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Stig of the Dump

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  9,075 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Barney is a solitary eight-year-old, given to wandering off by himself. One day he tumbles over, lands in a sort of cave, and meets' somebody with shaggy hair wearing a rabbit-skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. They together raid the rubbish dump at the bottom of the pit, improve Stig's cave dwelling, and enjoy a series of adventures.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published August 1st 2010 by Penguin Books Limited (first published 1963)
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Leo .
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another great book from my school days. Stig Of The Dump was adapted into a mini series on TV and I used to rush home from school to watch it. This was before even video recording was available to the public so, one had to watch it while is was airing. I had an evening paper round and at least once a week; blame Stig Of The Dump; I was very late. Shop keeper never understood. I lied and told him I had chess club which was half true but, on a different day. ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mark Lawrence
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
I remember this fondly from when I was a little boy.

RIP Clive King

"Stig of the Dump has never been out of print and has sold more than 2 million copies since it was published in 1963."
My son LOVED this when he was a kid. I picked it up, curious to find out why, it being the Daily Deal at 2019-05-30.

I have given it three stars, but for kids or young adult readers I highly recommend it! It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s amusing. It teaches the value of creative thought, imagination, generosity and sharing, of doing things out in the fresh air, together with friends. It will have your kids making things out of scraps and odds and ends. It speaks of friendship and promotes
Joey Woolfardis
Generally I enjoy the post-war optimism of children's books from either POST-WWI or post-WWII (think Swallows and Amazons or Narnia). Compared to modern day children's books, they tend to be about the adventure, rather than about being relatable and about life. How boring.

Stig of the Dump has that post-war optimism but doesn't quite do it for me. It's a little too closed-off, a little too small. Written nicely, I just feel it had so much more to give and never quite got around to it.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2015
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 ...more
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars for us but a classic non the less. Lovely idea for a story. We enjoyed it but felt it lacked something, perhaps it was the style of writing, it lacked anything we found poetic or magical. There were some nice pieces of humour and interesting parts. We felt it left lots unexplained. We felt sorry for Stig and kept wondering why Barney didn't take him a coat or boots or a sleeping bag or some nice hot food ! Read this probably 35 years ago. The scene that stuck in my mind was Barney ...more
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
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Lance Greenfield
Oct 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Max Lawson
Sep 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Read in Primary 5 with Mrs McKie
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I started this book with my 11year old after a family member bought it for him. My son gave up after page 36. I knew he wouldn’t like it. He likes humour books that make him laugh.
Thinking I had never read this as a child I continued on alone with the book.
Turns out half way though I remember the story.
Even as a child I read horror and true crime. I guess this is why I didn’t remember it.
The story is kind of jumpy and I found it boring. I wouldn’t go out of my way to read it again. But
Jo Coleman
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I re-read this after hearing John Grindrod mention it in a talk about the London green belt, and I enjoyed it just as much as I did when I was a child. Clearly a very prosaic and dull child, as I had forgotten all of the magical elements and just remembered the bit where Barney and Stig make a chimney out of tin cans (still a very satisfying scene!). I love how middle-class Barney is - "Golly! You are clever, Stig!" - and I really enjoyed his sister Lou's journey from just being an annoying ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Pam Baddeley
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, fantasy
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 ...more
Steve Shilstone
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Young Barney falls in touch with a Stone Age lad. They hit it off and keep company from time to time. The final 1/4 of the tale takes wing into magic wonder time.
Erin O'connor
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Helen Davies
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Five stars for the memories of my teachers reading it to my class at school! Yes, we heard it in both our first and second years in elementary, but it was so intriguing I did not mind. Who was Stig? Where did he come from? Where was his family? Could he time travel? How?

I was reminded of this book when thinking about stories with environmental themes in my childhood. Rereading it I realize that there are other themes too. Friendship, loyalty, appreciation for the other, connection of people to a
Jemma Routledge
Nov 25, 2015 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.
Thomas A Andrew
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a child I remember reading Stig Of The Dump and I became completely obsessed with the concept of a cave man living in the nearby tips near to my house. I’d look at the tall hill and smile thinking that one day I’d find a stig lurking in the overgrowth. I have just finished reading this again and it’s well and truly a fave of mine. Stig is a character from my childhood that started my love of using my imagination to think that anything is possible. Clive King is a genius in his way of telling ...more
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Initially the low stakes, slow paced ambience of this book was a shock in comparison to contemporary world-saving, thrill-ride, kids' books but having accepted it for what it is, I found this book to be charming and by the end, delightful. It's heavily episodic, with no discernable through-plot, but Barney and Lou's adventures with Stig when they visit their grandmother are successively more extravagant and the last two chapters are particularly surprising and fun.
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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
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
Judith Johnson
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thought I’d re-read this for the first time since I was a kid, in honour of Clive King, whose death at age 94 was announced today, 13 July 2018.

Update: Wow, I wonder if I did read this as a child, or maybe just watched a television version? I'm sure I don't remember it as a favourite, but reading it now, found it utterly charming, magical, and beautifully written, with such a light, warm-hearted touch. The chapter featuring a fox-hunt is masterful, dealing with the subject so subtly and
Beth (bibliobeth)
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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 ...more
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