Saturday, September 2, 2017

Kid Konnection: Lucy & Andy Neanderthal - The Stone Cold Age

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week I'm going to share with you the second book in the Lucy & Andy Neanderthal graphic novel series.

Summary: Neanderthal siblings Lucy and Andy are back to their paleo pranks. This time, they have to put up with more than just each other—the cave is feeling awfully cramped since the humans moved in. They’re in the Ice Age, and legroom comes at a real premium!

Jeffrey Brown skillfully blends humor and history with paleontologist sections: Timeline of Key Discoveries, Ice Age Fact vs. Fiction, Silly Cavemen Myths, and more. -- Crown Books for Young Readers

Lucy and Andy, everyone's favorite Neanderthal duo, are back in LUCY & ANDY NEANDERTHAL: THE STONE COLD AGE. I loved the first book in this graphic novel series for its blend of hilarious storytelling and science facts. Plus, who doesn't enjoy bestselling author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown's adorable illustrations?

In THE STONE COLD AGE, Lucy and Andy find themselves in a somewhat uncomfortable home situation. Not only is their cave crowded after the homo spies arrive on the scene, but it's also really cold... like Ice Age cold.

It's no surprise that I loved THE STONE COLD AGE. It's a quick read and perfect for reluctant readers. Plus, it's both funny and educational -- the best of both worlds for a middle grade book. Lucy and Andy are fantastic characters (especially Andy!), and their adventures are always exciting. Maybe the best thing I can say about this book is how excited Booking Son was when he saw it on my desk. He's not always a big fan of graphic novels, but this is one series that he enjoys!

As a mom, I really can't rave enough about these books. I have always had an interest in anthropology, and I don't remember learning much about Neanderthals in school. The Lucy and Andy series is a terrific way for today's kids to learn about the past. Much of the book focuses on the Ice Age, but there is even information about climate change and the effects it is having on us today.

The majority of the book is about Lucy and Andy's adventures, but at the end of each chapter, modern day anthropologists chime in with some fun facts about that time period. In addition, the end of the book has some terrific resources including a Timeline of Key Discoveries, Ice Age Fact vs Fiction, and Silly Caveman Myths. There is even a preview of Book 3 which comes out in summer 2018.

If you haven't seen this middle grade graphic novel series, then I highly recommend checking it out. Without a doubt, THE STONE COLD AGE belongs in home and school libraries.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

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bermudaonion said...

I thought the first book in this series was terrific. I need to check this one out!

Musicmicetro said...

Thanks for sharing this book. :) It looks interesting!

Stacie said...

I can think of some middle school boys who are reluctant readers and would probably like this book. I will have to let the school library know about this series!