A Mighty Fine Time Machine

A Mighty Fine Time Machine

by Suzanne Bloom
     
 

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Sometimes a box is not an ordinary box. In this instance, an aardvark named Grant and an armadillo named Antoine see its potential for something magnificent: a time machine! Under the supervision of their friend Samantha, an anteater, they cobble together a bunch of thingamabobs and hoozie-doozies to turn the empty box into a marvelous device for traveling

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Sometimes a box is not an ordinary box. In this instance, an aardvark named Grant and an armadillo named Antoine see its potential for something magnificent: a time machine! Under the supervision of their friend Samantha, an anteater, they cobble together a bunch of thingamabobs and hoozie-doozies to turn the empty box into a marvelous device for traveling through time. Can three adventurers actually turn back the clock? Suzanne Bloom's comical story features three endearing characters with vivid imaginations.

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"A splendid use for a box, indeed." --Kirkus Reviews

"The language is replete with words such as 'hoozie-doozies,' and 'doodads.' It rolls off the tongue with occasional poetic segments such as 'Flippers flapped. Wings whapped.' The unusual characters' devotion to each other and their project is an asset to the book." --Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Samantha, an anteater, is biking by with a wagon-load of books when she sees her friends Grant, an aardvark, and Antoine, an armadillo, standing by a huge packing crate. They are convinced that it can be turned into a time machine. They add various "hoozie-doozies," Grant sets the dials to another time and place, and Antoine makes blast-off sounds, but the machine stays put. After they make some adjustments, the rickety rocket rolls down a hill and topples over. Tired and bored, the boys settle down to read Sam's books and give up the project. Sam takes over and makes some of her own improvements, and-voilà!-she turns the box into the best do-it-yourself bookmobile imaginable. And, as proven by the other friends who come by to check out books, it's a success. Any child who has ever built a blanket fort or played inside a box should be able to relate to these anthropomorphic animals. The gouache and colored-pencil illustrations of the gadgets and gizmos attached to the crate add humot, and there is a lot of white space for the large, clear text. Though not essential, this is a fun selection.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews
In an airy riff on the evergreen idea behind, for instance, Antoinette Portis's Not a Box (2006), an aardvark, an armadillo and an anteater explore some of the exciting possibilities in a carton labeled "My Time Machine." Rolling up with a stack of books in tow, Sam thinks at first that her buddies Grant and Antoine have been "bamboozled" into trading 20 Yummy Gummys and a bag of Buggy Bonbons for a cardboard box. Still, she pitches in to help them attach a basketful of old toys and other "hoozie-doozies." As a time machine the box turns out to be a total flop, but Sam sticks with it after her friends are distracted by her traveling library, and comes up with something far better. Bloom depicts these three would-be time travelers au naturel in her freely brushed illustrations, but places them amidst a fetching clutter of junk-and of books, which provide the key to Sam's reader-satisfying solo project. A splendid use for a box, indeed. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590785270
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/01/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of Treasure as well as many other titles. She lives in McDonough, New York

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