The first title in best-selling author Steve Cole's brilliantly funny, exciting ASTROSAURS series starring the most intrepid dinosaurs you'll ever meet in space. NOW WITH A FRESH, EXCITING NEW COVER LOOK!
Born in 1971, Steve Cole spent a happy childhood in rural Bedfordshire being loud and aspiring to amuse. He liked books, and so went to the University of East Anglia to read more of them. Later on he started writing them too, with titles ranging from pre-school poetry to Young Adult thrillers (with more TV and film tie-ins than he cares to admit to along the way). In other careers he has been the editor of Noddy magazine, the voice of a Dalek and an editor of fiction and nonfiction book titles for various publishers.
Gr 3-5-It turns out that dinosaurs, despite their itty-bitty brains, weren't so stupid after all. They managed to escape the Earth in spaceships long before the meteors hit, and now travel among the stars of the Jurassic Quadrant, exploring new worlds, fighting evil, and generally enacting every space-opera clich? ever invented. In book one, readers are introduced to the crew of the DSS Sauropod. Their mission: to bring some of the top Vegetarian Sector athletes to the Great Dinosaur Games. However, the evil meat-eating velociraptors, led by the noxious General Loki, kidnap the two stegoceras athletes who are favored to the win the Head-Butting competition. Captain Teggs and his crew easily rescue the stegoceras-too easily, they soon realize. General Loki has an even more nefarious plot up his sleeve. Will the crew of the Sauropod figure this out in time and stop the kindly vegetarian dinosaurs from being destroyed? Of course they will. Dinosaurs and spaceships that run on dinosaur dung-what's not to love? Okay, the fact that all the meat-eaters are bad and all the vegetarians are good is a little problematic. But the goofy line drawings, fast-paced plot, and general silliness should entice more than a few reluctant readers.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Setting the Astrosaurs series in wacky motion is this caper that is-literally and otherwise-out there. Though small-brained, the title dinosaurs were smart enough to escape into space before a meteor allegedly struck Earth, and have settled on planets in the Jurassic Quadrant. Astrosaurs are "heroic herbivores" tapped to work for the Dinosaur Space Service to "fight evil and protect the innocent!" Teggs Stegosaur, named captain of a new spaceship, the DSS Sauropod, gets his first mission: to deliver the Vegetarian Sector's top athletes to the Great Dinosaur Games, "the biggest space sports contest ever." Yet obstacles abound. After blowing a hole in the Sauropod, evil carnivore raptors kidnap two of Teggs's passengers-lead contenders in the head-butting competition. When Teggs delivers the ransom and retrieves the athletes, it finally looks like smooth sailing ahead. But no! The villains have planted bombs in the head butters' skulls, which will explode if they collide. Cole injects some comical banter, such as when Teggs growls to his raptor enemy, "I'm not ready to become a stego-burger just yet.... it'll take more than a couple of corny carnivores like you to take my ship!" Corny is the operative word here. Zany black-and-white cartoons, large type, plenty of spot art and a simple story line make this fitting fare for reluctant readers, especially those with a fondness for dinosaurs-and silliness. More fun is in store with The Hatching Horror (0-689-87842-7), due out the same month. Ages 8-12. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Who can resist the mix of dinosaurs and space? * The Sunday Times
Steve Cole has captured the attention of dinosaur-loving children with this super series of books . . . Exciting and funny, this series is bound to be a hit with budding young readers * South Wales Argus *
With black and white illustrations to break up the text, this funny, fast moving story should attract young readers, especially boys, and keep them turning the pages. Then, if they're really hooked, they've got the rest of the series to read too * wordpool.co.uk *