Book Description from Barnes & Noble:
“Everyone’s favorite time-travelers are changing their styles! The Time Warp Trio series now features a brand-new, eye-catching design, sure to appeal to longtime fans, and those new to Jon Scieszka’s wacky brand of humor.
When Joe, Fred, and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, they find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards, and the Knights of the Round Table.”
It is Joe’s birthday, and his uncle sent him an odd present- a magical looking book. Indeed it is magic. It transports the three friends back to King Arthur’s time where they will battle a giant and a dragon. Most important of all, if they live, they must find a way back home.
I was looking for another funny series to read aloud with my daughter and ever since reading Science Verse and Squids will be Squids, I am a Jon Scieszka fan. Since each book in the series takes place in a different historical setting, I thought it would be interesting.
The story is short and humorous. The boys initially have a little trouble deciphering Old English and their encounter with the Black Knight is reminiscent of Monty Python and the Holy Grail– “None shall pass!” My favorite part:
“This is like the Stone Age. Those guys at the banquet last night hadn’t even heard of TV.”
“Gosh, what a surprise,” I said. “Considering that TV won’t be invented for another thousand years or so.”
“A thousand years?! I can’t live without TV for a thousand years,” said Fred.
Since the three main characters are boys, and there are some really disgustingly gross parts in the book, I am guessing the audience for this series consists of boys. However, my daughter thought it was hilarious. While it is below her reading level, it is still just a funny and light read that is perfect for bedtime.
Reviewed by Christina