Your Mother Was a Neanderthal (The Time Warp Trio Series #4)

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The Time Warp Trio find themselves in the middle of an adventure in prehistoric times, where cave art is a form of graffiti and "rock" music takes on a whole new meaning.

Some people will do anything to get out of doing their homework. The Time Warp Trio is back - and they're going back in time, all the way to the Stone Age, where there aren't any math problems. But there are plenty of other problems to keep Sam, Joe, and Fred on their toes, including a tribe of hostile ...

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Overview

The Time Warp Trio find themselves in the middle of an adventure in prehistoric times, where cave art is a form of graffiti and "rock" music takes on a whole new meaning.

Some people will do anything to get out of doing their homework. The Time Warp Trio is back - and they're going back in time, all the way to the Stone Age, where there aren't any math problems. But there are plenty of other problems to keep Sam, Joe, and Fred on their toes, including a tribe of hostile cavewomen, a hungry-looking saber-toothed tiger, a bone-rattling earthquake, and a woolly mammoth who wants to turn them into toe-jam. But worst of all, how can The Book get them back home again when writing hasn't even been invented yet?

The Time Warp Trio find themselves in the middle of an adventure in prehistoric times, where cave art is a form of graffiti and "rock" music takes on a whole new meaning.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Scieszka and his comic cohort, Smith, support the vision of kids in Your Mother Was a Neanderthal, one of the Time Warp Trio series. Joe, Fred and Sam are three wild and crazy guys who travel to prehistoric times where they face earthquakes, a saber tooth tiger, and the frustrations of communicating with cave people. All Scieszka's skinny time travel novels are fat with adventure, laughs, and tension. The Time Warp Trio reacts and relates the way kids would.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves ``absolutely naked'' at the outset of this prehistoric adventure. While fans of the previous three books won't be surprised at this somewhat outrageous beginning, it's sure to catch the attention of first-timers. Scieszka's humorous, zippy dialogue and word play, combined with Stone Age icons (a saber-toothed cat; a woolly mammoth; cave paintings; and an interesting and hilarious collection of cavemen, women, and girls), are sure to appeal to readers. References to classic time-travel books-Edward Eager's Half Magic, Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, and H.G.Wells's The Time Machine- are bound to spur many readers on to other new adventures. This fast-paced, fun story is perfectly matched by Smith's wacky black-and-white illustrations. Another great book from the dynamic duo!-Gale W. Sherman, Pocatello Public Library, ID
Janice Del Negro
Sam, Joe, and Fred, the Time Warp Trio who made their first appearances in "Knights of the Kitchen Table" (1991) and the "Not So Jolly Roger" (1991), travel back to the Stone Age and are immediately in trouble. First of all, they don't have "The Book" that enables them to travel in time, and second of all, they're naked. Sam, with a large leaf and a piece of vine, invents clothes--just in time for them to be discovered by "cavegirls." Sam, Joe, and Fred escape (they think) the hostile women, take refuge with men hiding from a saber-toothed tiger, flee a woolly mammoth, and save the day with some simple physics involving a fulcrum and a lever. Scieszka's text is funny and fast, always clever and never cute (OK, naming the cavegirls Nat-Li, Lin-Say, and Jos-Feen is cute, but that's the only part), and Smith's pen-and-ink drawings add a rollicking, somewhat riotous air to the proceedings. This is the kind of book that kids tell one another to read--a surefire hit to the funny bone, whether read alone or aloud.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785756651
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Series: Time Warp Trio Series , #4
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 78
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Scieszka
Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka is the author of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, the Time Warp Trio series, The Stinky Cheese Man, and a truckload of other books that inspire kids to want to read. His work as an elementary school teacher and as founder of a literacy initiative for boys (www.guysread.com) drove him to create Trucktown, a crazy, fun action series for the youngest readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    this book is...great!!!

    This book is about the time warp trio(Sam,Joe and Fred)as they journey to the prehistoric times, and find three neanderthals. One looks exactly like Joe's mother!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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