Joe, Sam, and Fred are really good at meeting people, making friends-and enemies-in all different places and times. But this time everything is completely different! It's Brooklyn, it's the 1880s, and some crazy guy's trying to build a bridge all the way across to Manhattan. Meanwhile, their great-granddaughters, who have inherited The Book are doing a little time-traveling of their own, and they need some help. The guys just want to get back to their simple, ordinary twenty-first century lives. But will they ...
Joe, Sam, and Fred are really good at meeting people, making friends-and enemies-in all different places and times. But this time everything is completely different! It's Brooklyn, it's the 1880s, and some crazy guy's trying to build a bridge all the way across to Manhattan. Meanwhile, their great-granddaughters, who have inherited The Book are doing a little time-traveling of their own, and they need some help. The guys just want to get back to their simple, ordinary twenty-first century lives. But will they find a way out before things get too far out of hand?
The Time Warp Trio's plan to spend a quiet day at home is thwarted when the "Graphic Sonic" catapults them back to 1877 Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge is only half finished; the Statue of Liberty is nowhere in sight; and the streets are crowded with fuel-efficient horses. Exploring their new (old) haunts, Joe, Sam, and Fred encounter a "zapped" version of Thomas Edison. It doesn't take them long to realize that unless they hurry back to the future, the lightbulb and the phonograph may never be invented! A very clever installment.
The Time Warp Trio find themselves precariously atop the partially built Brooklyn Bridge. Using the infamous Book, they have somehow sonic-warped back to 1877 while managing to bring along their three granddaughters from 2095 and a hopelessly confused Thomas Alva Edison. (They time warped hoping to see inventions in the future, then return home to "invent" them themselves.) Of course, The Book has disappeared and they must retrieve it to return everyone to normal. This precipitates wandering around their hometown, looking for the Public Library to help them out and bemoaning the lack of conveniences to which they are accustomed...telephones, fast food, public transportation, etc. The mean "Ugly Mug," who nearly does them in during an old-fashioned game of baseball, continually chases them around Brooklyn. Written in Scieszka's usual frenetic, madcap style, this is a fast-paced adventure. The plot is somewhat confusing and the setting is not as dramatic as in others in this series. Some of the girls' comments on the lack of women's rights border on preaching. Fans of the series will probably stick with this latest entry, but if this is a child's introduction to the series, they may well not bother to pick up one of the earlier better-written books. 2002, Viking,
— Peg Glisson
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This adventure finds the boys in New York City, perched on top of a Brooklyn Bridge tower. At first they believe that they have traveled into the future (complete with space aliens), mainly because they encounter their great-granddaughters once again. They discover, however, that they are visiting Brooklyn before the bridge was completed. In fact, it is 1877. "The Book" and Sam's invention, "a Graphic Sonic," have somehow combined to propel them into the past, leaving them in the precarious situation of trying to get back to their own time. They also meet a "zapped" Thomas Edison, who may or may not become a great inventor. How the trio, their great-granddaughters, and baseball set everything aright makes for a fun read. Another winning entry in the series.-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Fred, Sam, and Joe once again time-travel with the help of The Book. Only this time, they are traveling with a purpose: to get to 2095 again and visit with their great-granddaughters who have The Book in their possession. Inspired by David Mullany's 1952 invention of the Wiffle ball, the trio wanted to go into the future, see what had been invented, and return to the present and be inventors themselves. Of course, things do not turn out as the boys plan. They blunder back to 1877 and the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and are inexplicably joined by their granddaughters from the future. In a confusing and fast-paced romp, the boys meet an annoying, babbling Thomas Alva Edison and Brooklyn Bridge engineer Washington Roebling. This current offering lacks the satirical humor of many of the books in this series. Perhaps it is time for the trio to take a break. (Fiction. 8-11)
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 got a M.F.A. in fi ction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. 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. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two kids.
Recently, 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 will act as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading.