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Astrosaurs: Riddle Of The Raptors Paperback – 3 Feb 2005
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The first in a brilliantly funny new series starring the most intrepid dinosaurs you'll ever meet in space-
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BLAST OFF! Teggs is no ordinary dinosaur hes an ASTROSAUR! Captain of the amazing spaceship DSS Sauropod, he goes on dangerous missions and fights evil - along with his faithful crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy! When a greedy gang of meat-eating raptors raid the Sauropod and kidnap two top athletes, Teggs and his crew race to the rescue. But theres more to the raptors plot than meets the eye. Can Teggs solve their rascally riddle in time? Collect your very own Astrosaurs cards! Included in the back of each book. Also available: ASTROSAURS: THE HATCHING HORRORSee all Product description
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The series follows the space adventures of a troupe of vegetarian dinosaurs (they escaped the meteor hit 50 million years ago by leaving Earth in spaceships). Captain Teggs and his crew, Gypsy, Arx and Iggy are no ordinary dinosaurs - they are Astrosaurs! They fly through space in the Dinosaur Space Service starship, the DSS Sauropod, keeping the peace in the vegetarian sector of the Jurassic Quadrant. They also patrol the neutral VegMeat zone to defend against the inhabitants of the notorious Carnivore Sector. Plus they are explorers, who boldly go where no fern chewing reptile has boldly gone before.
This is the first book of the excellent series. In order the books are Riddle of the raptors, The hatching horror, The seas of doom, The mind swap menace, The skies of fear, The space ghosts, Day of the dino-driods, and The terror bird trap. More are due to be published this year.
In this book newly promoted Teggs and his crew are transporting the sector's top vegetarian athletes to the Great Dinosaur Games at Planet Olympus. Suddenly a Raptor Deathship appears and attacks the DSS Sauropod, and a Raptor boarding party kidnapps two of the best athletes. But there's more to the Raptors' plot than meets the eye, so can Captain Teggs solve their rascally riddle in time? Like the rest of the series, the book it is suitably tense in places for little ones.
They are best read in order. My son says "Like the other books it was cool, I liked the characters and the pictures (the reading books are filled many good line drawing illustrations). I also liked the cut-out cards at the front". I would think the books would suit any pre-teen boy older than four, who appreciates space travel (probably up to age 12). I also enjoyed reading them out loud. There are surprisingly few good books aimed squarely at young boys about, so highly recommended. Also try 'The tentacled terror' plus the 'Horrid Henry', 'Seriously silly stories', `The demon headmaster' and the US 'Captain Underpants' series of books.
Highly recommended sci-fi dinosaur series. I think most little boys (aged 5-9 or so) would enjoy these, either reading themselves (would suit readers in Year 2 or older; probably a bit much for most Year 1 children), or having it read to them.
I also highly recommend the Dinosaur Cove series; unlike astrosaurs (where the dinosaurs are sophisticated and advanced space-travelling creatures living far across the galaxy) these books are about dinosaurs as the animals we know and love - reached by 2 8 year old boys through a time portal in a cave. Both series will appeal to dinosaur-keen children.
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