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Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates Hardcover – August 21, 2007


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Starred Review. 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-book–style 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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Captain Raptor
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; First Edition edition (August 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802795714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802795717
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.4 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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My 4 year old loved this and so did I.
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We've had it a week and a half and have read it about twice a day.
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Format: Hardcover
My son gets bored with most books. Yesterday I went to the library and asked for a book with rocket ships and action. The librarian brought out this book, and my son immediately snuggled into my lap to read with me. He loves books that have heroes and bad guys and that take place in space. Unfortunately, there are few such books for his age. He loved this one, and as I was reading at the library, another boy came over and looked over my shoulder as I read. The two boys almost came to blows over who would take the book home. My son "read" the book in his car seat on the way home, something he has only done with one other book, "The Magic Rocket." We will be getting the other Captain Raptor book, and I hope there are more in the series. Kudos to the author and illustrator for filling this niche and for getting my son excited about reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Becky J. Bias on December 26, 2009
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bought as a gift for boy aged 7 yrs. always a favorite to be checked out at the library.
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By Jimmy on January 13, 2011
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This is a very entertaining book, our boys (4 and 6) have loved these books for the past 3 years. There are 2 Captain Raptor Books, Moon of Mystery and Space Pirates. They are very entertaining to read to your little one, especially if you're into SciFi. We give these books for birthday parties. There is also "Once Upon a Motorcycle Dude" (about a warrior princess and a motorcycle dude), another great book for kids.
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By Sheri Y on January 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
My four year old son picked this book out at the library. We've had it a week and a half and have read it about twice a day. He now has it memorized and can "read" it back to us. He even acts out the characters with voices (how his dad reads it). Obviously, we have to purchase this one. For any kid interested in dinosaurs, space or pirates (and especially all three!), this book will be treasured.
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Format: Hardcover
My 3.5 year old loves both the Captain Raptor books. They're the first graphic novel-type books we've read him, and they've been a big hit. He pretends to be the characters, gets really caught up in the story... Just a good fit. We're just hoping there's a third on the way soon, before we go nuts reading both books, over and over, every night... Help a parent out! :)
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By Deb on July 5, 2014
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This was my nephews first "adventure" book. He loves dinosaurs and adventure so this was just perfect for him.
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Written in a traditional comic book style, Captain Raptor is filled will detailed pictures, excellent word choice, and many twists and turns. Very entertaining!
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