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Review: Lucy and Andy Neanderthal

September 16, 2016

Lucy and Andy Neanderthal


Jeffrey Brown explores the world 40,000 years ago when Neanderthals lived in a fun way in his latest book, Lucy and Andy Neanderthal.  Even though this book is aimed at the early middle grade set, I thought it was fabulous.  It was entertaining, kept my interest, and taught me a lot, including the correct way to pronounce Neanderthal – NeanderTal.

The story is told in chapters and a pair of scientist are featured at the end of each one to separate fact from fiction and go into more detail.  The end of the book explains current research and admits that our view of Neanderthals is changing as more information is gathered.  Also included is a history of cavemen in books, a Neanderthal Timeline, and a “Fact vs. Fiction” section.

Kids won’t even realize they’re learning as they read Lucy and Andy Neanderthal but they’ll be engrossed in the story because of its fun graphic novel format and will be anxious for the next book in the series, which comes out in 2017.  Be sure to pick this one up for your budding young scientist!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2016 6:17 am

    It’s funny about that pronunciation. I learned it a long time ago but just can’t bring myself to give up the TH. LOL (Of course, I still call Reagan Airport – National Airport….)

  2. September 16, 2016 7:14 am

    Sounds like a book for all ages!

  3. September 16, 2016 9:21 am

    Another example of a good book being a good book regardless of genre or targeted audience.

  4. September 16, 2016 12:42 pm

    Love science books that are written as fun books like these!!

  5. September 16, 2016 5:25 pm

    Terrific review, and I even learned–or relearned–a fun fact! This book sounds like a winner for young people.

  6. September 17, 2016 4:01 am

    Interesting 🙂

  7. September 17, 2016 11:58 am

    I love when a book aimed toward younger readers can be enjoyed by us older folks. I know that’s the correct way to say neanderthal, but I don’t do it. It sounds much better using “thal”.

  8. bookingmama permalink
    September 20, 2016 8:29 am

    I have this one and it’s definitely on my radar. Now, if I could just get Booking Son to read it!

  9. September 20, 2016 5:41 pm

    This sounds cute

  10. September 22, 2016 5:02 pm

    oh this one sounds so adorable! i love books that teach kids without them knowing they’re learning!

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