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Adventures with the Vikings (Good Times Travel Agency) Paperback – September 1, 2001
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In previous titles, the Binkerton children landed in ancient Egypt and the Middle Ages, thanks to the Good Times Travel Agency. Now, as they are hurrying home from school, they are reluctantly driven into the agency during a hailstorm. The twins, Emma and Josh, want to leave in a hurry, but little Libby grabs hold of a book on the Vikings and opens it. In a flash, the siblings are transported back into the time of the Norsemen. The narrative is presented in comic-book format, with rectangular text boxes to set the scene and dialogue balloons. Once the adventure begins, the worn-looking pages of the "guidebook" appear at the bottom of the spread, with the text the kids have to read to complete their journey. Bailey's humorous presentation of both the Binkertons' adventures and the Viking information is sure to hold young readers' attention and will appeal to reluctant readers. Give the book to your "Magic Tree House" (Random) or "Time Warp Trio" (Viking) series fans and they're sure to gobble it up.
Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Gr. 3-5. Like Adventures in Ancient Egypt (2000) and other books in the Good Times Travel Agency series, this colorful volume is part fiction and part nonfiction. The framework story follows the three Binkerton children on a time-travel journey back to "the Age of the Vikings." Throughout their adventures, they (and the reader) depend upon their vivid, rather informally written guidebook, Julian T. Pettigrew's Personal Guide to the Vikings, for information. Its pages appear at the bottom of each spread. The detailed illustrations, cartoonlike ink drawings with colorful washes, underscore the humorous tone of the story while detailing the material culture of the Vikings. After the story ends, a final page of text offers a map of exploration and some historical background, rounding out this brief, accessible introduction to the subject. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Top customer reviews
This book is perfect for initial exposure to the era. It is NOT a history book, but rather a picture book that is informative about culture and daily life during the period. The setup is conducive to minimally planned activities and notebooking, since each 2-page spread covers a different aspect of the culture.
We also have Usborne's Time Traveler and the two are similar in some ways. However, I have found that the information in each is unique enough to warrant both books. Additionally, my children think the "Adventure" books are just more fun.