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Jumpman Rule #1: Don't Touch Anything [Paperback]

James Valentine

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689868774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689868771
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,129,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite books 24 May 2004
By J. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
I have just finished one of the best books I've ever read - JumpMan Rule #1. Honestly, I cannot say enough about this fantastic book. Theo is a teenager from the year 15,000,073, where TimeJumping (time traveling) is not only possible, but the most popular form of entertainment for the people of the future. Of course, to avoid messing up all of history, everyone who TimeJumps is rendered invisible, and has to follow one rule: DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING. Theo has just won the opportunity to be the first kid to try out the new JumpMan, but instead of going to some cool place in history, he lands in a regular bedroom in the year 2004, just as one kid from our time, Jules, is about to ask his friend Gen out on a date. And to top things off, Theo's JumpMan won't send him back to where he came from.
While this sounds like a typical sci-fi/adventure novel, it is so much more than that. It presents enough awesome visions of future technology for science fiction fans, but the author also concentrates on what really matters in the book - the characters of Jules, Gen, and Theo. The level of detail the author has in his world is amazing. For instance, Theo's futuristic Coat, which can change color, length, and style, while simultaneously measuring the temperature, translating foreign languages, and monitoring the fat content of the food you're eating. But then there is the story of Jules just trying to be a regular teenager, which is hard enough without time travelers dropping in when you're trying to ask a girl out on a date.
This is just a really great book, and I can't wait for the other books in the series. I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good science fiction book, or just a good book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick action and unpredictable twists of plot 13 Sep 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Playstation and X-box have nothing over the toy of the future: a time-travel device which allows for visits to the past. There's only one problem with Theo's enjoyment of the latest model: it appears to be defective, and his interactions with peoples of the past increasingly holds dangers of changing the future. The debut titles in the newe "Jump-Man Rule" series by James Valentine, Don't Touch Anything provides quick action and unpredictable twists of plot, including romance, making it a most unusual, satisfying adventure story recommended for ages 8-12.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lyla Holly :) 16 Mar 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
In this science fiction book the author teaches lessons of friendship. Gen is the most popular girls in school, she knows how to dress, act, and ask out cool boys. Jules, considered to be the "new" kid in town, doesn't know how to dress, act, or ask out cool girls, like Gen. Theodore, the boy who appeared in the middle of the room, is a very knowledgeable person who can change his clothes by talking to his coat.
In their miraculous adventure Gen and Jules learn how to time travel and go with Theodore to many popular "JumpSites", where people from 3,000 years in the future can go to relive the past or be in a different period of time.
JumpMan Rule #1: Don't Touch Anything is a prequel to JumpMan Rule #2: Don't Even Think About It by James Valentine. In these books the author added in a few sections called "meanwhile". These sections let you know what is happening in the present and in the future.
I would recommend this book to boys ages 11-14 who love learning about time and the future will be in love with this book. Although I loved this book I don't think people who like the Twilight series would like this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumpman Review 1 Dec 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Jumpman Review

The book that I am reviewing is Jumpman by James Valentine. This book Theo, of the year fifteen billion and seventy three, gets to try out his new jumpman and lands in 2004. The first rule of time travel is: Don't touch anything and you aren't supposed to be visible. He realizes that something was wrong when he appeared, visible in Gen's bedroom while Gen and Jules were talking. Jules and Gen have to help get Theo back to his time before he evaporates.

Theo had won a "worlds" wide contest to test out the new jumpman and to his surprise it was defective. You are not supposed to be seen when you jump because you are supposed to be ten seconds behind what you are looking at. Theo shows up visible in Gen's bedroom and something very bad happens. Theo is not a very good at keeping secrets because now that he's visible Gen and Jules know a lot about the future and find out so many things that could have changed their life if they didn't know. Gen gets irritated very easily with Theo for not telling her things about the future but she and Jules don't understand how important it is to not know these things. Theo tries very hard not to "Spill the lentils," or "Let the armadillo out of the trunk." That's future language for spilling the beans and letting the cat out of the bag. He can not resist just letting future secrets just slip out accidentally. Jules is very easy to get annoyed and jealous. He can't stand to be interrupted or bothered when he is doing something important. You can tell just by what has been told that this book is completely insane and fun.

Every good book has to have a problem and in this one Theo gets sick. He catches a cold from the future which makes his body parts disappear and move around the room. He has to send Jules to the future to get his parents. When he returns with Theo's parents Gen's and Jules's Parents get suspicious because they keep thinking they see someone else in the room besides Gen and Jules. When Jules returns with Theo's parents............. Well you'll see what happens.

My absolute favorite part of this book was when Theo, Jules and Gen were talking about the people of the future who broke the rules of time travel. In this part they say Bill Gates came from the future and brought all the future technology and invented a lot of things to our time. The Code Cops couldn't fix the damage so he just stayed here. I think this part is hilarious because it they're talking about someone in our time that is so smart that it would make sense if he was from the future.

I think this book is so great because it's thrilling and leaves you hanging after every chapter. There are so many surprises in this book I recommend you read this book if your into sci-fi and/or realistic fiction. I would personally give this book five stars because I had a great time reading it and never ever wanted to put it down. I would not recommend this book for people who like historical fiction but if you do choose to read it I hope you read the second one also!
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamies Review 21 Nov 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
I read an awesome book titled Jumpman Rule 1: Don't Touch Anything by James Valentine. The books setting are in 2 places: In year fifteen billion and seventy three on earth and earth around now.

The main characters are Jules Santorini and Gen Corrigan, and Theodore Pine Four from the future. His nickname is Theo.

The main problem occurs when Theo appears and he is visible. He is supposed to be invisible. And he is only supposed to stay for 5 minutes, but he is there for much, much longer...

My favorite part was when Theo actually appears. It was just funny to think that there was Jules and Gen, and then Theo coming out of nowhere. I like this part because it is where it all starts and problems begin.

I really enjoyed this book because I enjoy futuristic stories such as these. I would recommend this book to people who like Sci-Fiction and like reading books of the future.
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