Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Missing Treasure!

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SHIVER ME TIMBERS!

The treasure of pirate Rufus Rumblebelly has disappeared form the museum!

Luckily, captain Flinn eagerly takes the helm and heads to Bag o' Bones Island. . .only to be met by a rogue gang of pirate dinosaurs with swords at the ready! Flinn and his friends may be able to triumph, but are they prepared to face the fierce, frightening, and most ...

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Overview

SHIVER ME TIMBERS!

The treasure of pirate Rufus Rumblebelly has disappeared form the museum!

Luckily, captain Flinn eagerly takes the helm and heads to Bag o' Bones Island. . .only to be met by a rogue gang of pirate dinosaurs with swords at the ready! Flinn and his friends may be able to triumph, but are they prepared to face the fierce, frightening, and most terrifying-looking pirate GIGANOTOSAURUS?

Climb aboard for this rambunctious follow-up to the successful Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
"Yo Ho Ho! Bag of Bones Island Here We Go!" A small boy named Flinn loves dinosaurs. When he learns that his teacher is going to take the class on a field trip to the museum to see dinosaur bones, Flinn is ecstatic. After arriving at the museum, his class is told about a robbery that happened just the night before, and about the dinosaur named Giganotosaurus who is more ferocious than Tyrannosaurus rex! The story takes Pearl, Violet, Tom, and Flinn on a journey to catch the thieves. On their quest, they fall into the cabin of the pirate Gordon Gurgleguts who they learn is the thief. After the treasure is stolen from him, the children decide to help find the treasure and return it to the museum. They set off to the island of Bag of Bones to find the treasure, but after arriving, they run into danger. The island is filled with pirate dinosaurs. Of course they meet the fierce Tyrannosaurus rex and his cousin Giganotosaurus. Now what? Will they get back with the treasure to the museum? Will anyone believe them? This is a great book for small boys. The vocabulary is colorful to say the least. Words like ferocious, peculiar, dastardly dunderheads, and nasty noodle-brained nincompoops add much to the story. After finishing the book, the reader is treated to a game board on the inside back cover with directions for planning Snakes and Ladders. Of course the first to reach the pirates treasure is the winner. Great book! Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Young Flinn the dinosaur lover returns for a class trip to the museum. The boy is amazed by the skeleton of the ferocious Giganotosaurus, but becomes especially intrigued by the mysterious disappearance of one of the museum's other displays-the pirate treasure of Captain Rufus Rumblebelly. Flinn and his friends follow a trail of clues (overlooked by the museum staff, of course) to a dusty cupboard, which leads to the cabin of Rumblebelly's ship. Here they find the pirate's grandson tied up, having recently been robbed himself by singing pirate dinosaurs en route to Bag o' Bones Island. Captain Flinn takes the helm and eventually recovers the treasure from pirate Giganotosaurus, who is deathly afraid of the spider dangling from Flinn's hat. Ayto's childlike yet masterful mixed-media paintings of spiky-haired Flinn, the rotund pirate, and a fanciful cast of dinosaurs will keep audiences glued to the page. As in Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (S & S, 2005), the theme here is the beauty of a good imagination. Andreae pulls off another rousing tale for any young person who loves to dream big.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Kirkus Reviews
The creators of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (2005) again chuck lots of promising elements together-evidently in hopes that they'll assemble themselves into an exciting, or at least coherent, yarn. They don't. Shortly after pausing in awe before the huge skeleton of a Giganotosaurus on a class trip to the museum, Flinn and friends fall through a wardrobe-er, closet and find themselves aboard a ship heading for Bag O' Bones Island, where they fight scaly pirates to recover a treasure stolen from the aforementioned museum. Enter Giganotosaurus at the climax, as a towering pirate who hardly gets to roar before he's reduced to jelly by the sight of a tiny spider. Ayto illustrates the sketchy plot with frenzied cartoon collages featuring lots of big teeth, jumbled action and a ship that looks like a fugitive from a Monty Python animation. Young readers will give this a perfunctory once-over at best; set them instead on a course for the more seaworthy likes of Deb Lund's Dinosailors (2003), illustrated by Howard Fine. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416967453
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Series: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 525,962
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.98 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.47 (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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