Pirasaurs! illus. by Michael H. Slack. 40p. Scholastic/Orchard. Sept. 2016. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780545750493.
K-Gr 2—What could be better than a tale of treasure and pirates at sea? Dinosaurs swabbing the decks. To the rhythm of rhyming verse, a young recruit struggles to master the tasks of a simple sailor under the tyrannical rule of Captain Rex on a ship steered by Bronto Beard, navigated by the sharp-eyed Velocimate, and served daily meals prepared by Triceracook. Unfortunately, there's a traitor on board—an underhanded pterosaur on flight from another ship, leading them blindly into ambush. Only the smallest pirasaur can see a solution to help both crews find the treasure coveted by each. Angular and toothily aggressive depictions of the pirasaur crew bring the digital cartoons to life. Shadows over a treasure map emphasize the minute hero as he nervously points to the X that marks treasure, while strong profiles of crew members catch the eye. Young readers may test their knowledge of dinosaurs and pirate traditions to identify a crew member or create the next zany pirasaur adventure on the high seas.
VERDICT A rip-roaring read-aloud for storytime or small group sharing.

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