Friday, February 23, 2018

Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age by Jeffrey Brown - OPTIONAL

Brown, Jeffrey Lucy and Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal, #2), 224 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL Crown Books (Random), 2017. $13 Content: G. 

Lucy and Andy have to share their family’s cave with a human family who is looking for shelter.  Andy is upset with how many people are crowding into his space, but Lucy enjoys having new friends.  The kids play together while the parents try to find another cave for the human family.  Andy always feels like he is getting left out and wants to help the men.  One day he ends up protecting his friends from a cave bear and his parents and friends acknowledge that he is brave.  

This graphic novel is the second in the series and I’m not sure if reading the first book is necessary to understanding this book.  The characters aren’t very endearing, the pictures are in black and white making them bland and uninteresting and the story line is slow.  The best part of this book is the interesting facts about Neanderthals and the Ice Age that the author disperses throughout the book as well as at the end.  When I handed this to my third grader he opened it up, looked at the pictures for thirty seconds and determined that it wasn’t worth reading, so I’m not sure it holds a lot of cover appeal.  There are also a large amount of characters that aren’t overly distinguishable and hard to keep track of.  

EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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