Dinosaurs? AND pirates??
When we were invited to a performance of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-Upon-Thames there was much excitement in our household. At two and four, our children are slap-bang in the middle of the target demographic for anything pirate- or dinosaur-themed, and the books are among Austin’s favourites.
Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, the first book of a series, is a clever idea by Russell Ayto and Giles Adreae (who also dreamt up the Purple Ronnie series, which seemed to hold a monopoly on greetings cards and small gift books during the late 80s and 90s).
For those unfamiliar with the book’s plot, it features a group of small children who find a secret world at the back of their teacher, Miss Pye’s cupboard. In it, Flinn and his friends chance upon the hapless Captain Stubble, whose ship has been stolen by pirate dinosaurs. So the children step in to help Stubble recover his vessel. It’s a simple, age-old tale of youngsters finding a magical land, far from the influence of parents and teachers.