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Friday, 11 October 2019

Review: The Caveman Next Door


Penny lives in a normal street, but things change a little when a caveman moves in next door.

The caveman is different, that’s plain to see, so Penny tries to help him fit into the neighbourhood a little better.

Penny takes the caveman to the library, on the bus and to the park. But the caveman doesn’t fit in anywhere. He doesn’t understand the rules and people get mad. 

The caveman is too different. He doesn’t belong. 

But when Penny discovers the caveman has some special talents of his own, she finds a place where he can be himself and get the respect he deserves.

The Caveman Next Door is a story about inclusion and empathy — about looking at things from another person’s perspective and not making judgements about them.

It is also fun, silly, zany and hilarious — filled to the brim with funny scenes that will have the kids rolling around with giggles.

Tom Tinn-Disbury’s illustrations are so fun and quirky. They are detailed and intricate, and there are hidden gems to explore and discover on every page (watch out for the curious pigeon throughout the book!). 

This is definitely a book to go slowly with — to chat about the characters and what they are doing and feeling, and to explore the engaging illustrations for funny characters and hidden jokes.

Tinn-Disbury delivers in this funny picture book that touches on such relevant and important issues (in total disguise, I might add), and I’m really looking forward to his next release.

Title: The Caveman Next Door
Author/Illustrator: Tom Tinn-Disbury
Publisher: New Frontier, $24.99 
Publication Date: 1 October 2019
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN:  9781925594850
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book


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