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Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery Hardcover – March 1, 2005


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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: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #795,315 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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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!
M. Grabowsky
The story holds up to many, many readings and is told with humor and just enough suspence to keep my boys (4 & 6) rivetted without being really scared.
Carolyn Diana
Written in a traditional comic book style, Captain Raptor is filled will detailed pictures, excellent word choice, and many twists and turns.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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 Amazon Customer 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
I picked up Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery at our local library thinking it might interest our six-year-old son. That was two days ago, and we have now read this book at least ten times, either us reading it to him, or him reading it to himself. He can't get enough of it! And we really don't mind reading it. It is brilliantly written and illustrated in graphic novel/picture book form, able to entertain all of us enough for the frequent readings. Written in the style of the old-time, suspenseful action comics ("Could this be the end of Caption Raptor?") complete with "Zap" and "Ka-boom", this book is wildly entertaining and fun for read-aloud time. Captain Raptor, a space dinosaur, is a strong hero figure that the reader loves to root for. Told from the point-of-view of the dinosaurs, who later meet strange aliens (humans), this book is great for teaching perspective, as well as teaching good values - helping one another. I am grateful to O'Malley and O'Brien for creating the dinosaur-science fiction-hero-adventurer-good guy, a brilliant combination that is an obvious hit with many kids. I see there's another Captain Raptor book out there; I plan on buying both and hope this will evolve into a lengthy series so we can enjoy many more Captain Raptor stories. Cleverly written and beautifully illustrated in watercoler and gouache, this book should be a part of every adventure-loving child's library.
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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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