Summer Reading Is Killing Me! (The Time Warp Trio Series #7)

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Joe, Fred, and Sam have no idea why they’ve been transported to a playground. All they know is that there’s a 250-pound chicken and it’s headed straight for them. While Joe’s racking his brains for the magic words to stop a charging chicken, he suddenly has a flash of what’s going to happen next. It’s exactly like the book he just read. Turns out Fred put their summer reading list inside The Book (the magic one, that is)—and now they’re destined to spend their summer living stories that were only meant to be ...
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Joe, Fred, and Sam have no idea why they’ve been transported to a playground. All they know is that there’s a 250-pound chicken and it’s headed straight for them. While Joe’s racking his brains for the magic words to stop a charging chicken, he suddenly has a flash of what’s going to happen next. It’s exactly like the book he just read. Turns out Fred put their summer reading list inside The Book (the magic one, that is)—and now they’re destined to spend their summer living stories that were only meant to be read. Only one thing is clear: writing a back-to-school book report will be no sweat. Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith also collaborated on Math Curse, The Stinky Cheese Man, and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Jon Scieszka lives in Brooklyn, New York. Lane Smith lives in New York City.

At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children's books.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Helen J. Pavick
The Time Warp Trio is at it once again. This time, characters from stories on their summer reading list come alive, creating all kinds of crazy mischief in the process. Their only hope is to find "The Book," in which the list has been placed. Their search leads them to Hoboken Library, where Frankenstein is after Pippy Longstocking, Dracula is telling jokes, and Teddy Bear is a raving lunatic! This story is a blast from beginning to end, and kids will be rushing out to buy all the others in the "Time Warp Trio" series.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5--The Time Warp Trio is back. This time, the mayhem begins when Fred puts their school's summer reading list in The Book, the mysterious tome that has magically transported the boys to the past and the future in previous escapades. This causes Fred, Sam, and Joe to encounter the Hoboken Chicken, George and Martha, Peter Rabbit, Curious George, Frog and Toad, and a host of other children's book characters. It seems that the bad characters--the Twits, Long John Silver, the Wild Things, etc., all led by a maniacal Teddy Bear--have decided to do away with the good ones. The boys initially manage to convince the villains that they, too, are villains from an action-adventure series (whose author "starts with an s...maybe...?"), but they are soon found out. It takes a girl (Laura Ingalls? Anne of Green Gables? one of the Little Women?--they can't tell since they haven't read them!) to help them find The Book so that they can put an end to the shenanigans. Nonstop action and lots of laughs prevail throughout as the friends try to find their way out of their current predicament. Smith's black-and-white illustrations are filled with his traditional brand of zany humor. The literary references will delight teachers and librarians, and perhaps inspire readers to learn more about those characters (good or bad) unfamiliar to them.-Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH
Kirkus Reviews
In this latest Time Warp Trio entry, Fred, Joe, and Sam have sworn off using that volume of dangerous time-travel, The Book. When Fred sticks Sam's summer reading list inside it, they find themselves whisked off, not to another time, but to a world where all the characters from the books on the list are congregated, where the evil characters are determined to crush all the good characters and take over the stories. Aided by the Girl, who seems to be a composite of female heroines from all the formula series books the boys never read, Fred, Joe, and Sam battle the leader of the bad guys, an embittered Mr. Bear ("Just because I'm a teddy bear, I get no respect") to find The Book and get back to the real world. Filled with humorous action and suspense, this book will have special appeal to those who get the hip-deep references to dozens of children's books (without such understanding, the middle section becomes somewhat incomprehensible). With plenty of action and silly humor, the book itself is a pretty good addition to summer reading lists. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142401156
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/27/2004
  • Series: Time Warp Trio Series , #7
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 182,974
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.84 (h) x 0.23 (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 got a M.F.A. in fi ction. He taught elementary school in New York for ten years in a variety of positions. 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. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two kids.

Recently, 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 will act as a spokesperson for children’s literature, speaking to groups of parents, teachers, and children to encourage the importance of reading.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    Reluctant male readers, unite!

    This entire series is perfect for engaging reluctant boy readers. The stories are funny, action-packed, and very exciting. This particular entry in the series contains references to many classic pieces of literature, as well as some more contemporary classics - a great way to introduce elementary school students to famous characters. Scieszka showcases his passion for reluctant boys in this engaging story "about the power a book has to grab you...literally" (Bushek).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    Who knew reading could make you sweat!!

    I loved this book!!! I am an elementary education major working on a book list for an EDU class at my college and I stumbled onto this book. I am also a theater director for an afterschool theater program for students in grades first-through-fifth grade. This book inspired me and my students to create a play based on the book. (And yes, we wrote the publisher for permission)We have worked out lines for children to say, added a few characters (I have 44 students)and designed a wonderful set!!! This book now comes to life in our eyes, literally!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2001

    recommended

    i think this book was good it was funny.I say it was werid because the people that they used were all animals.I enjoied this book and it only has 69 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    a waste

    Sure, kids will love it - it's short. Comprehension, however, will be virtually non-existent except to the few who are savvy abut all the inside references to other books. A real disappointment...and not just because I'm a librarian who dislikes the devil portraying one.........

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2001

    THIS BOOK IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was alsome!I read it in 2 hours. It normally takes me a week or two, to read one of these books but this one made me read more and more each minute!! I dedicate this book to anyone who likes action!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted November 8, 2009

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