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Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery by Kevin O'Malley
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Mar 21, 12

bookshelves: children-s-literature
Read in March, 2012

Two talented artists plus one rockin’ outer space dinosaur crew equals a whole heck of a lot of fun. Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery is sure to entertain its intended audience of young boys aged preschool to early elementary (N,P). Kevin O’Malley and Patrick O’Brien have teamed up to create a picture book sized graphic novel that is pure action. The text, presented in dialogue boxes, tells the story of Captain Raptor and his crew as they venture to the dark side of Eon to investigate a strange flash of light. The book is great fun for a read aloud, with lots of text features such as bold print, oversized letters and enough onomatopoeia to fill a Batman episode. Kids will delight in responding to the repeated phrase “Could this be the end of Captain Raptor…?” O’Brien’s illustrations are simply amazing. The watercolor paintings vary in size to best suit the accompanying text. The colors are slightly muted earth tones and the dinosaurs are expressive without being cartoonish. The landscapes are richly detailed, with just the right balance between reality and fantasy. Oh, and pay special attention to that handsome Captain Storm—remind you of anyone? Definitely a fun filled book for kids, parents and teachers alike.
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