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Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery [NOOK Book]


The planet Jurassica is in an uproar. An unidentified flying object has crashed into the mysterious moon of Eon. This looks like a job for ...


... hero of a thousand space missions; champion of truth, justice, and dinosaurs in space throughout the galaxy!...
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The planet Jurassica is in an uproar. An unidentified flying object has crashed into the mysterious moon of Eon. This looks like a job for ...


... hero of a thousand space missions; champion of truth, justice, and dinosaurs in space throughout the galaxy!

If anyone can solve the terrible moon mystery, it's Captain Raptor and his fearless crew!
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-An action-packed science-fiction romp starring a cast of dinosaur characters. When a mysterious object lands on one of Jurassica's moons, Captain Raptor and his crew set out in their spaceship to investigate. After narrowly escaping several dangerous situations, they land on Eon's surface and discover that an unfamiliar vessel has crashed nearby. During a tense confrontation between the dinosaurs and the newcomers, the alien leader is suddenly swept away by a winged "pteraspikadon." Captain Raptor quickly engages his blastobooster, rockets into the sky, and saves him. After properly greeting the human visitors and helping them get under way, the crew returns to the Megatooth and heads out for another adventure. Presented in comic-book style, this story blends an eye-catching layout with a quick-moving plot, tongue-in-cheek humor, and an imaginative setting. The text has a melodramatic tone that suits the tale perfectly. While much of the watercolor and gouache artwork consists of sequenced rectangles, occasional single- and double-page paintings open out the format and highlight important moments. The dinosaurs, who wear funky-looking space gear and have an endless supply of gadgets, are a blast. The bespectacled Professor Angleoptorous is part beast and part robot, while toothy Captain Raptor, in his shiny and spiky armor, has a real hero's elan. Sci-fi fans and dinophiles will eat this book up, and it might also capture the interest of reluctant readers.-Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802736307
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/7/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 265,585
  • Age range: 11 - 9 Years
  • File size: 34 MB
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Meet the Author

KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Maryland.

Patrick O'Brien is the author and illustrator of nine books for children. Mr. O'Brien lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and son.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Perfect blend of old serial/comic adventure and modern scifi for the paleontologically inclined child

    Exquisitely drawn comic-style saga of a group of dinosaur heros borrows plot devices from '30s serials and mixes them in with Star Trek inspired plot devices (e.g. the mystery involves potentially dangerous "aliens" who look a lot like us) and wraps it in a Dinotopia-like setting. <BR/><BR/>It's a fast, fun read that my seven year old loves over and over. Too bad there are only two of these out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    One of my favorites!

    I am 8 and I love this book because I love dinosaurs. I think that it would be cool if we actually found dinosaurs on a planet. I can't wait to read more of these books!

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