PIRASAURS! by Josh Funk

PIRASAURS!

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A small dinosaur earns the respect of a scaly crew of dino-pirates with a clever bit of conflict resolution.

Slack’s pictures are busy with glowering, crocodile-toothed dinos of diverse hue in full piratical regalia, and it’s a good thing, as they add much-needed wind to the sails of Funk’s lubberly, exclamation-mark–laden verse: “With lots to learn, / I’ve got to earn / The crew’s respect and trust,” the would-be swabbie confides. “I’ll rise in rank or / Walk the plank… / I hope I can adjust!” Frantic efforts to do any shipboard task competently fail—sometimes in ways that serve meter and rhyme over actual sense: “I scrub and brush in such a rush / She throws me overboard!” Still, when half of a torn treasure map leads to an island dust-up with a rival crew of pirasaurs clutching the other half, a suggestion to share map and loot makes his “dream to join the team” come true at last: “This crew and I are linked. / With gems, doubloons, and silver spoons / We’ll never go extinct!”

Prehistoric pirates are always worth a play, as is the peaceable theme, but such amateurish writing merits only the old heave-ho. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 30th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-545-75049-3
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2016




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