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Grade 3-5-The Time Warp Trio takes a surprise time hike back to A.D. 1000. There, Joe, Fred, and Sam get to know some Vikings up close and personal. Outfitted only with a zebra-striped bedspread and their brains, the boys find themselves in the midst of a family rumble between Leif Eriksson and Grim Snake-in-the-Grass. As ever, their wits serve them well, and the friends recognize the Viking version of the Book when they need it most. Scieszka works his usual quirky magic with bits of actual information inserted among the wisecracks, and McCauley's cartoons parallel the unlikely plot. This wacky combination of story and art is just right for newly independent readers who enjoy a good joke.
Pat Leach, Lincoln City Libraries, NE
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Gr. 2-4. The twelfth installment in Jon Scieszka's popular Time Warp Trio series catapults Fred, Joe, and Sam straight from Fred's room in Brooklyn into a Viking adventure. This time, the magic of Uncle Joe's mysterious time-travel book is triggered by Sam chanting the word "Thursday" over and over. Who knew the cosmos would interpret "Thursday" as the Norse god Thor's day and send the trio back to 1000 A.D.? As ever, the scrappy threesome finds big trouble in the form of a boatload of Vikings from Greenland, complete with Leif Ericksson; an annoying official poet (or skald) aptly named Bullshik; and a new diet of roast walrus and whale blubber. The snappy dialogue and classic boy humor in this series of chapter books guarantee chuckles from the most reluctant readers--and the generous type size and McCauley's comic illustrations don't hurt either. As a special bonus, readers will learn which other days of the week were named after Norse gods and get tips on creating a Viking name (or nickname) of their own. Karin Snelson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 0530 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (April 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142400025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142400029
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[DRUM ROLL.....] PRESENTING THE ONE AND ONLY JON SCIESZKA!

Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan on September 8th, 1954. He grew up with five brothers, has the same birthday as Peter Sellers and the Virgin Mary, and a sneaking suspicion that the characters in his Dick and Jane reader were not of this world. Those plain facts, plus his elementary school principal dad, Louis, his registered nurse mom, Shirley (who once took Jon's Cub Scout den on a field trip to the prenatal ward), Mad Magazine, four years of pre-med undergrad, "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show", an M.F.A. in Fiction from Columbia University, Robert Benchley, five years of painting apartments in New York City, his lovely wife Jeri Hansen who introduced him to Molly Leach and Lane Smith, Green Eggs and Ham, his teenage daughter Casey and almost teenage son Jake, ten years of teaching a little bit of everything from first grade to eighth grade, and the last twenty years of living in Brooklyn...are just some of Jon's answers to the questions, "Where do you get your ideas?" and/or "How did you become a writer?" I don't know, just because, none of your beeswax, and flapdoodle poppycock and balderdash are some more of Jon's answers to questions you can imagine on your own. Jon met up with Lane Smith around 1986 or so, and nothing has been the same since. Their first book, the wiseguy fairy tale retelling, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! was initially rejected by most publishers as "too weird" and "too sophisticated". Published by Viking in 1989, The True Story has now sold over a million copies, been translated into ten languages, and been called a "classic picture book for all ages". Jon and Lane's The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales (1992) took the world of the picture book a few steps further. Goofing with the conventions of fairy tales and even being a book, The Stinky Cheese Man became a household word, sold another mess of copies in multiple languages, offended a few purists, and still managed to win a Caldecott Honor medal. Math Curse (1995) further stretched the notion of what subjects make good picture books, selling more books faster than either 3 Little Pigs or Stinky Cheese, and winning a whole slew of awards --all for a book full of mathematics.More recently, Jon and Lane have resurrected fables (in the smart, funny, and a little bit wicked way Aesop would have wanted them) in their latest collaboration, Squids Will Be Squids (1998). No telling where they might take the picture book next. Someone once wrote, "Jon Scieszka has forever changed the face of children's literature." And while there is still some confusion over exactly who that someone was, and whether children's literature does, in fact, have a face, most would agree-from The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! to Squids Will Be Squids, since Scieszka put pen to paper, children's literature sure has been...different.

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34 of 47 people found the following review helpful By G. Cattarin on November 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
The author of this book seems to have thought it was funny to include a character named "Bullshik" in the story (no, that's not a typo, it is really B-U-L-L-S-H-I-K). In case you think this was inadvertent, Bullshik's co-star is named Fulluvit, which makes it clear that a pun was intended - a pun with coarse language completely inappropriate for any child.

