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Captain Raptor and the Moon Mystery

O'Malley, Kevin (Author)
O'Brien, Patrick (Illustrator)
Bloomsbury 2005. 32 pages
First published: 2005
ISBN: 9780802789358 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

A streak of light is seen racing across the sky above the planet Jurassica. Captain Raptor is sent to their planet’s most mysterious moon, Eon, to investigate. Aboard the mighty spaceship Megatooth, the Captain and his crew encounter a series of obstacles. Hit by lighting, they slam into the sea where they are chased by a deadly giant octopus. They trek through jungles and encounter human “aliens” whose ship has crashed, stranding them on Eon. With the help of Captain Raptor, their Interstellar Drive is replaced and all is set back on course.

This science fiction comic book takes on the tropes of the genre, including a melodramatic narrator who frequently interjects the action with: “Could this be the end of Captain Raptor?” Text is filled with dramatic dialogue as the Megatooth runs into trouble: “Captain, I’m detecting a strange energy signal from an object on the seafloor. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen.”

Unique retro-style watercolours have a 1940s pulp fiction feel, using detailed colour panels to depict the dinosaur heroes and their adventures. Filmic cutaways, from close-ups of the panicked crew to the nose of the Megatooth plunging into the sea, add to the drama and drive the action forward.

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    Examine the cover features, especially the title, drawings and layout. Discuss what makes it a successful book cover. Make connections between this and other book covers, posters or advertisements.

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    Look at the two-page spread when Captain Raptor meets the aliens. Create speech bubbles for the characters. Draw an alternate continuation to the story.

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    Captain Raptor saves the aliens and provides them with the means to get home. Discuss with a partner why it is important to be generous kind to others.

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    In a graphic organizer, describe the elements of the story: characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution.

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    Examine the cover. Does it remind you of book covers or movie posters you have seen before? What can you say about the characters featured on the cover? What about the setting?

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    Create a graphic organizer and describe each of the story elements: characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution.

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    Set up a Reader’s Theatre with classmates. Why is the narrator essential to the story?

  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use creativity
  • Science and Technology