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Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp (Volume 3) Paperback – February 7, 2013
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About the Author
Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel, Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow, Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp. He was formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and now works in finance. He lives in Brooklyn.
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The book starts when the children return to Earth 50 years in the future, and Jacob is given the mission of locating his father who is missing in time. The first two books 'bopped' around space, this books 'bops' around time. The characters visit many times, including the Dinosaur Age, late-17th century France, and the Eighties, among others. Bransford keeps his education to a minimum, which works well with the fast pace, but younger readers are likely to be intrigued and go back for information about Einstein, Bonaparte, and, of course, dinosaurs.
One of the best things about Bransford is his wit. (Spoilers ahead) He makes jokes about eighties fashion, elephants popping into rooms (the elephant in the room), mammoth tipping and a therapist teaching early cavemen about their 'feelings'. The characters solve problems in their usual creative and surprising ways, which keeps the reader guessing and enjoying the zaniness.
As an adult, I'm aware of the underlying themes, and this relatively short book is packed with them. First, there is an overlying theme of rescuing the world from a misunderstanding that, if unchecked, will end in evil. In addition, each character faces their challenges - Derek continues to work on gaining self-confidence, bravery and independence; Sarah deals with an annoying younger sister, as well as misguided parents who are fighting for the wrong side; Jacob deals with the issue of trust in relationships - who to trust and how far he should trust them. The book reaches real depth and wisdom as Jacob meets his father, and accepts his father's limitations. A theme throughout the book is whether the children should change the past permanently or not. Jacob comes to terms with how the past has formed who he is, something he values and would not change.
Although I whole-heartedly gave this five stars, I will add that I would have liked more romance between Sarah and Jacob. But that's a quibble. This is a fun, fast, and bright conclusion that brings the series to a satisfying close (although, I have to add, I wouldn't mind if Bransford decided to extend the series!)
Highly recommended, although I do think younger readers will enjoy this best if they start with the first books of the series.
Mick provides the trio with a time machine as he explains for them to find Jacob's dad they must travel in time and space. Back in the Jurassic Period, Sarah's sister Chloe greets the threesome. At the same (relative) time, the Strangers deploy a time sensitive plan of genocide eradication of the Astral self-exiled earthlings who led by Father Albert went into space. Since his father is an Astral, Jacob knows he is on the termination list as hybrids must die too. They become separated in the dinosaur age, but reconnect when an older Dexter is an advisor to Napoleon.
The third Wonderbar time travel science fiction (see Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow) provides middle school children with an enjoyable action-packed thriller that never decelerates. The storyline is amusing though never deep as science is not the objective; fun entertaining reading is and Nathan Bransford achieves his objective with this wacky tale.