Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci (The Time Warp Trio Series #14)

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You probably know that Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Didyou know that he also invented an early version of a helicopter and a tank, and that he planned to execute the Time Warp Trio for spying on his inventions? Sam's bright idea to look for the inventor of the Book takes the guys to 15th century Italy to meet up with Leonardo. But it's going to take at least three more bright ideas, two magic tricks, and one great invention to get them out of trouble and safely back home. If not, it could be a ...

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Overview

You probably know that Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa. Didyou know that he also invented an early version of a helicopter and a tank, and that he planned to execute the Time Warp Trio for spying on his inventions? Sam's bright idea to look for the inventor of the Book takes the guys to 15th century Italy to meet up with Leonardo. But it's going to take at least three more bright ideas, two magic tricks, and one great invention to get them out of trouble and safely back home. If not, it could be a lifetime of Italian army toilet-cleaning detail for Joe, Sam, and Fred.

In their latest time travel adventure, Fred, Joe, and Sam da Brooklyn meet Leonardo da Vinci and try to avoid becoming toilet scrubbers in a sixteenth-century Italian army.

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Thanks to The Da Vinci Code, people know all sorts of things, real and hypothesized, about Leonardo da Vinci. But did you know that he planned to execute the Time Warp Trio for spying on his secret inventions? Neither did we until we read the 14th episode in Jon Scieszka's mind-bending, consciousness-expanding adventure series.
Children's Literature
Dialogue filled with preteen banter makes this mixed genre story a speedy read. Scieszka's characters have a playground mentality, and McCauley's drawings reveal the text like the doodles of a sixth grade inventor. There is a lot more fiction than history in this tale of three Brooklyn friends who are experienced time travelers. Joe, Fred, and Sam are in search of Leonardo da Vinci in the early 16th century. They believe he can finally explain the warps in time and space. The inventive process is an important message here. Genius flows mostly from necessity, and Leonardo's ideas come from simple observations in the everyday world. As in all the "Time Warp Trio" stories, the key is a simple notebook with a swirling green mist. In the end, it is the boys who inspire completion of Leonardo's Man in the Universe, and the inventor denies a connection to the mysteries of their notebook. 2004, Viking/Penguin Group, Ages 9 to 12.
—Tina Dybvik
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142404652
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/23/2006
  • Series: Time Warp Trio Series , #14
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 217,639
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka

Multiple award-winning author Jon Scieszka grew up in Flint, Michigan, the second oldest and the nicest of six boys. Jon went to school at Culver Military Academy in Indiana where he was a Lieutenant; Albion College in Michigan where he studied to be a doctor; and Columbia University in New York, where he received an M.F.A. in fiction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. He is the author of many books for children including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (illustrated by Lane Smith), the Caldecott Honor book The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (illustrated by Lane Smith), and Math Curse (illustrated by Lane Smith).  In addition to his work as an author, Jon also runs a web-based literacy program called “Guys Read” that is designed to encourage boys, particularly reluctant readers, to get involved with books. In 2008, Jon was named the country’s first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a joint effort of the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council. During his two-year role as Ambassador, he acted as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading. You can visit Jon online at www.jsworldwide.com.

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