Early Readers,  Little Book,  Picture books

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

Giles Andreae
When Flinn discovers a pirate hiding in the school supply closet, it’s all aboard, me hearties, for a real live pirate adventure! Captain Stubble needs Flinn’s help to find his stolen ship, but there are some mean pirate dinosaurs on the loose, and Flinn and his friends soon sail into trouble….Will fearless Flinn be able to captain the ship and defeat the pirate dinosaurs?
Like most children, my daughter is fascinated by both dinosaurs and pirates so a book that has ‘Pirate Dinosaurs’ was certain to catch her eye! Along with, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Missing Treasure and Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Magic Cutlass this book made up the Story Treasure Chest compilation.
All three books start off with Flinn and his friends at school or on a school trip when, through natural curiosity they get warped into a world where Pirate Dinosaurs rule the seas bullying the rather wimpy human Pirates and planning to eat them on a barbeque with far too much tomato ketchup. This is where they (the human pirates) then require the help of the very brave Flinn and his friends.
These books are very well done, you can’t help but put on your best Pirate voice whilst you sing a shanty or loudly ‘ROAR’ when the Tyrannosauraus Rex makes an entrance (which, after months of reading still makes my daughter jump in delighted terror!). The narrative and comic style illustrations are witty and engaging and potentially ‘darker’ than your average younger childs book, but deliciously so.
Verdict: A delightful and amusing read that you won’t mind reading again and again, let alone your children!
Reviewed by Karen

Publisher: Puffin Pictures
Publication Date: May 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book
Age: Early Readers
Reviewer: Karen
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: N/A

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