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This is the first book in Steve Cole's excellent 'Astrosaur' excellent series, which now totals 23 books. This book is the UK 2010 edition and has been reprinted with new cover artwork, but otherwise it's identical to the old cover version. There's still the nice book illustrations every few pages, and the 'free cards' in the front with pictures of the crew and so on that the kids can remove and collect. The books are aimed at 7 to 9 year olds, and once hooked at 9 kids will probably read them until about 12.

My son is dyslexic and isn't very good at reading, so I read these Astrosaurs books to him at bedtime. He really enjoyed them and so we bought all of the Astrosaurs series to encourage him to like books as much as his Playstation, TV and DVD's (that didn't work but the only book he ever read cover to cover himself was an Astrosaurs one). We are Dr Who, StarWars, Dinotopia, and Jimmy Neutron fans and you get the boys top favourite (dinosaurs) thrown in as well. The only problem with them is that Steve Cole can't write them quick enough - and the SciFi content of the stories is improving with each new book. To quote Amanda Craig, writing in the Times, these books are "the kind of inspired, hysterically silly fantasy that boys adore".

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.

In this 'Riddle of the Raptors' 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, but never that scary for under tens. This Astrosaurs book is also available in the Astrosaurs ten book set.

The books 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 five, who appreciates space travel. I also enjoyed reading them out loud. There are surprisingly few good books aimed squarely at young boys about, so highly recommended. Also look out for the newer 'Astrosaurs Academy' series (eight books with Teggs et al as youngsters in 'Star fleet' School), and the time travelling 'Cows in Action' (CIA) series. As a preteen my son also liked 'Attack of the Tentacled Terror', 'Horrid Henry', 'Seriously Silly Stories: The Collection', and the US 'Captain Underpants' series of books, however it's these Astrosaurs books he holds in the highest affection.
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on 24 February 2012
...then get these books!!!!!

My son is a very reluctant reader (always has been) but these books have him asking to go to bed early to read them!!!

Funny, clever and exciting stories for ages 7+

(The illustrations arent great to be honest, but thats what imagination is for!)
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VINE VOICEon 11 August 2013
Moving on from Astrosaurs Academy and continuing the adventures with young Teggs my eight year old insisted these books were a birthday must have.
He now loves these.
The series satisfies a combination of collecting as well as consolidating early reading skills.
Each book is a stand alone read but also part of a series.
Steve Cole writes in a way that makes kids want to read more.
Can't give higher praise.
Next please.
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on 11 December 2015
I specifically ordered this book based on the image shown as it states that free collectors cards are included but on arrival this was not the case. Amazon are giving me a refund. If you are not interested in the cards then you should be fine.
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on 17 February 2015
Have previously had trouble keeping my son interested in fiction books - these are the perfect combination for him being a lover of space and dinosaurs - he can't wait to find out what happens next! Highly recommended!!
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on 1 November 2012
Bought this book for my eight year old son. He loves the story and has been pestering me to buy some more. The story features the trials and tribulations of the dinosour gang and features some great words and phrasing to stretch the free reader. Would highly recommend for active fun loving boys.
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on 3 February 2015
I great book to get for kids I really enjoyed reading it. I think Steve Cole writes some brilliant books like the cows in action and astrosaurs. There all ways a happy ending. There short good books that don't take long to read which I find useful. The whole series is incredibly amazing. I say you should read all of them. 5.5stars
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on 15 October 2012
Review of Astrosaurs

The book Astrosaurs was first published in 2005. It was written by Steve Cole and it was illustrated by Charlie Fowkes. It is a sort of adventure type book.

The characters are all dinosaurs. The main character is Captain Teggs. He is the brave character of the story. He is the captain of `Astrosaurs' and of `DDS Sauropod' (Dinosaur Space Service). Gipsy is a `stripy hadrosaur' and is Tegg's communications officer. Sog is a professor of the crew. Arx Orano is Tegg's intelligent triceratops first officer. He checks over the Sauropod's systems and data. Iggy Tooth is the tough `iguanodon engineer'. He would make stronger the ship's engines.

The story is set in a planet called `Odo Minor'. Teggs wants plateosaurus life to live on or otherwise, they could become extinct. There are a few eggs and two plateosaurus's left of their species. Teggs and his crew want to take the plateosaurus to a planet called `Platus Two'. But they find out that the planet is something else and is a very big surprise for them.

I think the book was alright because it was interesting but it is aimed at 7-12 years in my opinion. I think kids would tend to like it.

Overall I would recommend young people and kids to buy it because it's about dinosaurs and kids like creative animals.
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on 24 June 2013
Steve Cole knows how to write for kids. He can relate to children with great stories and instills a love of books which is so important for children
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on 14 December 2015
My 8 year old son loves these books. I think once you've read one you've read them all, but if its gets him reading then that's good enough for me.
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