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The Knights of the Kitchen Table (1991)

by Jon Scieszka

Other authors: Adam McCauley (Illustrator), Lane Smith (Illustrator)

Series: Time Warp Trio (1)

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The Time Warp Trio, by Jon Scieszka, was a really easy read with a very interesting story that any kid could find interest in. The book started off very quick and grabbed the reader very well. The main part of this book that I really liked was the plot of story, but what I liked about the plot was the simplicity of it. This book is based on the basic easy to follow one conflict at the beginning and one conflict to solve the original. The Time Warp Trio books are all based on the same basic plot which is very easy to read. Another aspect of this book that I like are the characters. While the characters were all boys, making the book not as interesting to girls or easy to relate to. These boys were very easy to connect to even at my age I could see myself in their shoes. Also any child could imagine being friends with any of them due to the great character development. The last thing I felt fondly about was the language that Jon used all around great writing. He uses language that is not only descriptive and picture painting but also language that a young child can read with easy and speed. With only 50 pages one would think the story is lacking or just shy of detail but Jon does a great job all around with all the books in this series. The big idea in this story was to use your brain not your muscle to fix a conflict. Great idea to teach young children not to hit people but to talk to them. ( )
  babshe1 | Oct 6, 2013 |
Fun book for young readers. A good book for older elementary students to learn how to write imaginative stories based on stories that they have already read or heard. Also good to teach how to write stories with a time warp. ( )
  sdpugh | Mar 28, 2013 |
This book is called Knights of the Kitchen Table. The reason i like this book is because its about nights. The reason i like nights is because They have armor and they are very strong.Another reason i like nights is bacause they get respect.They all have rune armor. The best armor thugh is rs armor. Thats why i like this book "Knights Of The Kitchen Table.
  Curtiss37 | Jun 1, 2012 |
This book is appropriate for students in grades 2-3rd. This book i about a boy Joe who receives a book from his uncle on his birthday. The book is very mysterious and has the power to make Joe and his friends to travel back in time to King Authors Court. The boys travel to lots of places giving the book lots of action. To find out how the boys travel back and forth through time students will have to read the series.
Teacher could use this book too:
-Read to the class at the end of the day or morning meeting. Have students make predictions of what they think is going to happen.
-Have students create their own story about traveling through time. Either forwards or backwards allow them to be creative as to what they would see or do in the time period.
  Ebinns | Dec 2, 2011 |
The Knights of the Kitchen Table is the first book in a series written by Jon Scieszka called the "Time Warp Trio." When Joe's magician uncle gives him a mysterious book for his birthday, the three friends find themselves time traveling back to King Arthur's court. The boys take on a black knight and a giant and find themselves in Camelot with the likes of Sir Lancelot, Sir Gawain and Merlin. With lots of action and humor this book is a sure hit for boys and girls alike. With only 55 pages this should be a good book for reluctant readers as well. There is no explanation, at least not in the first book, of how the book sends the boys back in time. Nor does it explain why they have found themselves in King Arthur's court. The story is not logical and there is no universal truth underlying the metaphor of the fantasy. While the plot may not be original or ingenious, the story is pure fun. The characters are not necessarily well developed but they do make you laugh out loud. This book is simply a lot of fun and children are sure to want to pick up others in the series.

Suggested grade level: 3-5. ( )
  shillson | Nov 19, 2011 |
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Sylvia S. Marantz (The Five Owls, September/October 1991 (Vol. 6, No. 1))
The comedy team of Scieszka and Smith, fresh from their triumphant spoof of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf (Viking, 1989) have done it again. This time, they have moved from picture book format to chapter books, but they have kept the books thin enough to be non-intimidating. They've also brought both their wonderful sense of fun and their understanding of what kids like to read to this new series called the Time Warp Trio. Just two adventures of Joe, Fred, and Sam, the intrepid trio, are available so far, but it's a good bet that there will be more, by popular demand. Scieszka writes simply and clearly, in accessible vernacular, with short chapters to encourage hesitant readers. Don't expect depth of character or development. Don't search for hidden meanings. These adventures are just for fun. Smith's art for the covers sets the tone with dark, spooky background, hand-calligraphed titles on the picture of the all important Book in the book, and exaggerated faces caricatured for laughs. His other illustrations inside are limited to black and white every few pages, but he manages to add to the story with them nonetheless. They are done in a very intense black, with the modelling that Smith always uses to give his figures three dimensions. They fit into the pages but are bursting with action, using cartoon-like conventions, but full of ther own grotesque humor and comic horror. Knights of the Kitchen Table begins right in the middle of an adventure, sucking the reader in. A huge knight in black armor confronts the three buddies in a clearing. Later, we find out how they got there. Joe's birthday present of a mysterious book from Uncle Joe the Magician turns out, when opened, to start the magic. The Black Knight is vanquished, in a scene worthy of Tom and Jerry, and the trio is off to Camelot with Lancelot to meet the rest of the Round Table. Here the boys manage to deal with Bleob the Giant, who is so disgusting only kids could enjoy him, and Smaug, a truly terrible dragon. But they seem stuck in the Middle Ages until Merlin bails them out. Of course Mark Twain did a much more complex version of this in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and more recently Gery Greer and Bob Rudick made a hit with a similar funny but more intricately plotted Max and Me and the Time Machine (Harcourt, Brace, 1983), but Scieszka's brief romp is successful just for what it is. I hope it is not sexist to say that boys generally read less than girls, partly because they seem to find fewer books available that grab their interest. We welcome Scieszka's tales of adventure and humor, with their strong appeal to boys. Incidentally, I think girls will enjoy them as well. 1991, Viking, $10.95. Ages 7 to 11.

added by kthomp25 | editThe Five Owls, Sylvia S. Marantz
Roger Sutton (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, July/August 1991 (Vol. 44, No. 11))
The "Time Warp Trio" consists of three friends, one of whom has received a wish-granting magic book as a birthday present from an uncle. The book sends them back in time to Camelot (Knights) and a desert island (Roger). The device is tired, the puns are weak, and the tone is too knowing. The jokes are dumb, mostly based upon the boys' anachronistic attitudes and slang: "Your mother was a sardine can," says Fred to the armored Black Knight. There are lots of sound effects, lots of explosions, and lots of disgusting emissions ("Ten brave knights fell like bowling pins, victims of gas warfare"); while it all adds up to standard fourth-grade chucklebait, the three boys are indistinguishable and the plots predictable. Smith's pen sketches have more personality than the text, but their new-wave weirdness only underlines the staleness of the stories. Scieszka's picture-book texts have proven him capable of tight, funny prose (see The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, reviewed in the 9/89 issue); books for newly independent readers deserve no less. Review Code: M -- Marginal book that is so slight in content or has so many weaknesses in style or format that it should be given careful consideration before purchase. Curricular Use: Reading, reluctant. (The Time Warp Trio) (c) Copyright 1991, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1991, Viking, 55p, $10.95. Grades 3-5.

added by kthomp25 | editThe Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Roger Sutton

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The Black Knight thundered toward us, his lance pointed directly at us. "Wait, I've got it," said Fred. And he grabbed our arms and pulled us together. "You guys stay close. On the count of three, Joe, you and Sam jump to the left. I'll jump to the right. One..." The Black Knight was so close I could see the straps on his armor. "Two..." I could see the buckles on the straps. "Three!" We jumped. The Black Knight clanked by like a runaway train. "Strike one," said Sam.
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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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When Joe, Fred, and Sam are sent back in time by a magic book, they find themselves face-to-face with giants, dragons, wizards, and the Knights of the Round Table.

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