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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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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

Publishers Weekly
Jurassic Park meets Star Trek meets Captain Nemo in this sci-fi comic about high-tech dinosaurs, which balances tongue-in-cheek cheesiness and earnest enthusiasm. After "a flash of light races across the sky and disappears on the dark side of Eon," Planet Jurassica's "most mysterious moon," Captain Raptor (yes, the veloci-kind, wearing body armor) goes to investigate. He and his reptilian sidekicks, including the brainy half-robot Professor Angleoptorous, rocket to Eon in their sleek silver spaceship, the Megatooth. They crash-land in the ocean and withstand an attack by a giant octopus, vanquish their foe and emerge topside, where they encounter a laser-gun-toting team of human astronauts. Meticulously drawn panels chronicle the adventure, with rectangular inserts providing edge-of-the-seat exposition and hearty dialogue. O'Brien's (Fantastic Flights) naturalistic watercolors parody museum murals of dinosaurs, while his outer-space images recall the pulp covers of sixties sci-fi novels. O'Malley (Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude, reviewed Feb. 21) gamely alternates between hysteria-tinged suspense ("Could this be the end of Captain Raptor?") and gallantry ("Onward to the stars!"), with plenty of time out for pyrotechnics. Derivative though it is, this outrageous yarn will please the Dinotopia crowd. Ages 5-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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This reviewer has been a children's book author and reviewer for more than a decade. During that time, I have read, skimmed, and otherwise browsed through hundreds of children's books. Of all those titles, few match the imagination, wit, charm, and abject brilliance of this one. Indeed, when I read this book to my young son for the first time, his reaction is the best review of all: "Wow Daddy! Let's read it again." In his book, the author takes us to the far-off planet Jurassica. As its name suggests, the planet's inhabitants are dinosaurs who have evolved to possess human-like intelligence. Jurassica's president orders the book's hero, Captain Raptor, and his intrepid crew, to blast-off and investigate a mystery on Eon, their planet's moon. Along the way, we encounter all manner of inventive gadgets that would do Star Trek proud. On Eon, Captain Raptor meets an all-human "alien" space crew, in a wonderful twist of evolutionary irony. The quick-paced, delightful story is perfectly complemented by the book's bright, well-conceived illustrations. Not only is this title's prose ideally suited for young dinosaur lovers, the book would not be nearly so attractive without the illustrator's uncanny knack for matching pictures to words. This book is a winner and will no doubt be among the first selected off library shelves by early dinosaur and science fiction fans alike. 2005, Walker Publishing Co, Ages 5 to 10.
—Bruce Adelson, J.D.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802789358
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2005
  • Edition description: Ages 5-10
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 787,190
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.85 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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 Baltimore, Maryland.



Patrick O'Brien is the author and illustrator of nine books for children. He dreamed up the concept of dinosaurs in spacesuits many years ago, but it was the irrepressibly zany mind of Kevin O'Malley that finally created the interstellar hero Captain Raptor. For his part, Patrick still can't believe how many liberties Kevin took trying to revise his illustrations.

Patrick 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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