Sam Samurai
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Series: Time Warp Trio Vol. 10   

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Annotation: Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported to seventeenth century Japan where they infuriate a Samurai warrior, encounter their great-granddaughters, and save their lives by reciting an ancient form of poetry.
Catalog Number: #259913
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2001
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: McCauley, Adam,
Pages: 85 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240088-2 Perma-Bound: 0-605-91116-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240088-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-91116-1
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2001002117
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
In their latest slapstick historical journey, the Time Warp Trio spins back to seventeenth-century Japan, mixing with Samurais and royalty for more nail-biting adventures, near catastrophes, and raucous humor. But there's a new ingredient in this title: poetry. The fun of making up haikus plays a large role here, and even readers sworn off poetry will find themselves captivated by Scieszka's use of haiku and haiku-esque observations in the text, particularly towards the end. The blend isn't always seamless and sometimes it's contrived, but Scieszka makes it work by keeping the laughs and the irreverence high--tough to do with spare, reverent poetry. Fans of the series won't be disappointed, and teachers looking for poetry materials may also find classroom ideas here.
Horn Book
A school haiku-writing assignment is responsible for Joe, Fred, and Sam traveling back in time to seventeenth-century Japan. A fortuitous meeting with their own time-traveling great-granddaughters saves the boys from having to contend with the questionable intentions of a future samurai shogun. The lightning pace and breezy tone make this an amusing, quick read.
Kirkus Reviews
Guys writing poetry? What a radical concept. Horsing around over a homework assignment, the Time Warp Trio inadvertently utters a haiku near The Book, and is "flushed down four hundred years," to ancient Japan where, after heroically wiping out an empty suit of samurai armor, nearly getting sliced into sushi by plug-ugly samurai Owattabut (guess why) and meeting their own granddaughters (see 2095 , 1995) paddling along on a temporal jaunt of their own, the three entertain the great Ieyasu Tokugawa himself with a string of haiku that propel them back to Brooklyn—but merit only a C- from their teacher, Ms. Basho. Aswirl with mini-lectures and crumbs of general information about Japanese poetry and society, the arbitrary plot line and wiseacre dialogue will elicit the usual rumbles—of laughter, that is. It's not the freshest of the Trio's escapades, but the author plainly isn't ready to throw in the bowel—er, towel, quite yet. (Fiction. 9-11)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-The Time Warp Trio is off again! This time, Sam, Fred, and Joe are working on a haiku writing assignment when they accidentally trigger their time travel Book and are transported back to old Japan. According to the rules, they can't return to the 21st century until they find the Book in the past. Unfortunately, it tends to hide in difficult and dangerous places-and important features like its "Auto Translator" keep malfunctioning. Posing as itinerant entertainers, the three friends encounter the warrior samurai Tada Honda, his cruel war leader Owattabutt, and even their own great-granddaughters who are time-traveling from the future (and who have a much more advanced understanding of the process). Haiku verses are sprinkled through the text. Elements of Japanese history blend with wild anachronisms and off-the-wall humor in an adventure that will be welcomed by children. The short text and snappy humor make the story a good choice for reluctant readers.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Word Count: 10,833
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 54443 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.1 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q27570
Lexile: 550L
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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