Monday, August 15, 2016

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffrey Brown

Living in the time of Neanderthals is not easy.  Just ask Lucy and Andy.  This graphic novel shares some of their adventures and is an easy way to learn about the past and be entertained both!

Crown Books for Young Readers sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published August 30th.

The kids are a bit silly and get into trouble here and there, but they mean well.  Andy wants to go on a hunt so bad he can taste it and he tries to camouflage him and follow along but he's found out.  Lucy comes to join him and sneaks him through to where they can watch the kill.  Andy finds out it's not an easy job and it's not a quick kill.  Then they butcher the animal and he gets sick.  He can't even eat the meat after seeing his first hunt.  I don't think he'll be trying to go on a hunt anymore.

Poor Lucy is asked to make clothes for the family.  She's supposed to have help but the older girl lets her do all the work.  Her brother hates his outfit.  Her father isn't sure but it is comfortable.  When her feelings are hurt, she runs to hide in the woods.  There she finds some other children, who scare her to death.

It seems people have moved into their area.  They meet but no one knows if this a good or a bad thing.  The next book in this series will tell you more about that.

There are facts spread thoughout the book.  There's a little lesson at the end of each chapter and more information at the end of the book.  While this is in comic book form, it's also an easy way to learn about long ago.  I'd have loved learning like this instead of using the old textbooks!  Why not give a try with your young one?

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