Dino Wars: Rise of the Raptors
(Dino Wars #1)
Written by Dan Metcalf
Illustrated by Aaron Blecha
Published by Maverick Arts Press
Publication date: 28th April 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
3142 AD. Humanity is on the verge of extinction after genetically engineered dinosaurs reclaimed the planet during the Dino Wars. Adam Caine lives in the secluded city of Bastion with other human survivors and peace-loving herbivores. When an old biological weapon that threatens all dinosaur life is activated, Adam knows it is down to him to stop it. With the help of his sister Chloe and best friend Dag, a tech-savvy Iguanadon. Adam must find four Dilotron crystals before time runs out.
Dino Wars is an action-packed series for those that love a bit of adventure with light-hearted humour too. With fun illustrations and a quirky layout, this will keep children engaged while touching on important issues such as diversity, friendship and never giving up.
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They walked in silence for some time, Chloe only occasionally pausing to check the map. The sound of Dag’s machinery and the soft thud of his large feet on the ground beneath was the only noise. An hour in, Adam broke the silence.
“So…we’re on a quest to save the world?” he said.
“Yup, ” said Dag.
“Just your average Tuesday then…”
This would be a great book for any dinosaur-mad 7+ year olds who like a bit of adventure with some minor peril and a great sense of humour.
Adam is an interesting protagonist – he is brave and excited to go on an adventure but he also has a habit of jumping into situations without fully thinking through the consequences. These traits kick-start the crisis which he then has to resolve as he inadvertently triggers the imminent release of a biological weapon that will wipe out all dinosaur life on their planet, even the peace-loving herbivores who live alongside the humans in their settlements. Oh dear…
Off he goes to try to stop this happening, accompanied by his sister, two young friends who have been orphaned and his best friend who just happens to be an Iguanadon! Dag is probably one of my favourite characters so far so I really hope that we get to see more of him in the next books (this is the first in a four book series).
To stop the release of the biological weapons, our ragtag heroes must collect four energy crystals from around their world, no small task in a post-apocalyptic landscape where people live in barricaded settlements. The first crystal is in their own village, Bastion, therefore no problem. The second crystal, however, hands around the neck of a power-crazed carnivorous dinosaur. Can they get the crystal and get out alive?
An exciting start to a new adventure series, sure to be appreciated by any dino-mad children out there!
I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this to review and it will now be making its way into my book corner where it is sure to be devoured by my pupils.
We will be looking forward to the next book!
See more of the illustrations on Aaron Blecha’s site here.
What I liked: Dag and Adam’s friendship, the determination of their group as they face and overcome obstacles. Dinosaurs are always good! The fast pace of the story also felt quite exciting and kept me turning the pages as quickly as I could.
Even better if: I imagine that the fact pace will be popular with younger readers but, as an adult reader, I had lots of questions about the world they’re in – I want to know more! This would be a great springboard for discussion in the classroom as there is space for children to fill in the spaces with their own imagination, possible creating their own Dino Cities…
How you could use it in your classroom: This would be a great read-aloud or could be recommended to children who have previously enjoyed Beast Quest or something similar. Some of the themes in the book (such as friendship, resilience etc) could be drawn out with extracts used to kick-start discussions or other activities in PSHE. As mentioned above, this would be great for sparking creative discussions or writing work. In age 7+ classrooms this will spend very little time in your book corner as it will be so popular.
(Thank you to Maverick Arts Press for my advance review copy)
Thanks to the publisher, I also have a few copies of this fun series-starter to give away!
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