Greek / Greece
O proïstorikos zōgraphos (kai ena zerazaki)
(The prehistoric painter [and a little monster])
Tserolas, Panos (text)
Strutsē, Lela (Stroutsi, Lela) (illus.)
Athēna: Kedros, 2014. – 157 p. +  p.
Stone age – Cave painting – Love of animals
Astonishing finds in an impressively painted cave suggest that humans lived with non-human carnivores, which spurs on talented paleontologist Ioanna to use her knowledge and intuition to solve this unique riddle. After a leap in time, readers now meet little Grunt. Instead of letting himself be raised into a keen hunter as the son of a cave family, he’d rather collect berries, herbs or coal for his cave drawings. One day his father demands that he kill a sabre tooth tiger kitten. Instead he takes it secretly into his care, until one day the family must leave. Years later, Grunt finds his “little monster” again, who will accompany him as loyal friend for life. Panos Tserolas enhances the story with interesting facts. The warm light and shadowed nuances in Lela Strutsi’s illustrations underscore the emotionally compelling plot. (Age: 9+)