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Stig of the Dump by Clive King
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Sep 26, 2011


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 wants to show him off to his family and friends but they do not believe Barney’s statement. Barney is content to continue the companionship regardless of what people’s opinions. A pinnacle moment in the book happens when Stig and his sister Lou are teleported back to Stig’s era where they get the chance to see how his people live. Each chapter forms a short story which is good for children with short concentration spans and who are weary about novels. It is a charming read and the children will be fascinated by the mysteries and adventures. After reading the book, it will make you want to be involved in their adventures. I would recommend this exciting book for children aged between eight and ten.
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