Two versions (regular and elementary) present and use a visual-mnemonic approach to learning and retaining vocabulary words. The original book was written mainly to help students quickly learn hundreds of words for the SAT (and other) tests using these proven memory techniques. Each of the 290 words is featured on its own digest-sized spread. The word is given, linked with a rhyming or similar-sounding word, then presented in an unusual cartoon with a memorable caption. Studies have shown that a more bizarre or unusual "picture" or mnemonic will increase retention while more common ones do not merit our brain's attention. So the "vocabutoons" presented here are slightly absurd (though not ridiculous) and definitely memorable. A caption underneath includes the main word and link in a witty and fitting sentence. Beneath this are two or more sentences using the vocabulary word in meaningful context. A review after every ten pages (matching and fill in the blank exercises) tests recall. SAT Word Power was revised and updated in 2007.
If you like this approach, a sequel, Vocabulary Cartoons II has 290 additional words to learn. This book has been revised and updated and features the same word difficulty as Vocabulary Cartoons I. The elementary version of the book presents 210 vocabulary words for the elementary set in the same format. While you may not be able to "Learn a Word a Minute" as the cover proclaims, this approach should definitely speed up the process and aid long-term retention.