Stig of the Dump is a modern classic that has sold over two million copies since its publication in 1963 and still enchants young readers year after year. Written by British author Clive King, Stig of the Dump is often read in schools and has been adapted into several successful TV series, making it one of the nation’s best loved books.
Stig of the Dump tells the tale of Barney and his unlikely best friend – cave-man Stig. Bored whilst staying at his grandparents for the summer, Barney is out exploring one day when he falls into a disused chalk-pit. Tumbling down into the dump below, he gets caught in some weeds and is freed by a boy wearing rabbit skins and speaking only in grunts. He christens him “Stig” and is fascinated by the den he lives in and the ingenious creations he has made from other people’s rubbish. Stig and Barney become firm friends and embark on a series of thrilling adventures, but needless to say Barney cannot convince his family or friends that Stig is real.
The book celebrates the curiosity and imagination of children and the delight of being able to roam free outdoors – building dens and playing. As Stig and Barney’s adventures eventually lead them back in time, readers will be fascinated by the insight into the world of Stone Age cave-men. Stig of the Dump draws on children’s experience of believing in something that adults cannot or will not see and the exciting adventures that the duo embark on together are timeless.
This book will captivate the imagination of any 7-10 year olds who love adventure.
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CLIVE KING moved to the village of Ash in Kent when he was two, and this is the setting for STIG OF THE DUMP. Educated at Rochester and Cambridge, later in life he visited many countries of the world as a sailor and taught and lectured in several others. He became a full-time writer in London at the age of 49 and now lives with his family in Norfolk....More about Clive King
Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979) illustrated over 200 books and was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Tim All Alone. He was awarded the CBE in 1971....More about Edward Ardizzone