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It's All Greek to Me by Jon Scieszka
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It's All Greek to Me

by Jon Scieszka

Other authors: Lane Smith (Illustrator)

Series: Time Warp Trio (8)

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Summary: The Time Warp Trio were in the middle of a play about ancient Greece when they were actually transported there! The three friends must now find a way to outsmart all manner of gods and monsters in order to get back home.

Review: I thought this book was a very fun read. It is fast-paced, entertaining, and an excellent series for young readers starting to delve into chapter books. The only note is the gods are given a very humorous depiction, which is great for getting readers interested, but not necessarily true to history and lore.

Craft Elements/Lesson Activities: Which Greek god or goddess do you think you are most like? Why? ( )
  lmguest | Dec 9, 2016 |
"Fred, Sam, and narrator Joe are innocently performing a school play about Mount Olympus when "The Book" (a magic tome so dangerous it had been locked away) whirls them into the Greek underworld... A short glossary of Greek gods and monsters along with a pronunciation guide. (Ages 6 to 11) " --Richard Farr
  Bettyest | Jun 14, 2012 |
When the trio has contact with The Book, they are sometimes warped into a different, sometimes dangerous, world. Here, they find themselves face to face with creatures from Greek mythology such as Zeus and the gods, monsters, and a three-headed dog in Hades. In this series, the boys must find the book to return to where they came from. In this tale, they have to somehow retrieve it from the gods. With the book acting as some sort of portal or instrument of time-travel and being able to get monsters and characters of myth, fantasy, but science fiction.
  curtiss.wilson37 | Jan 21, 2011 |
A good example of science fiction because the laws of nature are extended to include time travel. When the trio has contact with The Book, they are sometimes warped into a different, sometimes dangerous, world. Here, they find themselves face to face with creatures from Greek mythology such as Zeus and the gods, monsters, and a three-headed dog in Hades. In this series, the boys must find the book to return to where they came from. In this particular tale, they must somehow retrieve it from the gods. With the book acting as some sort of portal or instrument of time-travel and being able to encounter monsters and characters of myth, it is evident that this is not only fantasy, but science fiction.

Media: charcoal ( )
  teddy5 | Mar 25, 2009 |
Lexile: 530
Reading Recovery: 21
DRA: 24
Fountas Pinnel Guided Reading: L
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  mr.crunkleton | Sep 17, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142401161, Paperback)

Great Zeus! Ace author-illustrator team Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (of Stinky Cheese Man fame) get together again for the eighth title in their popular Time Warp Trio series. Fred, Sam, and narrator Joe are innocently performing a school play about Mount Olympus when "The Book" (a magic tome so dangerous it had been locked away) whirls them into the Greek underworld. Armed with little but a fake thunderbolt and a spray-painted golden apple, they find themselves at the gates of Hades, confronting a slavering, three-headed, not at all mythical Cerberus. ("'Nice doggie, nice doggie, nice doggie,' said Sam.") After a lucky escape, they get to the "real" Olympus only to be embroiled in an increasingly dangerous series of disagreements with the cheeky, wise-cracking, bickering immortals. Will they ever find "The Book" on Olympus, as they must in order to get safely back to opening night? Well, yes--but only just. For the confused or curious, there's a short glossary of Greek gods and monsters along with a pronunciation guide. (Ages 6 to 11) --Richard Farr

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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.

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