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Summer Reading is Killing Me! (Time Warp Trio, No. 7) (edition 2004)

by Jon Scieszka

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Title:Summer Reading is Killing Me! (Time Warp Trio, No. 7)
Authors:Jon Scieszka
Info:Puffin (2004), Edition: Edition Unstated, Paperback, 80 pages
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This is the story of the Time Warp Trio, made up of Fred, Sam, and Joe. This trio has a series of time traveling adventures, but in this particular tale, the Summer Reading list gets accidentally stuck in their time traveling book and they end up being transported to a Hoboken NY where all the characters, good and bad are all mixed up and roaming free.
This book references a lot of children's literature, and would be really fun for a student who has read a lot. Even with out having read all the referenced this book a fun look into a crazy world where all kinds of different characters are all mixed up. I read some of the other books in the Time Warp Trio series as a kid, and the premise of time travel and mixing up with literature is an intriguing idea.
  maryganderson | Sep 17, 2018 |
Fitts read. An easier read than the others and funny. Follow the adventures of three boys who find themselves inside their Summer Reading list. They run into all sorts of characters ranging from Pippi Longstocking and Winnie the Pooh to Frankenstein and Long John Silver.
  geraldinefm | May 11, 2018 |
This is a funny and engaging book. It follows the adventures of three boys who find themselves inside their Summer Reading List. They run into all kinds of familiar characters ranging from Pippi Longstocking and Winnie the Pooh to Frankenstein and Long John Silver.
This must be a really fun book for young readers. There are so many books in the series for them to keep reading, so I imagine it is somewhat like The Magic Treehouse books.
  meggienell | Apr 15, 2016 |
Children’s Fantasy

Characters: children-Sam, Fred, Joe,

Setting: present day, summer, library, in children’s stories

Theme: good v. evil

Genre: Fantasy and Science Fiction

Summary: "The Book" was a gift from Joe's uncle and it allows the time warp trio-Sam, Fred and Joe to travel through time and this time they travel to the library and meet characters, and get "into" the stories on the summer reading list. The bad characters are trying to get rid of the good ones and take over their stories. A girl from a story the boys are not familiar with, helps them. Filled with humor and references to dozens of children's stories.

Audience:Grades 3-6

Curriculum ties: literature, summer reading programs

Personal response: Fun science fiction/fantasy.It is very fun for those that are avid readers, even those with a basic familiarity with children's literature should also enjoy the adventure, non-readers won't understand. Lane Smith's black-and-white illustrations are characteristically crazy and compliment the plot.
  msgudgeon2 | Mar 24, 2013 |
This is a kid's version Jasper Fforde. The time Warp trio are looking forward to a summer without adventure, when they leave their summer reading list inside the magic book, and all of the characters come to life. Of course, the villains band together to take over the world!
It is very silly, but amusing, and the booklist at the end is a lovely touch.
I'd give this to kids looking for funny stories, and older kids who will be very familiar with the myriad of characters. ( )
  francescadefreitas | Nov 27, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142401153, Paperback)

Sam, Fred, and Joe--the Time Warp Trio--find themselves face-to-beak with a giant, 266-pound chicken ... who, unfortunately, looks hungry. As the chicken begins to chase them, the boys realize with horror that they are smack-dab in the middle of Daniel Pinkwater's The Hoboken Chicken Emergency! How did they get there? Fred accidentally stuck the school's summer reading list between the pages of "The Book"--a time-warping, green-mist-expelling book that triggers time travel in all of Jon Scieszka's well-loved Time Warp Trio action-adventures.

In Summer Reading Is Killing Me!, illustrated by innovative artist Lane Smith, the boys find themselves trapped in a dreadfully skewed literary world where Joe, the narrator, says "I saw Homer Price being carried by the Headless Horseman. Dracula was dragging Winnie the Pooh in a headlock. Mr. Twit was breaking Harold's Purple Crayon." It becomes the boys' charge to find "The Book" and yank the summer reading list out of it before children's literature is destroyed forever as the "bad" characters knock off the "good" characters and take over the stories. The literary references accelerate to a breakneck pace: "We stepped over a very hungry caterpillar eating his way through a dictionary.... We made our way through a crowd of Robinson Crusoe, a blue moose, Julie with some wolves, a snowman, a plain and tall lady named Sarah, a kid with a hatchet, and a very confused-looking Robin Hood helping Eeyore reattach his tail." Whether or not young readers register every literary allusion is inconsequential--Summer Reading Is Killing Me! is a rollicking, sarcastic, ultraweird, suspenseful adventure that kids will like regardless. And for teachers, parents, and librarians who are deeply enmeshed in kid-erature--it's purely delicious. (Ages 8 and older) --Karin Snelson

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At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children's books.

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