"Each night, the cave people, known as “Cavers” lit a big fire in the centre of the cave to cook their supper. After supper, they gathered around the fire to talk about what happened in the day and tell stories."

A series of short, light-hearted tales about the adventures of our ancestors, this book introduces us to a small tribe of cavemen, delighting in the awe-inspiring world around them. From odd newcomers to mysterious creatures, they encounter adventure and friendship at every turn. One of these new friends is a character named Stinkfoot—a massive creature, both furry and friendly, who is welcomed into the tribe of the Cavers... after a thorough bath, of course. Overjoyed with his newfound companions, and grateful for an end to his loneliness, Stinkfoot saves the Cavers from a Purple People Eater, as well as a dangerous crop of giant snapdragons who, in Greenwood’s telling, can deliver painful bites to the unsuspecting passerby.

This whimsical story also touches on the discovery of the horse, soon to be one of mankind’s most trusted companions, and the origin of constructed homes, made possible through friendship with another local tribe. As for the dragons referenced in the title, that myth is born of an exciting, and subsequently embellished, encounter with a towering, apple-loving dinosaur. The result is the fanciful, fire-breathing monster of ancient lore.

Greenwood’s work is full of life and whimsy, accompanied by colorful drawings that further the playful tone. Reading more like a compilation of vignettes, as opposed to a single narrative, this work depicts the Cavers in a series of imaginative exploits certain to delight children. However, there are significant grammar and punctuation issues throughout the text, which can, at times, be distracting. That said, the overall story is deeply heartwarming, touching on themes of inclusion, friendship, and creativity that will both entertain and expand young minds.

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