From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4—Fans of Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery
(Walker, 2005) will welcome this new adventure and clamor for more. Here, the captain and his crew must track down the space pirates who have raided the Imperial Palace and stolen planet Jurassica's jewels. Blasting off on the Megatooth
, they follow the pirate vessel's ion trail through space. The pirates fire tons of molten lead at their starship, which lands hard on a barren moon. There, Captain Raptor discovers a mysterious castaway who fixes their shattered plutonic servoscope, but is Bloody Bart Scalawag—with a hook for a hand and a pirate's salty vocabulary—friend or foe? This graphic novel comes alive with O'Brien's watercolor and gouache illustrations. The action moves quickly in small frames dense with realistic dinosaurs in armor and the inner workings of spaceships. Dramatic chase and battle scenes are depicted in full-page illustrations or full-bleed spreads. The writing is melodramatic and true to form with frequent cliff-hangers ("Could this
be the end of Captain Raptor?"), sound effects ("BLAM! BLAM! BOOM!"), and key phrases in bold typeface. Few readers—reluctant or otherwise—will be able to resist this clever mix of dinosaurs, pirates, and science fiction.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Captain Raptor, who appeared most recently in Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery (2005) returns, this time on a mission to save his home planet from raiding space pirates. The Captain is aided by Scalawag, the deposed captain of the pirates, who later betrays Raptor and his crew. Things look bleak, especially since Raptor's spaceship lacks the firepower to take on the pirates. Raptor, however, is ready with tricks of his own, and he sends the pirates to jail at the story's end. The plot is thin; what stands out are the comic-bookstyle illustrations, which place dinosaurs into outer space. Some young readers may reject this flight of fancy, but many will find the combination of scaly skin, huge teeth, elaborate spaceships, and explosions on nearly every page completely irresistible. A sure hit with dino/sf fans and an undoubted draw for reluctant readers. Morning, Todd