Catching the Speedy Thief by Rex Stone

Catching the Speedy Thief

Written by Rex Stone
Illustrated by Mike Spoor

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Exciting adventures in this easy to read series about two boys and the dangerous dinosaurs they encounter – especially the deadly Tyrannosaurus Rex. Jamie’s dad is opening a dinosaur museum in Dinosaur Cove. Jamie expects to find some fossils but never expects to find any dinosaurs alive. After all, they’ve been extinct for years, haven’t they? Soon Jamie and his new friend Tom find themselves desperate to avoid the deadly creatures. Loads of dinosaur fact boxes support the stories making them a useful mine of information too.

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Catching the Speedy Thief by Rex Stone

Welcome to the Cretaceous! It's a wild and dangerous place but it's too awesome to resist! So Jamie and Tom set off to the Cretaceous again by stepping in the fossilized footprints in their secret smugglers' cave. They decide to try some crabbing and manage to catch a real-life prehistoric crab. But as the boys inspect the amazing creature a sneaky velociraptor runs up and grabs the Fossil Finder. Disaster! The boys have to get it back - if they don't, then future scientists might find a fossilized Fossil Finder and that could mess up the whole of dinosaur science! The chase is underway - through a valley of geysers spurting boiling water - and on to the velociraptor's lair...

This is the fifth book in the hugely popular Dinosaur Cove series which has now sold over a million copies. This new edition includes a set of Cretaceous collector cards.

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What every dinosaur-mad child has been waiting for - a young fiction series that really knows its Tyrannosaurus from its Triceratops. The Guardian

About the Author

Rex Stone is the pseudonym used by Working Partners, the creators of Rainbow Magic and other successful series like Animal Ark.

Illustrator Mike Spoor grew up in Northumberland and it was during holidays to the Lake District with his grandparents that he first found a love for drawing. After attending Art College and working as a landscape architect Mike trained as a teacher. He moved to Australia and spent his time flying all over the country to run ceramics workshops. Now, after swapping ceramics for illustration, Mike is back in England and has illustrated many hundreds of books. He considers himself a craftsman rather than a ‘serious’ artist because he is best at drawing scratchy unfinished humorous ideas.

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128 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

4th July 2013




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