Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe

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9780060266134: Captain Pajamas: Defender of the Universe

Brian's Techno-Robotic-Alien-Communicator light is flashing! The aliens are on their way. Brian must save his annoying older sister and the entire universe. But how can one small boy defend the entire planet from being overtaken by aliens? By transforming into . . . CAPTAIN PAJAMAS, Defender of the Universe!

Will Brian be able to save his sister and capture the alien invaders? And what does his trusty dog, Shadow, have to do with it all? Find out in this hilarious comic book style-story that will have all young superheroes rolling on the floor with laughter.

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About the Author:

Bruce Whatley  is one of Australia's most highly regarded and talented authors and illustrators for children, both here and internationally. Bruce started his working life in advertising as an art director and illustrator and since then he has created over 60 picture books.  Many of his books have won awards both in Australia and overseas, including The Ugliest Dog in the World, Looking for Crabs, Tails from Grandad’s Attic and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase

Bruce has co-written a number of award-winning books with his wife Rosie Smith (Whatley’s Quest, Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase and Little White Dogs Can’t Jump) and his son Ben Smith Whatley (Zoobots).

In 2002 Bruce paired with author Jackie French and illustrated Diary of a Wombat – an iconic picture book that has become an international best-seller with foreign sales to nine territories.  Diary of Wombat was the start of an extraordinary artistic collaboration that sparked the publication of Pete the Sheep, Josephine Wants to Dance, Shaggy Gully Times, Baby Wombat’s Week, Christmas Wombat and Wombat Goes to School. Plus two delightful books about Queen Victoria, being Queen Victoria’s Underpants and Queen Victoria’s Christmas.

 One of the most remarkable aspects of Bruce’s talent is the breadth of his artistic ability, which includes an appealing cartoon style to realistic representations using mediums ranging from coloured pencils, watercolour, acrylic and oils, and more recently, 3D digital software. 

And accompanying that talent is an intellectual depth and curiosity that sees Bruce taking on large and complex projects, such as The Beach They Called Gallipoli, which is being co-created with Jackie French and will be published in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of WW1.

In 2008 Bruce completed his PhD titled Left Hand Right Hand: implications of ambidextrous image making. In his thesis Bruce looked at the image making of the non-dominant hand, making the fascinating discovery that in most people the ability to draw lies in the use of the ‘other’ hand.



Bruce Whatley  is one of Australia's most highly regarded and talented authors and illustrators for children, both here and internationally. Bruce started his working life in advertising as an art director and illustrator and since then he has created over 60 picture books.  Many of his books have won awards both in Australia and overseas, including The Ugliest Dog in the World, Looking for Crabs, Tails from Grandad’s Attic and Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase

Bruce has co-written a number of award-winning books with his wife Rosie Smith (Whatley’s Quest, Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase and Little White Dogs Can’t Jump) and his son Ben Smith Whatley (Zoobots).

In 2002 Bruce paired with author Jackie French and illustrated Diary of a Wombat – an iconic picture book that has become an international best-seller with foreign sales to nine territories.  Diary of Wombat was the start of an extraordinary artistic collaboration that sparked the publication of Pete the Sheep, Josephine Wants to Dance, Shaggy Gully Times, Baby Wombat’s Week, Christmas Wombat and Wombat Goes to School. Plus two delightful books about Queen Victoria, being Queen Victoria’s Underpants and Queen Victoria’s Christmas.

 One of the most remarkable aspects of Bruce’s talent is the breadth of his artistic ability, which includes an appealing cartoon style to realistic representations using mediums ranging from coloured pencils, watercolour, acrylic and oils, and more recently, 3D digital software. 

And accompanying that talent is an intellectual depth and curiosity that sees Bruce taking on large and complex projects, such as The Beach They Called Gallipoli, which is being co-created with Jackie French and will be published in 2014 to coincide with the centenary of WW1.

In 2008 Bruce completed his PhD titled Left Hand Right Hand: implications of ambidextrous image making. In his thesis Bruce looked at the image making of the non-dominant hand, making the fascinating discovery that in most people the ability to draw lies in the use of the ‘other’ hand.



Bruce Whatley and Rosie Smith are the authors of many popular and award-winning books, including Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase and Whatley's Quest. They live with their children, Ben and Ellyn, in Australia.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 1-4-An alien, a superhero, an older sister, and plenty of sound effects come together, along with a trusty, drooling dog, to create a winning picture book with lots of kid appeal. One night when he hears strange noises, Brian turns into Captain Pajamas, Defender of the Universe, complete with mask and cape, and attempts to save his sister. Jessie, however, simply wants to go back to bed, and as they explore the source of the sounds together, it appears that it is his dog, Shadow, causing the ruckus. Despite the flashing light on his "Remote-Control, Techno-Robotic, Alien Communicator," Brian eventually abandons his quest and goes back to bed. Children will delight in the surprise ending on the last page when a pizza-munching, TV-watching, green alien is shown lying happily beside Jessie in bed. Told in a moment-by-moment, first-person narrative and illustrated with bright, action-packed, humorous drawings resembling enlarged comic-book frames, this book will be hard to keep on the shelf. As in any good comic, the pictures carry the story, but the text is strategically placed so that together they make a satisfying package. A good read-aloud that would also work well with older reluctant readers.
Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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