caveman

Caveman, A.B.C. Story by Janee Trasler

Take a prehistoric trip through the alphabet in this funny picture book!  This book tells the story of a caveman’s adventures solely through pictures and a few alphabetical words.  It starts with an acorn that both the caveman and a squirrel are after.  They are scared by a bear into a cave where a dinosaur was living.  A bit later, the caveman makes friends with an odd little creature who had been trapped in some ice.  Unfortunately, the big green dinosaur appears again and chases them around, forcing them to leap onto vines and swing away.  But the book can’t end before one final uproarious slapstick moment which leads all the way too the Zzzz at the end.

This story is told only in 26 words, so that means that the illustrations are what really make this book work so well.  Filled with a zany cartoon style, the pictures are action-filled and great fun.  The huge green dinosaur may pursue the caveman in the book, but readers will notice the rounded teeth and the big smile long before the caveman does.

A fast-paced and funny alphabet book that will do well with young dinosaur fans.  Appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from library copy.

Also reviewed on Jen Robinson’s Book Page.