Reader Reviewed Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Stig of the Dump

Written by Clive King
Illustrated by Edward Ardizzone
Part of the A Puffin Book Series

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When Barney falls down the cliff of the chalk pit he lands in what might be a rubbish dump. But the dump turns out to be the home of Stig, a cave-boy who turns what he finds to good use. Stig and Barney have a series of wonderful adventures in Barney’s world from scaring Barney’s enemies to chasing away Granny’s burglars. And then, Barney finds himself back in Stig’s world for a special adventure set way back in the past.

Published in 1952 and yet as relevant today as it was then. It will captivate the imagination of 7+ year olds – in fact even the most reluctant reader will be hooked - great one for sharing too.


Puffin Fact! Stig of the Dump is set where Clive grew up in Ash, Kent, and where he spent his childhood building dens. The chalk pit where Clive imagined that Stig lived
is now part of a golf course. Download more Puffin Facts here!


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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. An enduring favourite with children for almost twenty years, this intriguing and humorous book tells the story of a friendship between modem Barney and Stig the Stone Age boy whom he finds living in the chalk pit. Each is strange to the other, very: but a wonderful understanding, based on curiosity and a respect for one another's skills, develops.

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  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 6 - 'I loved this book, it was exciting and I loved the characters.'  Read full review >
  • Brodie Greenslade, age 8 - 'I really liked Stig of the Dump for it was interesting, funny, cool, strange and amazingly good. So good, in fact, that I felt like I was there. I have read it twice now!' Read full review >


Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Barney is a solitary little boy, given to wandering off by himself. One day he is lying on the edge of a disused chalk-pit when it gives way and he lands in a sort of cave. Here he meets 'somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes' wearing a rabbit skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. Of course nobody believes Barney when he tells his family all about Stig, but for Barney cave-man Stig is totally real. They become great friends, learning each others ways and embarking on a series of unforgettable adventures.

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'I loved this book, it was exciting and I loved the characters.' Oliver Lonsdale, age 6

About the Author

Clive King

David Clive King was born in Richmond, Surrey, England in 1924 but spent most of his childhood in Ash, a small village some 30 miles from London on the Kentish North Downs, where he and his three brothers used to play in a disused chalk pit. He was a boarder at King's School, Rochester at a time when every boy expected to be called up for the armed services in World War Two, and he opted for the Navy. This gave him seagoing experience that took him to the Arctic, Australia and the Far East, where he witnessed the recent devastation of Hiroshima.

He returned with a post-war grant to Downing College, Cambridge, where he read English and Russian. The British Council offered him jobs, mostly concerned with teaching English, in Amsterdam, Belfast, Aleppo and Damascus, Beirut, Dhaka and Madras. Many of these places provided settings for the stories he was writing. In 1973, he became a full-time writer, heartened by the growing popularity of his third book, Stig of the Dump. He settled with his second wife in a marshman's cottage in Norfolk, which they converted. Their child, Emma, is growing up there and they ride their horses together. He now has seven grandchildren.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd July 2014




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