A Mighty Fine Time Machine

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Can three adventurous friends actually turn back the clock? With an empty box and a treasure trove of hoozie-doozies, imaginations take over. And when hoozie-doozies don't quite do the trick, what's the secret to success? Put the machine in a wagon and add books!

"Children who have ever created anything out of a box will identify with the trio's ingenuity. The colored pencil-and-gouache illustrations add ...

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Overview


Can three adventurous friends actually turn back the clock? With an empty box and a treasure trove of hoozie-doozies, imaginations take over. And when hoozie-doozies don't quite do the trick, what's the secret to success? Put the machine in a wagon and add books!

"Children who have ever created anything out of a box will identify with the trio's ingenuity. The colored pencil-and-gouache illustrations add warmth and humor to the story."  —Booklist

A Best Children’s Book of the Year, Outstanding Merit—Bank Street College of Education

Texas 2x2 Reading List nominee —Texas Library Association

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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781620916056
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 791,095
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Bloom is the author and illustrator of the Goose and Bear series, which includes: A Splendid Friend, Indeed, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book; Treasure; What About Bear?; and Fox Forgets. Her other books include Feeding Friendsies, No Place for a Pig, and the popular The Bus for Us. She lives with her family in McDonough, New York.

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