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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Series: Captain Raptor
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802789358
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802789358
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 4–An action-packed science-fiction romp starring a cast of dinosaur characters. When a mysterious object lands on one of Jurassica's moons, Captain Raptor and his crew set out in their spaceship to investigate. After narrowly escaping several dangerous situations, they land on Eon's surface and discover that an unfamiliar vessel has crashed nearby. During a tense confrontation between the dinosaurs and the newcomers, the alien leader is suddenly swept away by a winged "pteraspikadon." Captain Raptor quickly engages his blastobooster, rockets into the sky, and saves him. After properly greeting the human visitors and helping them get under way, the crew returns to the Megatooth and heads out for another adventure. Presented in comic-book style, this story blends an eye-catching layout with a quick-moving plot, tongue-in-cheek humor, and an imaginative setting. The text has a melodramatic tone that suits the tale perfectly. While much of the watercolor and gouache artwork consists of sequenced rectangles, occasional single- and double-page paintings open out the format and highlight important moments. The dinosaurs, who wear funky-looking space gear and have an endless supply of gadgets, are a blast. The bespectacled Professor Angleoptorous is part beast and part robot, while toothy Captain Raptor, in his shiny and spiky armor, has a real hero's elan. Sci-fi fans and dinophiles will eat this book up, and it might also capture the interest of reluctant readers.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
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The planet Jurassica is in an uproar. An unidentified flying object has crashed into the mysterious moon of Eon. This looks like a job for ...

 

CAPTAIN RAPTOR!

 

... hero of a thousand space missions; champion of truth, justice, and dinosaurs in space throughout the galaxy!

 

If anyone can solve the terrible moon mystery, it's Captain Raptor and his fearless crew!

 

Kevin O'Malley is the author and illustrator of more books than he should ever have been allowed to publish. This is the first project in which he has only been the writer. He and Patrick O'Brien have been friends for years, but he still can't believe how many liberties Patrick took trying to revise his text.

 

Kevin O'Malley lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and two sons.

 

Patrick O'Brien is the author and illustrator of nine books for children. He dreamed up the concept of dinosaurs in spacesuits many years ago, but it was the irrepressibly zany mind of Kevin O'Malley that finally created the interstellar hero Captain Raptor. For his part, Patrick still can't believe how many liberties Kevin took trying to revise his illustrations.

 

Patrick O'Brien lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and son.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Illustrator Kevin O'Malley has written and illustrated a number of books, including "Little Buggy Runs Away" and the Miss Malarkey books by Judy Finchler. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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It is SO much fun.
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If you enjoyed comics as a kid or even an adult, this book is a great way to introduce the format to your little one!
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I had to read it to him three times in a row.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Piratecat on March 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My seven year old son thinks this is the best book he has ever read. Combining dinosaurs with space travel is such a great idea. The artwork from O'Brien is as good as it gets. His other nonfiction illustrated books for kids are also fantastic. We really enjoyed the story in Captain Raptor, we look forward to the next installment in his adventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I always thought that it was kind of neat that kids grow up liking dinosaurs and spaceships, "Jurassic Park" and "Star Wars" as it were, because it has them looking both towards the past (history is a good thing) and the future (the best is yet to come). In "Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery" author Kevin O'Malley and illustrator Patrick O'Brien combine both of those interests, so this book is going to have a basic appeal for a lot of young readers.

The story is set on the planet Jurassica, which is in an uproar (ha ha) because an unidentified flying object has crashed into the mysterious moon of eon. Obviously, this is a job for (insert fanfare here) Captain Raptor, the "hero of a thousand space missions; champion of truth justice, and dinosaurs in space throughout the galaxy." So Captain Raptor takes off in the USD "Megatooth," his massive spaceship along with his crew: navigator Threetoe, professor Angleoptorous, and Master Sergeant Brichthorous.

The story is told in something of a serial format, so that you get to cliffhangers every couple of pages ("Could this be the end of Captain Raptor and his brave crew?") but you only have to turn the page and not wait for next week's chapter. Then there is another big crisis ("Could THIS be the end of Captain Raptor and his fearless crew?"). There are even some underwater adventures, which is interesting for a book about dinosaurs in space. Plus the answer to the mystery should appeal to young readers as well.

O'Brien's illustrations are down using watercolor and gouache on paper and apparently it was his idea of putting dinosaurs in spacesuits. However, it was O'Malley who came up with the interstellar hero Captain Raptor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mojo Mama on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My five year old son LOVES this book. He's a HUGE Star Wars fan and adding dinosaurs into the space mix is a no fail combination for him. It's such an intelligent and original children's book--I just can't say enough about it. The book is written a bit like a comic book but much more readable for a younger crowd. It's such a fun read--I definitely don't have that "Oh boy, not THAT book again" feeling when he reaches for it for the 800th time. I hope this turns into a series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Tapley on January 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My 6yo son checked this book out from the school library. When he took it out of his backpack and I saw the title, I said "Wow. That looks fun."

Oh, my word. It is SO much fun.

He has asked for it as a bedtime story every night for the last two weeks. It's not the best for bedtime, though, because you'll find yourself using ACTION HERO VOICES and gesturing wildly.

When we had guests over for New Year's Eve, he grabbed it, and demanded that a friend's date read it to him. She did, and when she was done, she ran into the kitchen and said "That book is awesome!". This caused other adults to go and look at it, and everyone agreed that it was an absolute blast to read aloud.

We have to return it on Tuesday. I'm really hoping the school has the other book in the series. If not, my son may get them as an early birthday present (not that early...he turns 7 at the end of January).
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Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old loves dinosaurs and space so this book seemed like a no brainer. However, I was very surprised to see such sophisticated comic book style artwork in a book for children. The writing was cool because it will remind parents of the original Star Trek and that only makes it more fun to mimic the Trek cast and dazzle your child with "your" ingenuity.

At first I read the book in installments, every couple of pages has a cliffhanger like an episode of the live-action Batman series, so that we wouldn't be overwhelmed by the long story before naps. But he quickly caught on that the story would continue if he helped me turn the page. He immediately started requesting the story for almost every nap & bedtime placing this great book in his top 5.

Hope to see more from this author & artist!
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By S. Hanson on January 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
My 4 year old loves this book ever since his grandpa brought it home from the library. We have read it probably 100 times and he has the whole thing memorized! In this day and age when young children are exposed to way too much violence and fighting at a young age, this book provides an exciting adventure without that stuff....noone dies, even though there are "weapons" there is no violence, there is nothing too scary, and all the "dangerous" situations get resolved quickly. It's a witty book that is fun to read and has a great twist with the "aliens" being human. The two species are helpful and kind to each other. We love it. I sure hope Captain Raptor will have another adventure...the ending leaves the possibilities wide open! Well done!
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By Ben on June 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this book while I was babysitting, and it's among the coolest things I've ever seen. Dinosaurs in armour driving 50's style rocket ships, what could be better? The concept seems stupidly funny but still oddly intriguing. Not to be overly critical of a children's book, but the idea has lots more potential then this book uses, and the plot doesn't really go anywhere. But it's worth it for the gorgeous artwork, featuring surprisingly accurate dinosaurs (but it space). Recomended.
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