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Viking It and Liking It (The Time Warp Trio Book 12) Paperback – April 26, 2004
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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
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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I didn't read this one, just the girls. We are using it with our homeschool history curriculum.
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? Do they have a chance of ever getting back to their own time?
Review: I thought this was an excellent story for the "Time Warp Trio" series. It was filled with adventure and suspense, because you never know who the good guys were. Some parts of the book were very interesting to read, like when Joe performs his tricks on the Vikings so that they don't throw them off the ship, or towards the end when the Time Warp Trio plan on saving Bold Leif and his group.
Even though I found the short verses sung by the characters in the group to be hilarious and funny, I did feel that the author did not have to put those character's names as "Bullshik" and "Fulluvit" because young children, on reading this book, would start imitating the names of the characters innocently, and it could be taken into the wrong context where someone might feel like the children are cursing. True, all Time Warp Trio books have a funny name for a character in each book, but I feel like those names are less harmful than names like "Bullshik" and "Fulluvit".
Apart from that one issue, I thought this book was a perfect addition the "Time Warp Trio" series. The illustrations provided by Adam McCauley blended well with the story, and I especially liked the drawings where Sam looks like a zebra having covered himself with Fred's zebra cape, or when Joe proudly defeats the Vikings from lifting him up.
Overall, I really liked this book for the thrilling story and adventurous climax, and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to read a children's adventure story.
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.
And there's the problem. Leif Eriksson's skald (like a minstrel) has the name Bullshik, which is funny in that all his rhymes sort of stretch the truth, but sounds like an absolutely forbidden word. (You show me a second grader who is going to resist saying that one out loud. I'll show you the other twenty-five second graders in the classroom who all got notes sent home for *not* resisting.)
At the end of the book, you get the Viking alphabet (excellent).
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