notes) that the Pakuni have no "L" sound in their language. He even speaks Holly's name correctly instead of "Ari". For the puritan fans among us (like me), I think we have to pretend he uses "R" sounds wherever we see an "L".
On pages 9 and 10, Cha-ka takes two helpers to fetch a gigantic dinosaur egg for Holly to cook. Are the "helpers" actually Ta and Sa?
As the mother dinosaur approaches on page 16, three unusual
lizards appear to scatter into the rocks and jungle: a blue one,
a red one, and a green one.
The two-clawed forelimbs of the baby and mother dinosaurs
indicate they are tyrannosaurs, although they are depicted as bluish in coloration rather than brown like Grumpy. They may be a different species of tyrannosaur than our favorite Tyrant king.
The motion lines on the art of page 17 seem to indicate that not
only are the bushes and trees trembling from the shock of the mother dinosaur's footsteps, but so are the distant mountains!
The smoke on pages 19 and 21 indicate there is an active volcano near the
Marshall's area of the Land of the Lost.
4, 5, 6
Cha-ka says, "Congla!"
to mean tribe or nation.
"Holly chook mana!"
||I am guessing
this means "Holly cook meal." I think "chook" is meant
to be Cha-ka's attempt to say "cook" which he must have
learned from hanging out with the Marshalls. Fromkin's
Pakuni dictionary already has a work for food, "onam".
So I've taken "manu" to mean "meal".
"Holly chook egg!"
|| "Holly cook
||Pakuni say, "Munder!"
|| "Munder" may
mean "tyrannosaur". I believe from my viewings of the
episodes that "agamba" is already established as meaning
Cha-ka says, "No, Holly! No chook eggs!"
"No, Holly! No cook eggs!"