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Pirasaurs! Hardcover – August 30, 2016
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K-Gr 2—What could be better than a tale of treasure and pirates at sea? Dinosaurs swabbing the decks. To the rhythm of rhyming verse, a young recruit struggles to master the tasks of a simple sailor under the tyrannical rule of Captain Rex on a ship steered by Bronto Beard, navigated by the sharp-eyed Velocimate, and served daily meals prepared by Triceracook. Unfortunately, there's a traitor on board—an underhanded pterosaur on flight from another ship, leading them blindly into ambush. Only the smallest pirasaur can see a solution to help both crews find the treasure coveted by each. Angular and toothily aggressive depictions of the pirasaur crew bring the digital cartoons to life. Shadows over a treasure map emphasize the minute hero as he nervously points to the X that marks treasure, while strong profiles of crew members catch the eye. Young readers may test their knowledge of dinosaurs and pirate traditions to identify a crew member or create the next zany pirasaur adventure on the high seas. VERDICT A rip-roaring read-aloud for storytime or small group sharing.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
"Funk (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast) handles this mashup with just the right combination of swagger and heart; his succinct, bouncy text should inspire rollicking read-alouds. Slack's (Race Car Count) richly textured digital artwork may, in this context, bring to mind images painted on a ship's deck. -- Publishers Weekly
Praise for Josh Funk
"When I was a kid my best friend was Josh Funk. I think he's about to become a friend to a whole new generation of kids." - B.J. Novak, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller The Book with No Pictures
Praise for Michael Slack's Elecopter
"The author of Monkey Truck (Holt, 2011) takes his characters to the skies with the highly versatile and helpful Elecopter, an elephant blessed with the main rotor, tail rotor, and landing skids of a helicopter." -- School Library Journal
"Ahh! The cuteness! It blinds! Well, that's what you get when you take a rotund, big-eyed baby elephant, give her landing gear and helicopter blades, and send her into the savanna to save animals. Kids will instinctively get it and probably love it." -- Booklist
"Giggle-inducing humor and nail-biting action..." -- Publishers Weekly
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I have seen some great teaching aids for this book such as discussing predictions and what each dinosaur/pirate's job is.
You and your kids will love this!
The sing-song nature of the story lends to easy reading and a catchy rhythm. The swash-buckling crew of Pirasaurs are an entertaining lot, especially through the eyes of the newest, smallest “mate.” Readers join the crew on an adventure for buried treasure, but learn they’ve been deceived and into a trap. The narrator figures out a solution, but must assert himself to stop a duel between gangs and show them all the power of teamwork. A lesson is learned and the rewards are grand!
The illustrations are cheery and colorful, bringing this rag-tag gang to life. They play a significant role in revealing the betrayal and perpetrator to the reader. Each page has vivid scenes that enhance the book and add to the enjoyment of reading it.
Children of all ages will enjoy the laugh out loud moments as they learn about Pirasaur specialty.
Written by Josh Funk, illustrated by Michael Slack and published by Orchard Books.
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