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Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: Bad to the Bones (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-04-12 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 11 user ratings
ISBN:0385388411
LANGUAGE:English

" Is this the end for Lucy & Andy?! " said.

"Number three in this graphic novel series for younger readers, Brown tells the story of a group of young kids (all Neanderthals) experience life during this more primitive time though the kids act fairly similar to modern day kids (so it will be easy for readers to relate). The black and write graphic narrative is interrupted at times by two modern day paleontologists explaining information to support what is happening to the Neanderthals. I actually find the informational interruptions more interesting than the narrative. There are also interesting informational end pages. It is an accessible chapter book and a good series to get the right kid hooked on (previews of other texts included.)" said.

"This humorous yet informative prehistoric graphic novel series concludes with Lucy and Andy discovering huge bones and continuing their friendship with the humans with whom they briefly shared cave space. They also must deal with trickery from a trio of unsavory characters intent on taking advantage of their youth and innocence. Richard and Andy continue to argue with each other, and Lucy has plans to grow a garden but does so by planting the vegetables and not the seeds. In between the prehistoric scenes, Pam and Eric provide historical context and scientific facts about evolution. No matter the age, readers will surely pick up information they didn't already know about life long ago. Middle graders and even some fourth and fifth graders are sure to enjoy this title. " said.

"In this third volume of the series, Lucy and Andy create a new club with their friends, learn about hunting, and start a garden. Readers who are not familiar with the characters will learn about the previous volumes in the short introductory section. The story is broken down into chapters, which is unusual for a graphic novel. The black and white cartoon art is simple to the point of being unimpressive, especially considering that the humor is not very funny. The author’s interjections of history and science are jarring and do not flow well with the rest of the book. Students in grades 3-5 who are looking for a new graphic novel series, especially those who enjoy history, may be intrigued by Lucy & Andy Neanderthal." said.

"The third and final book in Brown’s Neanderthal graphic novel series focuses again on situations that actual cavemen might have encountered, with an emphasis on similarities between then and now. The first scene, for instance, is a familiar one, with Lucy and Andy telling their mom that they’re bored, followed by her telling them to go play outside. Family and friend dynamics center a lot on sibling rivalry as well as Andy’s annoyance with his human frenemy, Richard. Tension is introduced as a sketchy band of three hunters keeps popping up in an ambiguously threatening manner. Between episodes, two modern day paleontologists cut in to reveal facts about Neanderthals to readers. I like that the final episode shows the two larger clans showing compassion for the smaller band of hunters despite how weird they have behaved. Throughout the series, personalities remain well-defined, and characters behave consistently. This is a nice mix of humor, science, history, and imagination." said.

"Still love how accessible this series makes science and history and how the author takes the time, in the end, to explain what is fact and what is fiction, however, he does allude to the fact that this might be the end of the series and I would agree. I'd love to see him do the same concept with a different point in time. The characters are a tad overplayed and there have been so many new characters added that it's a little hard to keep them straight. Quit while your ahead Jeffrey Brown, because these books are great where they are at!" said.

" Is this the end for Lucy & Andy?! " said.

"Number three in this graphic novel series for younger readers, Brown tells the story of a group of young kids (all Neanderthals) experience life during this more primitive time though the kids act fairly similar to modern day kids (so it will be easy for readers to relate). The black and write graphic narrative is interrupted at times by two modern day paleontologists explaining information to support what is happening to the Neanderthals. I actually find the informational interruptions more interesting than the narrative. There are also interesting informational end pages. It is an accessible chapter book and a good series to get the right kid hooked on (previews of other texts included.)" said.

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