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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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“* An action-packed science-fiction romp starring a cast of dinosaur characters. . . . Sci-fi fans and dinophiles will eat this book up, and it might also capture the interest of reluctant readers.” ―School Library Journal, starred review

“Jurassic Park meets Star Trek meets Captain Nemo in this sci-fi comic about high-tech dinosaurs.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Dinosaurs in space will lead to giggles for young readers.” ―BCCB

“* Few readers-reluctant or otherwise-will be able to resist this clever mix of dinosaurs, pirates, and science fiction.” ―School Library Journal, starred review on CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE SPACE PIRATES

“A sure hit with dino/sf fans and an undoubted draw for reluctant readers.” ―Booklist on CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE SPACE PIRATES

“O'Malley and O'Brien have way too much fun here, and the Captain's legions of fans will, too.” ―Kirkus Reviews on CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE SPACE PIRATES

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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lawrance 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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I ordered this book because it was praised on Twitter as a great children's book. My grandson, age "almost-five!", loved it. My grandson does not like overly scary stories. (For example, in a different book about a mermaid, when Ursula the Sea-Witch stirs the ocean, he has to leave the room.). This book, and the follow up about space pirate,s suited him very nicely. The artwork is better than almost everything else out there. Get it!
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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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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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This is one of our favorite books! After checking it out multiple times from the library we decided this was one we just had to own. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed. 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. Our favorite parts are the cliffhanger pages that end with Captain Raptor in peril and the question "Is this the end of Captain Raptor?" My boys shout NO! as we turn the page to see his exciting escape from danger.
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This book and the sequel, Captain Raptor and the Space Pirates, are my 6-year old son's favorite books ever. Combining dinosaurs and space makes it just magical for him, and the books are top-notch in execution. The artwork is really good, and adults will get a kick out of the 1940's adventure serial style. These are books that the kids will go back to over and over.
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My son found this book at the library last fall and kept it so long I finally decided to buy our own copy. Dinosaur Super heroes saving the world from bad guys - Every little boy's dream! It was his first introduction to the "comic book style" and it really kept him entranced.
I highly recommend this book for young readers. It is well done and very fun.
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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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