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In Summer Reading Is Killing Me!, illustrated by innovative artist Lane Smith, the boys find themselves trapped in a dreadfully skewed literary world where Joe, the narrator, says "I saw Homer Price being carried by the Headless Horseman. Dracula was dragging Winnie the Pooh in a headlock. Mr. Twit was breaking Harold's Purple Crayon." It becomes the boys' charge to find "The Book" and yank the summer reading list out of it before children's literature is destroyed forever as the "bad" characters knock off the "good" characters and take over the stories. The literary references accelerate to a breakneck pace: "We stepped over a very hungry caterpillar eating his way through a dictionary.... We made our way through a crowd of Robinson Crusoe, a blue moose, Julie with some wolves, a snowman, a plain and tall lady named Sarah, a kid with a hatchet, and a very confused-looking Robin Hood helping Eeyore reattach his tail." Whether or not young readers register every literary allusion is inconsequential--Summer Reading Is Killing Me! is a rollicking, sarcastic, ultraweird, suspenseful adventure that kids will like regardless. And for teachers, parents, and librarians who are deeply enmeshed in kid-erature--it's purely delicious. (Ages 8 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
After reading all the reviews on these books, I bought four to start my 9-yr-old son on the series hoping it would be a good one. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jason Ferrell
I read the book Summer Reading is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka. I liked this book because it has a lot of humor. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John
Synopsis: The book starts off with the Time Warp Trio suddenly finding themselves in front of a giant chicken that is about to get them. Read morePublished on February 24, 2010 by Raj
I thought "summer Reading Is Killing Me" was okay because it was kind of hard to understand and they had some language problems to. Read morePublished on November 21, 2006
My students love this book and are now clearing out the library's shelves of the rest of the series. Read morePublished on August 3, 2006 by Amy Whittenton
This book was pretty exciting. I thought it was funny and really good. I would recomend this book to someone who wants to read a funny and good book. Read morePublished on December 8, 2005