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

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Did you ever wonder what might happen if someone had a time-warping book they got from their uncle who was a magician and they took it to the local YMCA pool while they played Marco? Polo! with their two best friends?

Well, wonder no more. In the sixteenth adventure of the Time Warp Trio, it happens to Joe (and Fred and Sam). And what happens is: sandstorms, desert bandits, a smelly camel, strange horoscopes, the emperor of all China, hungry hunting dogs, attack leopards, killer...

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Overview

Did you ever wonder what might happen if someone had a time-warping book they got from their uncle who was a magician and they took it to the local YMCA pool while they played Marco? Polo! with their two best friends?

Well, wonder no more. In the sixteenth adventure of the Time Warp Trio, it happens to Joe (and Fred and Sam). And what happens is: sandstorms, desert bandits, a smelly camel, strange horoscopes, the emperor of all China, hungry hunting dogs, attack leopards, killer hawks, and one very famous (if he doesn't get lost) explorer. If the explorer is Marco Polo, this must be 13th century China. And the Time Warp Trio's horoscope says, "Beware of mean cats, mad dogs, and even madder Chinese astrologers.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756989231
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Series: Time Warp Trio
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 90
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

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    The Time Warp trio Marco Polo by Jon Scieszka is the funniest book that I have ever read. It takes place in thirteenth-century China. It¿s about an adventure back in Marco Polo¿s travel to China but, with three people in the present. Joe has a time warping book that he got from his uncle. One day he and some friends bring it to the pool with them. Joe, Sam, and, Fred were playing Marco Polo in the pool and the book accidentally took them back in time. Now they had to go find the book to get back home. When they arrived in China they met Kublai Khan. They asked him for the book. Kublai Khan helped them find the book. Then Ding ¿ Dong, the Royal Astrologer, tricked them and put them deep into the woods, and he was going to get rid of them. Will they live or die? This book is great from start to finish. My favorite part is when they went back to thirteenth century China because I like to learn about China. It was a great book. It¿s a really fun book to read. I recommend this book to people who love fiction novels. I liked that the some of the characters in the story were people in history.

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