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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  4,497 ratings  ·  100 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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Christian
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
Max Lawson
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...more
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
Adam
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...more
Erin O'connor
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
Abid
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
Michele
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.
Gail
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...more
Helen
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.

O...more
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
Fiona
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.
Andy
Jan 01, 2008 Andy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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...more
Ade
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
Rowena
Read in Primary 5 with Mrs McKie
Marike
Stig of the dump by Clive King (illustrated by Edward Ardizzone)
first published in 1963, this Puffin Classic edition published in 1993

A friend lent me this children’s classic. Barney, a lonely boy on holiday at his grandmother in a small village in England meets a caveman – Stig – in the chalk pit. Everybody treats this as an imaginary friend. Stig is a stone age man, he does not speak English and is handy in putting things together in his dwelling. Their adventures have that excitement of explo...more
Samuel Minns
Although this book was published in 1963, I still believe this holds some fascination for the young reader. It is a story about Barney who discovers a boy living wild in a dump. They become great friends and have a series of adventures, culminating in a dream-like adventure that explains the assembly of ancient stones on the North Downs. Travelling to Cornwall each year, along the A303, we would pass Stonehenge which I imagined was constructed in a similar way.
With a young boy protagonist, I fo...more
Alfred
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...more
Steve Bryans
Stig of the Dump really captured my imagination as a child and is my first recollection of a teacher reading a book to me. Stig, a caveman, was found by a boy named Barney living at the bottom of a chalk pit where people dumped their rubbish. Stig, described as having shaggy black hair and bright black eyes became Barney's secret friend. Not because Barney doesn't tell anyone, but because no-one really believes that Stig exits. They have a great time, building camp, collecting wood, hunting, and...more
Jim Leech
Stig is a caveman that lives at the bottom of a chalk pit. We know that Stig is a caveman because of the description we get in the book, and because every book cover I have seen of Stig of the dump pictures a ‘modern’ (usually 1970’s or 1980’s photograph) boy with a caveman called Stig. Stig’s home is very near the grandparents of Barney. Barney and Stig quickly become friends and are curious about how each other live, even though Stig speaks very little. Barney tells everyone about his new frie...more
Mark Speed
I never quite got this novel, either as a child or as an adult. I thought Barney was a bit brainless. I reread it a year or so ago, after there was a publication anniversary. I'm surprised the political correctness mob haven't been over some parts of it, but it's a joy that they haven't. Some bits of it didn't add up for me as a child, but then I was always in the awkward squad.
Andy
Feb 26, 2010 Andy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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 cheep 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...more
Paula
I was read this book in school, about 30 years ago. Have just finished reading it to my two children, aged 6 and 3. The little one got a bit bored in places -- some of the early set-up chapters in particular are a bit slow -- but overall it was pretty good. Lots to think and talk about, and the evocation of the dump, and the 'little copse' which seems to stretch and stretch as the story goes on, were really captivating.
Tim Corke
Stig of the Dump is a delightful collection of short stories about Barney, an 8 year old who visits his Granny, and Stig, the child savage who lives in the old chalk pit.

Make belief to his Granny and sister, Lou, Stig helps Barney with scaring off burglars, helping with the Snarget brothers, fancy dress costumes and generally providing entertainment for a curious 8 year old. Barney reciprocates by helping Stig with his chalk cave and showing him new things.

Stig is a lovely book that would be ide...more
Ettegoom
I loved this, right up until the every last few pages... that was weird and didn't really fit with the rest of the story IMHO... but it was a sweet story otherwise.
Danielle
What a birlliant read, this book is really magical and will get the children thinking and using their imaginitive skills, for example Stig have very different lives and different languages so this gets the children thinking about having a friend who has a different life's and different languages.
I enjoyed the adventures along the way and getting to meet different charachters.
This is suitable for all genders, boys and girls will love this book, its a wonderful read.

If you like magical, adventu...more
Sandra Danby
To my sadness, I haven’t got my original copy of this book. I read it when I was about 9 or 10, I guess, and it opened up a new world of possibilities to me. That like Barney you could be free to live your own life, free of adults, free of rules, free to imagine, free to believe. The writer Clive King grew up in a house near a chalk pit, so I’d like to think he did actually meet Stig. I re-read the book recently and the story was just as fresh. It was published 40 years ago but it hasn’t aged at...more
Rebecca Mcewan
Fantastic read. Fifty years old, but not painfully dated. Lots of action and humor. Boys and I couldn't wait to read Barney's new adventure each night.
James
Barney is a solitary eight-year-old, given to wandering off by himself. One day he is lying on the edge of disused chalk-pit when he tumbles over, lands in a sort of cave, and meets' somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes' - wearing a rabbit-skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. They learn to understand one another, and together they raid the rubbish dump at the bottom of the pit, improve Stig's cave dwelling, and enjoy a series of adventures that are sometimes wi...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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