This is a book targeted at 9-12 year old CHILDREN (as noted on Amazon's site) and read by younger ones as well. I was pretty unhappy when I heard my 8-year-old talking about Bullshik. She had no idea that this word resembled something no child should be saying. Unfortunately, most kids do know such language, and this book makes them think it is funny. Essentially, it is encouraging children to use coarse language.

I'm no prude. Away from my children I use the word they mimic - and plenty more. But in front of my children, I set an example. I expect children's books to stick to certain standards. This work has failed completely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sara on June 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
So many of the stories for young readers have hidden elements of romance these days and my son can't stand that. Even action adventure stories have underlining romances (Harry Potter, Eragon, Lord of the Rings) so it is refreshing that these boys and girls are just out to find the adventure and see the world in all different times. My son is 5 but reads on a much higher level then the books for his age group and so we needed something that didn't bore him into no longer wanting to read. These books have been a great find. Yes I know that some people find the implied language offensive but my son didn't even notice it until his dad pointed it out (thanks dad) so I'm not that worried about it. If you really don't expose your children to offensive language then they don't really know the pun is a "bad word", now do they? I think the stories are exciting for young readers, with smaller chapters they don't overwhelm the early reader and the plot is pretty easy to follow. Yes there have been some words my son didn't know (and no none were the "bad words") but isn't that what learning and reading are all about. He actually took out his dictionary and looked some of them up on his own. I am glad that my son's school isn't one of the ones that banned these titles because of a few words. We are continuing to build our library with these titles and my son continues to reread the ones he already has. If your child is like mine and doesn't want a story bogged down with kisses and mushy stuff these are great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Park School on June 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
The Time Warp Trio:

Viking it and Liking it

By: Jon Scieszka

Illustrated by: Adam McCauley

If you like Vikings, then you will really like this book because this book is an "S'wonderful" book. The book " Time Warp Trio: Viking It And Liking It" is about three boys named Sam, Fred, and Joe being warped back into the past by a green mist from a book called "The Book" that Joe got from his uncle, a so called magician, for his birthday. At the end of the adventure, they always have to find "The Book" or they will never return to the present.

This book tells how Joe, Sam, and Fred time warp two thousand years in the past to the Vikings. While they are there, they see how the Vikings live, eat, fight, what they drink out of, and how they travel from place to place. The book also tells how Joe uses one of his tricks to defeat Grim Snake-in-the-Grass [which is Leif Eriksson's cousin] and his Vikings.

What adventure do you think Joe, Sam, and Fred will go next by "The Book." I hope that a lot of kids will read this book and like the book.

This book is for ages 7 and up.

By: Chase
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By Raj on February 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: The story starts off with Sam, Fred and Joe finding themselves on a cold beach, wondering where they are, and knowing only that a certain Blue Book is responsible for getting them there. Sam remembers last being in Fred's room, playing Fred's older brother's game, NFL Smash. They remember Sam chanting out the word "Thursday" repeatedly, telling them that the word made less sense each time he said it, and while he was doing that, Joe was looking at the game with the Minnesota Vikings in it. They didn't notice a small Blue Book open with green mist spreading around them, till it was too late.

Anyway, at the beach, they spot a long wooden boat headed right for the beach, and realize that an army of Vikings is heading straight for them. Even though the Vikings initially charge at them, the Time Warp Trio soon befriend the Vikings, and realize that they are in North America, which is what the Vikings refer to as Vinland. They ask Bold Leif, (aka Leif Eriksson) the leader of the Vikings, if he has seen a Blue Book. Bold Leif tells them that all the stories live in the sagas that the skalds tell. The Time Warp Trio realize that they are in a period before books were invented, and wonder how they would get back to their own time.

The Trio and the Vikings soon notice that there are other settlers in the land who suddenly start attacking them with arrows. They leave the land with the Vikings at sea, but soon see that another Viking ship is out to battle them. Leif tells them that it is his cousin "Grim Snake in the Grass". Even though Grim and Leif have never gotten along, Grim mentions that he comes in peace, but are his intentions loyal and true?

How will the Time Warp Trio head back to their time if the book has never been invented yet?
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