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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 1999
My two sons (ages 6 and 8) and I had much fun reading this--they were already fans of pirate lore with pirate Legos and who love to dress up and play pirates in the braken. You'll love it too, and besides, boys need more literature with fun, fantasy, silliness, and adventure!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 1998
The story is about Fred, Sam and Joe, stuck on an island. Pirate Blackbeard comes and takes them captive on his ship. When they are on the ship it is attacked. Blackbeard sees Fred, Sam, and Joe hiding behind barrels. Fred, Sam and Joe decide to help Blackbeard because if they didn' t they might not live. The cannon was pointing towards the ship so they all pulled it up and saved the ship. I liked the book because of the characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes pirates. I liked Fred, Sam and Joe climbed into the trees and threw coconuts at each other.
I liked when people buried treasure.

by Tommy Currier
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2014
This young reader book was shelved in next to books in the 7-9 age reader group, including such popular favorites as Magic Tree House, Junie B Jones, and Captain Underpants. I purchased 2 of the Time Warp Trio books, including The Not So Jolly Roger for my young boy reader. I was forced to write to the publisher to complain regarding the PG13 content in this book, which my son brought to me and said "This pirate shot the prisoners in the back and was drinking something". I had not pre-read the books because they were shelved with all the other great reading materials for youngsters, but I had looked on the cover and saw the 7+ age range. I had thumbed through the book and thought it looked designed for younger boys and that my son might enjoy reading something different. It appeared to be a more boyish tree house style of time travel for the same age group. I understand the nature of this particular book is a nasty pirate and that some boy readers might like content a little more edgy to keep their interest. But this book went unnecessarily into content well beyond the 7-9 age range.

Here are descriptions and quotes from the book, you be the judge:
cartoon picture showing two dead prisoners falling into their grave, pg 15.
alcohol: “tot o rum” and prisoners drinking on page 14.
murder: “while the two prisoners were lowering the chest, the pirate pulled out two pistols and shot them both.” pg 15.
murder victims: “The bodies and chest fell to the bottom of the hole with an ugly thud. The ugly crazy pirate laughed and started croaking another song as he kicked sand in the grave”.
curse words: “Damnation and hellfire” on pg 18.
threats of violence from murdering character: “if I thought that, I’d have to kill
you right now” pg 22
more murder: “a blindfolded man fell past us. He landed with a splash and disappeared beneath the waves.” pg 26
threat of violence form murdering character: “I’ll have to cut off some heads” pg 26
curse word: “hell” pg. 39
mention of capitol punishment: “we’d be swinging from a noose in a minute” pg 44
alcohol: “took another swig from his bottle of rum” pg 47
threat of death from murdering character “stand by your grave with your thieving mates and say
goodbye (taking place in same place where the prisoners were shot and buried)” pg 51
decapitated body humor: “lost his head...Blackbeard’s headless body defiantly swam around...” pg.55
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2002
We think the book,the Time Warp Trio The Not So Jolly Roger is funny and packed with adventure.In this story the three boys Joe,Fred,and Sam go in the magic book in the time of Black Beard the pirate. In the beginning they see a ship with three big cannons aimed right at them.The boys hurry up and climb coconut trees to escape.From the top they spy Black Beard on the ship.Trying to get down,they get stuck in the trees. After they get down from the trees, the three boys see Black Beard and his treasure. Two of the pirates were going to take it, but Black Beard saw them and shot them. Black Beard then thought the trio were going to try and steal his treasure.
Will the boys ever find the book and get home? If you want to find out, read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2013
Kids read and outgrew Magic Treehouse series so I bought some of the Time Warp Trio series. They love them! They also love Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Big Nate series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2007
This book is awesome and funny. It is about the magical book called THE BOOK that Joe got from his uncle Joe. THE BOOK can teleport Joe and his friends, Sam and Fred, to places long times ago. Every time they teleport some place, they lose THE BOOK and have to find it to get home. I like the adventures, and their arguments are really funny. My favorite character is Sam. He always acts like he is not in trouble when he is in BIG trouble. My least favorite character is Blackbeard. All he says is HA-HA-HA-HA and I MUST FIND THE TREASURE. Also, I don't get the point why Blackbeard always has the need to shoot people. This book isn't as good as Knights Of The Kitchen table because it has a little less action. But, I'd say get this book no matter what.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2003
I liked The not so Jolly Roger becuase it was a mystery and I love myseries. My favorite part was when Fred was reading a book and Fred got sucked into one of the pages. The not so Jolly roger could be better by taking out the part when a pirate shoots his mates after they got done buring the treasure they found. Iread the story becuase in the first book of the series, it was really interesting,so it made me think The not so Jolly Roger was going to be interesting.
S.W.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 1998
This is the third one of Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith's creations which my daughter (8 yrs. old) and I have read. I recommend this book because it is another story which is pleasurable and captivating. Fred, Joe and Sam are fun characters to read about. Our only negative thought about the book was the epilogue. Good try with providing this info, but as my daughter said "dad I don't get it." I could tell she did not grasp why this was here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lots of chapter books and early reader books are pretty bland. I understand why - limited vocabulary, not a lot of room for plot or character. That said, these Time Warp Trio books pack in a lot of punch. The three boy friends have distinguishable personalities. The humor is not cheapo fart based. The plots are slim, but serviceable. They don't try to do too much in the magic/fantasy realm, (like, say, Secrets of Droon), so they don't feel quite so thinly imagined or frantic. These would be OK to read to, good to read with, and probably fine for a new on-his-own reader.
A good find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2004
It all starts out with someone I really would call a "Not so Jolly Roger." They have pistols, daggars and lots of cool weapons in this book. (Violent). Something always goes wrong-wich always happens in books-of course. Get this book or I'll be "The not so Jolly Roger."
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