It's All Greek to Me
It's All Greek to Me

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Series: Time Warp Trio Vol. 8   

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Annotation: As they are about to go on stage, Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported back to the time of Zeus and the other gods in Greek mythology, who, strangely enough, behave much as the characters in the trio's class play.
Catalog Number: #159363
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1999
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: Smith, Lane,
Pages: 71 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240116-1 Perma-Bound: 0-605-79838-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240116-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-79838-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 99027377
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Once again the Time Warp Trio goes by the book and winds up face to snout with Cerberus. As the three-headed dog snarls at them, narrator Joe explains their arrival in Hades. They had planned to return The Book right after their school Greek Mythology Musical, but once again the green mist transports them farther and stranger than we'd gone before. On Mount Olympus, the trio trades snappy one-liners and insults with the gods, and confront such legendary monsters as Typhoon and the Chimera. The resolution comes quickly and conveniently, with the boys awaiting their next adventure. For some kids, this will be a stretch, but the usual smart-guy humor will draw them in. A list of gods and monsters is appended for quick referral, with such explanations as Aphrodite: Goddess of love and beauty, and she knows it. Scieszka and Lane Smith, who has illustrated all the books in the series, have devised a nifty formula, and they deserve credit for leading kids farther and stranger than they would ordinarily go. (Reviewed November 15, 1999)
Horn Book
The Larry, Moe, and Curly of time travel are back, this time getting themselves stuck in their own irreverent play about Greek mythology. Fans of other books in the series will find much to chuckle over, such as the one-liners traded by Hera, insult queen of Mount Olympus, and Sam. Included are a cast list of all the gods and goddesses and tongue-in-cheek instructions for making props.
Kirkus Reviews
Scieszka and Lane's intrepid heroes of The Time Warp Trio are once again up to their necks in very silly historical circumstances. Joe, Fred, and Sam are horsing around during their school play—which they wrote themselves—about the ancient deities of Greece. When a cardboard thunderbolt accidently hits the magic blue book stashed in Joe's backpack, the three boys are transported back to ancient Greece—or so they think. When they meet some of the wisecracking gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus, they realize they've been transported to the fictionalized Greece of their play, complete with dialogue they wrote using "The Book of Snappy Insults." While flinging around backhanded compliments with Hera (who's not bad on the uptake), the three time travelers try to locate their blue book of magic so they can return home. Instead, they end up as that night's entertainment for the gods. The opening jokes fall flat, but then Joe comes up with some last-minute parlor tricks. Just when everything's going well, a pack of Greek monsters arrives, and the mountain top threatens to become a battlefield. The wordplay is still fast and funny, and fans of the series will not mind that the deities have become sort of stock types; the abundance of goofy Groucho Marx-style zingers will keep everyone else smiling. (Fiction. 7-11)
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Word Count: 8,979
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 2122 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.1 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q21523
Lexile: 600L
Guided Reading Level: P
Fountas & Pinnell: P

Everyone’s favorite time-travelers are changing their styles!  The Time Warp Trio series now features a brand-new, eye-catching design, sure to appeal to longtime fans, and those new to Jon Scieszka’s wacky brand of humor.

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