Captain Flinn and The Pirate Dinosaurs Missing Treasure: Giles Andreae & Russell Ayto
(Puffin Books, 2007)
This is one of a series of books following Captain Flinn (a boy), his friends (boys and girls – yay!) and their encounters with the ferocious Pirate Dinosaurs. Pirates and Dinosaurs? Genius!
In this story, Flinn and his classmates are visiting a museum (museums – yay!) when they hear that some real pirate treasure has been stolen from an exhibit. The intrepid crew follow clues and are thrust onto a pirate ship and into the clutches of the scary pirate dinosaurs…
Actually, these dinosaurs really are pretty scary with their spiky teeth and pirate paraphernalia (fantastic!) but they’re no match for Flinn and friends so all ends happily after a few shocks and scares…
And don’t think we’ve forgotten
That this pirate’s rather rotten
So let’s barbecue his bottom
With some spicy chicken wings!
The book is written in prose but Andreae’s wonderful rhyming does get a look-in too – being a child at heart I love the barbecued bottom line. Coupled with Russell Ayto’s crazy illustrations this is a fabulously silly and fun book to read.
MG and DG aren’t so into pirates and dinosaurs (DG had a big pirate phase, but not really dinosaurs) so this book doesn’t go into their hit list otherwise I’d have bought the whole set. I think it’s great fun and most dinosaur and pirate loving kids are bound to love it too.