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Children's LiteratureThe Time Warp Trio boys are at it again in a historically based (yet, ever so loosely!) adventure that takes the friends out of Brooklyn and back just few years. Fred and Joe are joined this time by Sam's great granddaughter from 100 years in the future and her robotic cat, Rivets. The date is Christmas Eve, 1776, just before General Washington and his men cross the Delaware. Who knew that the famous painting of General Washington crossing the Delaware looks nothing like the reality of it, and, not only that, but that it is missing likenesses of Fred, Joe and Samantha? Humorous, wry conversations and descriptions will entertain readers. Black-and-white illustrations scattered throughout will keep readers interested in the story in the unlikely event that their interest sways. It would be a shame if this book ended on a serious note. Thankfully, the author concludes by leaving readers with a two page "Tricks with George Washington" chapter, giving step-by-step instructions on how to turn the father of our country into a mushroom head simply by folding a dollar bill. This is an excellent chapter book for this age group. It is part of the "The Time Warp Trio" series that includes such titles as Knights of the Kitchen Table, Hey Kid, Want to Buy a Bridge? and Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci. Highly recommended. 2005, Viking/Penguin, Ages 7 up.
—Cindy L. Carolan