The Stone Age Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths by Marcia Williams
  

Synopsis

The Stone Age Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths by Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams brings the Stone Age to life in her much-loved comic strip style. Join Marcia Williams on a journey to the Stone Age. Meet the people of Clan Woolly as they hunt mammoths and reindeer, learn how to make fire, invent stone tools and turn wild wolves into tame dogs! Full of facts, jokes and colourful comic strips, this is the perfect introduction to the Stone Age - a time before history was even invented!

Reviews

[...] Marcia Williams has an innovative way of combining fact and fiction. [...] The playfulness with history, the comic caricatures with speech bubbles, the talking animals, the cute mammoths, the silly jokes (Neanderthal speech is written backwards for instance), the gore and the grunge all help impart information in the most entertaining way. Williams's trademark medium had proved fantastically popular in distilling Greek myths, Shakespeare's plays, Chaucer's Tales, the Iliad and the Odyssey, as well as Romans, Tudors and Ancient Egyptians. She is not afraid to take bug subjects and have fun. The Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week Rich with information in text and illustration, this book is a hugely imaginative achievement. Books for Keeps It provides enough information to be useful do the topic support but the heavy use of illustration and comic storytelling also make it a really fun and enjoyable read. [...] This is absolutely ideal for Stone Age curriculum work as it works on so many different levels and within a classroom setting it could be enjoyed by pupils of differing reading ages simultaneously. The illustrations are charming, amusing and also informative, while the text is split into such small blocks and speech bubbles that it would help support less confident readers. Overall it is a delight and one of the most enjoyable books I have read on this topic. The School Librarian

About the Author

Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams' mother was a writer and her father was a playwright and theatre director. She spent the early part of her life in Canton, Hong Kong, Nigeria and the Middle East with her mother and diplomat stepfather. She loved books from an early age and remembers being read to almost every night; "I would often be scared, especially by fairy tales, but I never wanted the stories to end." She went to boarding school in Sussex, from where she sent weekly illustrated letters to her parents overseas.

Marcia didn't receive any formal art training. She calls herself "an obsessive illustrator. I've just always done it. I never consciously thought: that's what I want to do." She had a number of jobs, including nursery teacher, which is when she developed her taste for story-telling to young children; "I learnt what they found accessible and what they enjoyed." Giving up teaching to paint, she studied watercolour at Richmond College and held some successful local exhibitions before a friend suggested that she took her work to show Walker Books.

Marcia lives in London and has two grown-up children and three grandchildren, one extra-large dog and a cat.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Marcia Williams
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Author's Website

www.marciawilliams.co.uk/

Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd November 2016

ISBN

9781406370836


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