It was on Jackanory when I was little, I'm not sure what age that was aimed at. I think we had it read to our class when we were 7/8 so it is probably not too traumatic. Then again we were read Animal Farm aged 10, I'm not quite sure whether the teacher thought we would notice the Marxist/ Leninist satire driving the plot.
I've just read this to my children and am pondering the significance of the baby that Lou saves from the rock as it is lowered into place. Is it Stig? Did Lou and Barney go back in time to save Stig from being sacrificed? Any thoughts appreciated.
I don't remember its being traumatic. The TV adaptation (with Thomas Sangster) is very good but they change the ending in that (they portray Stig as someone who at some point fell through a timewarp, and at the end he goes back and is reunited with his family, which of course means leaving Barney) and that had DS in floods of tears. But I don't think any of that's in the book.
I don't recall finding it scary or traumatic at all, and I enjoyed being frightened as a child. Was more fascinated by the idea of a 'cave boy' living at the end of the garden. I was a bit older when I read it though (7 or 8)
I've got the audio tape from the library for the dcs for trip down to COrnwall. But ds (6) is a hugely sensitive, sentimental type and it's a while since I read it . Is he going to be quaking in terror/sobbing himself to sleep?