- File Size: 302 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PFE3GPC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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#1,543,646 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #834 in Books > Children's Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel
- #1233 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Science Fiction > Time Travel
- #3293 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel
My Dad Invented A Time Machine: The Machine of Time Book 1 Kindle Edition
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Fast paced and short, great for younger audiences.
Time travel - need I say more.
The using of clues to get through a hidden tunnel system was marvelous!
Lack of transitional details. While younger kids will think extra details and transitions bog a story down, I personally wanted more in this book. At times I was like, "Whoa. Who is that again? Where did she come from? She wasn't there a minute ago." While it's not necessarily that she wasn't there a minute ago, she just wasn't mentioned a minute ago.
Lack of character reactions. If a young boy were suddenly thrown with knowing his dad time travels, etc, he would react more than this main character did. I found this lack of realistic reactions consistent throughout the story.
Now, those cons being said, I still believe this is an excellent book for young readers, and quite possibly because of those "cons". Little ones don't realize all of the reactions real people have, and while it is important for them to learn these reactions (as I'm sure someone will mention that because everything has to be a "lesson" anymore) there are times when their little brains need to relax too. And I believe this book will provide them with a great adventure with which to do just that!
Overall, the writing was solid and imaginative. The dialogue is realistic, which is really important to me. The main character is witty and readers are sure to find him relatable. Y'know, minus the time travel stuff. ;-) There probably isn't a kid alive who hasn't imagined zapping themselves into the past or future, so readers will find this to be a delicious but quick exploration of that fantasy.
As this is a story of time travel, where the main character visits the future, there's a bit of world-building. Unfortunately I did find myself getting a little lost during the world-building, some of which is funny but bizarre (like Future Ralph, the walking, talking pop-up ad). My biggest struggle, however, was unraveling the hows and whys of the time warps. With maybe more story or explanation to back it up, I think I might have caught on. I've already admitted that I read this during a very busy week, so my mind is probably not as sharp as it could be. Other than that, the book itself was edited well.
Bottom line, this is a quick and enjoyable read perfect for (all, but particularly boys) middle grade readers.
This was a fun read for an adult (me) but quite appropriate for middle grade - boys or girls regardless of whether they understand or like football. The story hits on many realities of teen years from changes in friendships and the way peers react to each other to bullying. Some would say the teen years are always a time warp!