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Cover Art: Pirasaurs!
Pirasaurs!
By Josh Funk
Illustrated by Michael Slack
Orchard Books, 2016, ISBN 978-0-545-75049-3, US $14.99 / CAN $19.99

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Captain Rex, Bronto Beard, Triceracook, and Velocimate tower over the little pirasaur, but that doesn’t dissuade the youngster from wanting to earn their respect and join their ranks. His does his best, even though his efforts sometimes have disastrous results. They sail to an island in search of treasure, and the little pirasaur’s job is to find the X that marks the spot – a simple task unless you’re small and new. Not far away a rival dino crew lurks, and before long the pirasaurs are fighting for their lives. Who comes to their rescue? The little pirasaur with a suggestion to make all the pirasaurs happy.

Why no one ever thought to combine pirates and dinosaurs – two favorites of all children – is a mystery, but Funk and Slack weave their magic to create pirasaurs who rule the seas. This scurvy crew is a mix of male and female pirates, and both author and illustrator have infused these characters with great piratitude! The rhyming story captivates young pirates and begs them to participate in the telling. The illustrations are vibrant and wonderful. The little pirate is adorable and young pirates will readily identify with him (or her). While I’m not certain how their ship stays afloat, Pirasaurs! is a delight to read and sure to be a piratical favorite.

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