Rating: 4 out of 5 stars, Genre: Fiction, Pages: 80, Level: Easy
“Summertime. No more classes. No more books. No more… even getting near a book. At least that was Fred, Sam, and Joe’s original plan.
Too bad someone stuck the summer reading list inside The Book. Now our trip finds themselves in Hoboken with a 266-pound chicken, Peter Rabbit, the Headless Horseman, and every other character from every book on the summer reading list.
Can the guys find The Book? Foil the diabolical plan of evil characters? Get everyone back in their own book? The only thing that’s certain in the Time Warp Trio’s strangest adventure yet is what some kids have always known: summer reading can be a real killer.”
The seventh installment is a bit different from its predecessors in that while it takes us to a real place, Hoboken, the characters are imaginary, brought to life by The Book. One of the boys leaves their summer reading list in the book and suddenly, they are transported to Hoboken and discover that all the characters from their summer reading list have come to life and are running all around town. Unfortunately, the bad characters have all banded together, are gathering up all the goody goody characters, and plan on killing them. The evil headquarters? The library of course. Joe, Fred and Sam must find their way into the library and locate The Book if they are to save the good characters, send everyone back to their own book, and get back home to enjoy the summer.
You will notice I gave this episode 4 stars. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, it is a book about books, sort of. Anyway, I find that amusing. Second, the idea behind the story is hilarious.
I don’t think I am spoiling anything here when I say that the evil overlord of the whole plan is a teddy bear. If you happened to look at the cover, I’m sure you figured that out beforehand. If not, maybe you should begin checking out the cover first from now on.
Also, it’s kind of funny to see the characters interacting with those from other books:
“I see it, but I don’t believe it,” whispered Sam. “That’s Mrs. Twit tying up Mary Poppins and Encyclopedia Brown.”
“That’s Frankenstein holding Pippi Longstocking,” I breathed.
George and Martha, Dracula, Long John Silver, Homer Price, Headless Horseman, Winnie-the-Pooh, Harold, Frog and Toad, Charlotte, Peter Rabbit and many, many more. This just scratches the surface.
The one major critique I have about this book is that I wish it had been longer. This one could have had a story twice as long and still been so entertaining. Regardless, it is another good read aloud book as well as a quick and entertaining read.
Reviewed by Christina
If you enjoyed The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy by Jon Scieszka, you may also enjoy:
Time Warp Trio #1: Knights of the Kitchen Table, Time Warp Trio #2: The Not-So-Jolly Roger, Time Warp Trio #3: The Good, the Bad and the Goofy, Time Warp Trio #4: Your Mother Was a Neanderthal, Time Warp Trio #5: 2095 and Time Warp Trio #6: Tut Tut by Jon Scieszka