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Stig of the Dump

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,498 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Stig's nice. He's my friend.

Nobody believes Barney when he says he's discovered a boy living wild in the dump. But for Barney, Stig is totally real. They become great friends, learn each other's ways and embark on a series of exciting adventures.

Cover Photograph: Harriet Zucker
Paperback, 157 pages
Published April 27th 1986 by Puffin Books (first published 1963)
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A delightfully little story about a eight year old boy, Barney. He is a curious boy, with a desire to explore, and is told not to go too close to the edge of the quarry. He does get too close though, and falls down to the bottom. He lands in a cave cut into the chalk, and there looking at him is a short hairy man, with sparkling black eyes, and wearing animal furs. The start to communicate using gestures and grunt, and barney decides to call him Stig. And so begins a series of adventures with hi ...more
Stig of the dump is a fantastic read for children and adults alike, it is a brilliant book to read aloud to both KS1 and KS2 children and as an independent read for KS2 level. The book tackles a wealth of issues within the story and focuses on morality and ethics from the 60's that are still relevant to modern day children. The story can be used to discuss friendship, bullying, right from wrong, stealing, lying, inventions, adventure, ingenuity and recycling, and language barriers. A variety of ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Gail rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me. I was expecting it to be a simple, fun, mildly enjoyable read, which I would have better appreciated had I read it at 9 years old (which is when everyone else seemed to read it). Instead, I was wowed by the levels of humour and social commentary and astute observation and depth within this story.

I love it when children's books show insights into how kids' minds work - so often they are so focused on the child being a strong person that the odd little quirks and vulnerabil
Why oh why did it take me so long to a)be able to read and b)spend time with Stig and Barney? I really enjoyed this book from the outset and it was all due to Clive King's engaging writing style and voice. How effortlessly he captures Barney's childlike disposition alongside the beauty and rare magic of the North Downs (how can you not but love the scene when Barney and Lou cross paths with the stag).
Barney's adventures with his thought-to-be-imaginary friend, Stig are led by his inquisitivenes
Max Lawson
Sep 27, 2011 Max Lawson rated it really liked it
Stig of the Dump is one of those modern classic stories that has remained prevalent in children's literature since it's first publication in 1963. I chose to read and review it as it's one of the more challenging books that managed to entice me at primary school.

The book tells the story of eight year old Barney who stumbles across a solitary caveman called Stig in the dump at the bottom of his Grandmother's garden. Despite the barriers, both linguistic and cultural, that separate them, the two s
Lance Greenfield
Its was great fun when I was a kid, and it is still great fun now that I am a very big kid! The difference is that it takes less time to read now.
Pam Baddeley
A classic of 60s literature, I hadn't re-read this since childhood so didn't recall much other than it being about a young boy who finds a young caveman living in the nearby disused chalkpit, which is now used as a dump by the locals who throw rubbish into it. Stig, as Barney names him, does not have language - at least, not until the final surreal ending - but they manage to communicate through gestures and form a friendship. Stig's strength is his ingenuity; although he doesn't understand mode ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Alfred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the story of a boy called Barney who finds a cave man living in a dump in the local chalk pits. Stig of the Dump as he is called, becomes Barney’s friend. After meeting Stig, Barney tells his grandmother and sister Lou about him but nobody believes him. Stig becomes a secret friend until he is also discovered by the Snarget boys.

Stig is extremely inventive. Together, Barney and Stig build a window, build a chimney, fight off some house robbers, help a zoo capture a leopard that has
Erin O'connor
Sep 08, 2013 Erin O'connor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stig of the Dump tells the story of a boy who discovers a cave man living in a dump in the local chalk pits near his granny's house. The two become friends and enjoy lots of building and creating using the left over materials in the dump. Along the course of the story they build a chimney, see off some house robbers and help the zoo capture a leopard. The story ends with a magical experience where the children are transported to stone age Britain to witness the creation of Stone Henge by stone a ...more
Jemma Routledge
Nov 30, 2015 Jemma Routledge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book really easy to read and I was truly disappointed when I finished reading it. The characters are so believable and lovely and it will definitely be a book that I will be reading again.
Jul 13, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous wallow in childhood nostalgia! All the children's books I'm currently reading are ones I read aged 8 - 10 - and have never forgotten, the stories had such an impact on my youthful self.
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Beth Rimell
This is such a great read, with much adventure that prevented me from putting the book down!

Whilst reading this book I kept noting the amount of cross-curricular links it has, with many areas that could be explored with KS1 and KS2. This includes exploring language barriers through drama and junk modelling to recreate Stig's den, with a focus on the use of natural and man-made materials. An area in the classroom could also be transformed into Stig's den itself with the use of the junk modelling
Elizabeth Moffat
Stig of the Dump is a classic piece of children's fiction, reminding me of the innocence of times gone by. As a result, I don't think it would appeal to the "modern child," but I enjoyed the adventures and moments of drama that unfolded. The basics of the story revolve around a young boy and his new friend he meets whilst out exploring - a caveman like creature whom he names Stig. Of course they have lots of adventures, leaving you with a "feel-good" feeling in your tummy at the end of the book. ...more
Leanne Mc
This book tells the tale of Barney, a young boy who begins a friendship with a caveman named Stig. Barney falls over the edge of the chalk pit quarry and lands into the rubbish filled den that Stig calls home. Stig can’t speak English, he speaks in grunts. They still mix well even though communication is blurred. There is no evidence as to where he originates from. Barney is delighted to have made a friend like Stig because he isn’t like anyone he knows at all. Barney enjoys hunting with him. He ...more
Sep 20, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clive King’s ‘Stig of the dump’ is about a boy called Barney who befriends a caveman called ‘Stig’ who lives in a quarry. Barney finds Stig by accidently falling into the quarry and through the roof of Stig’s den. From this point onwards they become good friends.

