Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

While not the first book in the series, Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto’s Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Missing Treasure is both wonderfully bizarre, and, for a certain age group, compulsively readable — though quite likely you should check out the original Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs too. School Library Journal: “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… 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.” Exclamations like “And I’ll eat you with TOO MUCH KETCHUP!” certainly don’t hamper the enjoyment, either, though wary parents need note that insults such as “dastardly dunderheads” and “nasty noodle-brained nincompoops” might cause complaints at preschool, should your child manage to say them. Giggle factor: high. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: four jelly jars, plus extra peanuts for the awesome snakes and ladders game at the end.

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~ by kaychubbuck on December 26, 2010.

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