The Not-So-Jolly Roger
The Not-So-Jolly Roger

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Series: Time Warp Trio Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Joe receives a mysterious book from his uncle and soon Joe and his friends travel back in time to a pirate adventure on the high seas.
Catalog Number: #218142
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 1991
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: Smith, Lane,
Pages: 57 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240045-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-08289-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240045-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-08289-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 92044485
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Two short books about the magical adventures of three boys will have appeal to those looking for a little action. One story tells of the three friends and their visit to King Arthur's court, and the other is about their meeting with the infamous pirate, Blackbeard. Very quick, a bit violent - though all in fun - and filled with slapstick humor.
Kirkus Reviews
A second ``Time Warp Trio'' story (cf. Knights of the Kitchen Table, above), only slightly less clever than the first. The boys now find themselves on a desert island. Blackbeard comes to bury treasure—and his two helpers; he catches the boys and takes them to the pirate ship (Israel Hands is among those aboard). There's some suspense, more slapstick, and the singing of some fine chanteys before the boys are again saved by The Book. Smith's funny/wicked pirates make an excellent contribution. `` Historical afterword'' on Blackbeard; another (tongue firmly in cheek) on the boys. (Fiction. 8-12)"
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-- A book from his magician uncle transports Joe and his friends, Fred and Sam, back in time to swashbuckling adventures fraught with dangers at every turn. In the first story, quick thinking and daring-do save them from a fire-breathing dragon and a foul-smelling giant; in the second, an encounter with the dreaded Blackbeard almost causes their demise. Tongue-in-cheek humor, laced with understatement and word play, makes for laugh-out-loud reading, as verbal insults are hurled, and the boys outwit their foes. Villains and heroes clash, as do modern and archaic language and dress, causing misunderstandings and mayhem. Short, easy-to-read sentences and lots of zany dialogue perfectly suit the breathless pace. Smith brings new dimension to black-and-white drawings, as looming villains tower over the trio, brandishing swords or lances, and the boys escape their captors. A true melding of word and pictures, and jolly good fun. --Trev Jones, School Library Journal
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Word Count: 6,829
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 8542 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:3.0 / quiz:Q08490
Lexile: 650L
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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