Marco? Polo! (The Time Warp Trio Series #16)

Marco? Polo! (The Time Warp Trio Series #16)

by Jon Scieszka, Adam McCauley

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Joe, Fred, and Sam experience sandstorms, desert bandits, a smelly camel, and strange horoscopes, as they travel back to 13th-century China where they meet explorer Marco Polo.


Joe, Fred, and Sam experience sandstorms, desert bandits, a smelly camel, and strange horoscopes, as they travel back to 13th-century China where they meet explorer Marco Polo.

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Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
This sixteenth installment of the popular series is just as irreverently funny and enticing to reluctant readers as its many predecessors. Joe, Fred, and Sam are playing Marco Polo in the Brooklyn YMCA pool ("Very interesting that the name of a famous explorer would become a game played in swimming pools," observes Sam), when Joe's thin blue magical Book transports them back to the time of, yes, of course, the original Marco Polo himself. Marco Polo, as it turns out, enjoys replying "Polo!" every time anyone calls out "Marco?" and soon Joe and Marco are off on a camel ride into a desert sandstorm, while Fred and Sam are kidnapped by bandits. The boys' ability to predict the future gains them respect as learned astrologers, until they meet up with the fabled Kublai Kahn and his Royal Astrologer, Ding Dong, who is not at all pleased to have his exclusive expertise undermined. While it's fun to come across the blank two-page spread representing the sandstorm ("If you had to read a whole chapter for an assignment, you could just read that little bit at the beginning, look at the empty sandstorm pages, and then you would be done with a chapter"), even the laziest readers will hurry on to see what happens next to the immortal trio in their uproarious, wisecracking adventures—and actually learn something about 13th-century China in the process.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This installment in the series takes Joe, Sam, and Fred over the Silk Road into China. As it opens, the infamous blue Book transports Joe from the pool of his local YMCA to the desert where he meets Marco Polo, who is on his way to meet Kublai Khan. The boy is reunited with his friends only after rescuing himself and Marco Polo from bandits and a sandstorm. He also teaches the explorer how to play the game named after him, which provides for some very funny moments. The book concludes with a description of the animals in the Chinese Zodiac. This title is as rich in historical detail as it is in humor and will have special appeal to reluctant readers.-Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
Time Warp Trio
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Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

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

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