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CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE MOON MYSTERY by Kevin O'Malley

CAPTAIN RAPTOR AND THE MOON MYSTERY

By Kevin O'Malley (Author) , Patrick O’Brien (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 8

Pub Date: March 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8027-8935-8
Publisher: Walker

Young readers drawn by the gloriously toothy dinosaur posing on the cover of this tongue-in-cheek space opera may be astonished to discover that he’s the episode’s hero. Dispatched from Planet Jurassica to investigate a mysterious crash on a nearby moon, intrepid Captain Raptor (as in velociraptor) and his scaly crew weather a host of dangers—repeatedly punctuated by variations on “Could this be the end of Captain Raptor?”—before coming to the rescue of a stranded set of small, tail-less mammalian aliens. O’Brien illustrates the nonstop action in graphic-novel style, filling variously shaped panels with detailed scenes of colorful dinosaurs in retro body armor working riveted control panels, creeping through a jungle and similarly appropriate activities. In the end, Captain Raptor bids farewell to the grateful travelers from Earth and blasts off for some space exploration of his own. Readers not yet up to James Gurney’s “Dinotopia” tales will roar with approval. (Picture book. 6-8)