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Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Stone Age Housing Crunch

Lucy and Andy struggle when they have to move in with a Neanderthal family because it is winter and they desperately need a place to stay. The two groups get along well, and there are occasional asides from modern scientists who discuss facts about certain facets of life at this time. Eventually, the two groups make peace, only to have spring arrive.

Andy in particular seems like a modern child transported back to prehistoric times, because he doesn't want to be crowded in the cave, he balks at skinning a deer, and he is generally unhappy with small things. Young readers will be able to sympathize with his plight.

The supplementary information at the end of the book gives additional information about the Stone Age, how we know information about this time period, and where readers might be able to see some of the artifacts.

Good Points
This is a graphic novel by a very popular author, so readers will be quick to pick this up, and won't even suspect that they will be learning things! Scientists pop into the story frequently to talk about excavating caves and finding remains of primitive peoples, which adds to the educational element of this book.

There are a lot of modern sensibilities in the book, which make it very humorous, although I found it hard to imagine that the human father would have fainted when he saw a baby being born. The mothers are referred to as "Mrs.", and the characters all have very AngloSaxon names.

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