Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

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When Flinn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn's help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose, and Flinn and his friends soon sail into trouble....Will fearless Flinn be able to captain the ship and defeat the pirate dinosaurs?

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Overview

When Flinn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it's all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn's help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose, and Flinn and his friends soon sail into trouble....Will fearless Flinn be able to captain the ship and defeat the pirate dinosaurs?

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School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This imaginary adventure combines a boy's two passions-pirates and prehistoric animals. Flinn's markers run out while he is drawing a dinosaur at school and he goes to the supply closet to get more. There he discovers a sobbing pirate who explains that his ship has been stolen. Along with three friends, Flinn vows to help Captain Stubble retake the Acorn. The closet wall falls away, revealing a bright blue day and a scrappy-looking vessel. The children don pirate garb and Captain Stubble, who prefers to be the cook, puts Flinn in charge. They discover that the Acorn has been taken over by fierce, pirate dinosaurs, and a great battle ensues. All of the creatures jump overboard--except for the Tyrannosaurus rex. Flinn crosses swords with the frightening beast until it finally surrenders. Then it is time to return to school and the children step back through the closet and into the classroom where everyone is wondering where they have been. Ayto's watercolor-and-ink illustrations are angular, bold, and lively. The pirate dinosaurs-complete with eye patches and pointy weapons-are a curious combination of ferocious and precious. They look very much like Flinn's drawing. The fast-paced action and vibrant artwork make this tale a fun and exciting read-aloud.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
While drawing dinosaurs at school, Flinn discovers he doesn't have enough markers. He goes into the closet and discovers Captain Stubble crying over the loss of his ship The Acorn to some mysterious Yo-ho-ho-ers. Flinn volunteers to help, as do his friends from class. They are transported to a ship and set off in search of The Acorn only to find it overrun with dinosaur pirates. The pirate diplodocus, stegosaurus, triceratops and pterodactyl are easily dispatched, but the evil Captain Tyrannosaurus Rex fights on. After a lengthy sword battle, Flinn prevails. He returns the ship to Captain Stubble and reappears in the back of the supply closet with his friends just in time for lunch. Ayto's wild watercolor-and-ink illustrations of boldly colored backgrounds and exaggerated perspectives are a shot in the arm to Andreae's slightly sedate tale. The pirate theme, the riotous art and the jagged-toothed, drooling dinosaurs will make this a sure hit with Me Hardies of all stripes. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416907138
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Series: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 389,722
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.75 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Giles Andreae is the author of several children's books, including the best-selling Giraffes Can't Dance, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, and is also the creator of Purple Ronnie, one of the most successfully licensed cartoon characters in his native England. Giles lives with his wife and three children in Notting Hill, England.

Russell Ayto earned his degree in graphics at Exeter College of Art and Design in England. He has illustrated several award-winning picture books, such as The Witch's Children and the Queen by Ursula Jones, which won the Gold Smarties Prize in 2003, and Quacky Quack-Quack! by Ian Whybrow. Russell lives with his wife and three children in Penzance, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2006

    A 'must-have' for all preschoolers!

    We love this book! It is full of adventure, full of beautiful and neat illustrations and full of excitement! It is very creatively written and gets your child's imagination working! What preschooler does not love pirates and dinosaurs?!?!? This book was a big hit for our 3 1/2 year old and his preschool class was glued to the pages as I read it to them! Giles Andreae is an excellent author and we love his books! Definitely a must have for all little boys and girls who love adventure!

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