Caveman: A B. C. Story

Janee Trasler. Sterling, $14.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4027-7119-4
In an abecedarian romp told with a single word for each letter, an acorn incites a mad dash between members of the prehistoric food-chain: squirrel chases acorn; caveman (who could be Jerry Garcia's distant ancestor) chases squirrel; bear chases caveman, and a dopey dinosaur looks like the top predator—but is really a softie. "Ice" introduces a new episode, in which the caveman tries to free a purple animal from a block of ice ("Jump" "Kick"). After the caveman inadvertently discovers the "X-Ray" (via lightning strike) and gets knocked out, a tearful lick from the dinosaur awakens him ("Yay!"). Trasler's slapstick cartoons offer a fun, irreverent take on prehistory. Ages 3–5. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 07/11/2011
Release date: 08/01/2011
Board Books - 24 pages - 978-1-4549-0869-2
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