See You Later, Gladiator
See You Later, Gladiator

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Series: Time Warp Trio Vol. 9   

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Annotation: Joe, Fred, and Sam demonstrate some of their favorite professional wrestling moves, including the "Time Warp Trio Blind Ninja Smackdown," when they're transported to ancient Rome and forced to fight as gladiators in the Colosseum.
Catalog Number: #265516
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Chapter Book Chapter Book
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2000
Edition Date: 2004
Illustrator: McCauley, Adam,
Pages: 87 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-14-240117-X Perma-Bound: 0-605-21350-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-14-240117-0 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-21350-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 00040431
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The Time Warp Trio returns in yet another outrageous, warp-speed adventure. This time the travelers are propelled back to ancient Rome, through gladiator training school and into the Colosseum, where they confront viscious crocodiles and knuckleheaded bruisers in an amphitheater filled with thousands. As always, the trio's capers are short on logic but long on heart-pounding, clever escapes, and the historical details are easily woven into the adventure and balanced with hilarious, often gross-out humor. Another winner for fans of the series. Slightly stylized, geometric drawings by Adam Mccauley illustrate.
Horn Book
Joe, Sam, and Fred are off on another adventure--this time to ancient Rome. They introduce food-fighting to the students at a gladiator school, show off TV wrestling moves in the Colosseum, and hunt down the book that will return them to the present. It's all madcap fun, as usual; what's unusual is that this is the first volume in the series not illustrated by Lane Smith.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>Never ones to learn from past mistakes, Joe, Sam, and Fred, collectively the Time Warp Trio, again horse around until they knock open The Book and are whisked away to another era. This time it's ancient Rome, and a gladiator school run by one (don't you dare laugh) Dorkius. Losing no time setting off a food fight in the gladiatorial lunchroom and getting on the wrong sides of aptly named Horridus and Brutus, off they hie to the newly built Colosseum, to woo the crowds with some WWF-style razzle-dazzle, lead their hulking nemeses on a merry chase through the streets of Rome, and reclaim The Book, their ticket to the present, from a Vestal Virgin. As usual, the tale tumbles along at a frantic clip past cliffhangers, wisecracks, and even some subliminal tidbits of facts, the last capped by a handy list of English/Latin phrases, such as "Which way to the vomitorium? / Qua via itur ad vomitorium?" Even with a new illustrator slipping into Lane Smith's accustomed place, the Time Warp Trio continues to rule the "skinny book" shelves with just the right hook for that elusive not-quite-avid-reader audience that loves them. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)</p>
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Joe, Sam, and Fred didn't mean to open Joe's magic book again, but while they were wrestling, they bumped into the bookcase and now they are back in the golden age of Rome, trying to do as the Romans do, as gladiators. Will their moves, culled from hours of watching WWF, impress in the Coliseum, or are they history? Fear not-the boys triumph in the arena, using their cleverness and ingenuity against tridents and swords. Scieszka has an ear for the fast-paced language and sense of humor of school-aged kids and this book continues to illustrate his talents. McCauley's black-and-white cartoons are a perfect match for the action-packed text. This is an excellent addition to the series and fans of the "Time Warp Trio" will shout "thumbs up" for these three would-be gladiators.-Kate McLean, Dekalb County Public Library, Tucker, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Word Count: 10,769
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 44955 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.3 / points:5.0 / quiz:Q23389
Lexile: 660L
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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