Lucy & Andy Neanderthal by Jeffery Brown (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2016)
Synopsis: For fans of the New York Times bestselling Jedi Academy books comes a hilarious new graphic novel series about two young cave kids living 40,000 years ago.
The laugh-out-loud adventure features Lucy and her goofball brother Andy, as the duo take on a wandering baby sibling, bossy teens, cave paintings, and a mammoth hunt. But what will happen when they encounter a group of humans?
Humorous and entertaining, Jeffrey Brown’s signature comical touch enlivens the scientific and historical content, including a special paleontologist section that helps to dispel common Neanderthal myths.
A short review, because this book doesn't really have enough substance to write a full blown review.
3.5 / 5
I really wanted to like this book from the moment that I saw it at BEA and I can say that for the most part I actually did. Don't hate me, I know that this had to be somewhat educational for younger readers, but there are two characters (the archeologists) who interrupt at the end of every chapter that just began to get on my last nerve. THE AUTHOR DEVOTED MORE THAN 20 PAGES TO THEM AT THE END and all I really wanted in those final pages were the characters that I liked from the story (mainly Tiny because he is the cutest thing on the planet).
Sure, it is a good children's book and I really want to read more, but I wish it was three things:
1. Funnier – seemed to be humorless, but I know that there can be humor in there somewhere.
2. More Action – more hunts rather than focusing on daily life????
3. Less Educational - wow. that sounds bad, but it is what I believe. (dump the archeologist characters).