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Friday 22 February 2019

Review: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

Go find a pirate hat and come along with Flinn on an exciting adventure in  Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto.

While reading this book you will fall into a fabulously paced story, that promises to entertain.

Flinn and his friends discover a blubbering Captain Stubble in the art supplies cupboard. As they promise to help him, they fall into the pirate world.

They pursue the stolen ship, Acorn, across the seas and discover that the pirates are dinosaurs. Flinn uses his cutlass in the battle to reclaim Stubble's ship.

Will Flinn save the day or will he be cut into pirate sausages?

Andreae's story is sprinkled with humour and excitement. The words rolls off the tongue with ease. The flow of the story builds the tension. While the changes in the text size and style helps readers to tell the story with copious amounts of expression.

Ayto's illustrations depict great emotion and action in the story. At times the pace is emphasised by the change in illustration size. There are close up illustrations that use double page spreads, showing the distraught Captain Stubble. A low angle view shows characters falling into the pirate world. And one illustration uses a half-section view to show the activity inside of the pirate ship.

Please join Flinn and his friends, in Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs and unleash your imagination, where both pirates and dinosaurs can exist at the same time.

Or perhaps go on other adventures with Andreae in Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs: Smugglers Bay or Commotion in the Ocean or find your confidence alongside Be Brave Little Penguin.

For another adventure with Ayto see his story Henry and the Yeti.

Title: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Russell Ayto
Publisher: Puffin Books, $16.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2006
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780140569216
For ages: 3 - 7
Type: Picture Book