Barney enjoys his time with Stig as they do a number of interesting things together such as; improving ‘Stigs’ den, collecting firewood, scaring a young group of boys’, catching some burglars who were attempting to steal Barney’s grandm
Aug 27, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all young boys (and girls)
Recommended to Andy by: My 8 year old self
Shelves: 2010
I picked this up a few weeks back in a sale, remarkably cheap with an interesting cover. I remember reading and enjoying it when I was younger but couldn't recall anything about it, so thought I'd give it a go.

An 8 year old Barney falls into the dump and meets a caveman called Stig. Each chapter recounts another adventure from simple tool building, to dealing with bullies, fox hunting and fancy dress parties. These read well and are very easy to relate to having once been a young boy with an ac
May 13, 2012 Abid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stig of the Dump was one of the more challenging books that managed to captivate my imagination at primary school. The book is about 8 years old Barney who befriends a caveman called Stig living in the dump at the bottom of his Grandmother's garden. The two of them then start a series exciting adventures, which highlight the differences in their two worlds, but also show how the differences can be celebrated. The book takes the form of a novel with many illustrative sketches at the beginning of ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this when I was about 8. Loved it then and love it now! Whenever I read this I always have in mind the characters from the 1980's TV series that was shown at the time. Well worth going back to revisit.
Monique Engelen
Delightful story. Just a bit disappointed it seemingly turned a corner with its story, and then stopped in a hurried way. nice characters. Love the innocence of the adventurous boy. lovely essence in this day of suspicion.
Allison Cole
Jan 06, 2016 Allison Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely read. The story was very vivid and believable to me, I could imagine Stig's little house/den so much. Barney is an interesting character and I feel he would be such a great little boy to know. Overall, really nice read and not too difficult to read either. I remember watching the series on BBC but the book is much much better and I'm glad I have read it now.
Jelila Jelila
Stig of The Dump – I absolutely LOVED this book, which was read as a serial in class when I was a 7 or 8 years old, by our primary school teacher. I was CAPTIVATED - I remember the whole class was silent, throughout - as Barney, a normal schoolboy, became close friends with Stig – a wild looking caveman, who was inexplicably trapped in the 20th Century and making a makeshift existence in a dump.

I loved the adventure and the different-ness of Stig and his simple yet wild colourful existence – ex
Sep 05, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a fascinating story, with a twist I didn’t remember from when I read this book as a child.

Barney meets a new friend Stig when he is staying at his Grandmother’s house. The ground gives way and Barney lands in a cave, in the middle of the rubbish dump, Barney meets Stig.

Nobody believes that Stig is real and there is no thought to where Stig has come from and why he doesn’t speak English. Yet, Stig and Barney become such good friends and work together to improve Stig’s cave.

Claire Phelan
Stig of the Dump is a story about a young boy named Barney, who while visiting his grandparents begins a friendship with a caveman called Stig. One day while out exploring Barney falls over the edge of a chalk pit and lands inside a den filled with rubbish. This is where we are first introduced to Stig. Stig is “somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes” wearing a rabbit skin. Barney is delighted that he has made a new friend and excitedly tells his family all about Stig but o ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: betterment
I can not believe I had not read this book before! I loved the book and all the descriptive language enabled me to really picture the characters and setting. The only part that rather disappointed me was the ending as it changed the book for me - from a naive adventure story of overcoming hardship and building friendships to a fantasy story, which I did not enjoy at all.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A 1001 CBYMRBYGU. I’d never heard a whisper about this book here in the US and that is very sad to me. Barney discovers a caveman (caveboy?) named Stig living in the dump near his grandmother’s home and together the two have an entire book of fun adventures. Is Stig real or just a wonderful madeup friend? Who knows? And it doesn’t really matter; it just adds to the fun.
I read this back in year 2 when I was about 6 I suppose - it was a school book. I remember thinking it was okay. My mum at the time, thought why was her daughter reading some stupid book about a dump? Yeah well, I think she ended up enjoying it more then I did because she stayed up all night reading it.
Jan 01, 2008 Andy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: chidish adults
I loved this book as a kid and thought it was the bees knees. Alas when I re read it this year it hadn't stood the test of time and isn't a kids book that can be enjoyed by adults. Still highly recommended for kids but not adults looking for nostalgia.
Lei Koopmans
Sep 30, 2014 Lei Koopmans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Stig of the Dump, by Clive King, is a story about Barney who enjoys his time at his grandma's house by spending the time with Stig. One day when Barney had nothing to do, he went outside to the nearby chalk mine field to have a stroll when he came upon an old chalk pit. He fell down the whole when looking at a house that was inside the pit. He looked around and came across Stig who was not the ordinary kind of person. He was a cave man. With Stig, Barney goes on sm
Feb 01, 2014 Ade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a child and recently read it again to my eight year old daughter. We both thoroughly enjoyed it and were sorry when we reached the last page. Barney is a boy under ten who is allowed to use matches, carry a pocket knife and freely explore away from his home without supervision. He gets mixed up with fox hunters, burglars and even ancient peoples, and at one point attempts to drive a car (without success, it must be admitted, although with laudable effect). In following his ad ...more
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David Clive King was born in Richmond, Surrey in 1924. In 1926 he moved with his parents to Oliver's Farm, Ash, Kent, on the North Downs, alongside which was an abandoned chalk-pit. His early education was at a private infant school where one of the teachers, Miss Brodie, claimed to have taught Christopher Robin Milne, and introduced Clive to stories about Stone Age people. Thereafter he went to K ...more
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