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The Time it Took Tom [Paperback]

Nick Sharratt , Stephen Tucker
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16 Oct 1998
Under an ominous black sky, the rain falls in torrents. The once tranquil Revere River swells sending the people of Grant, Massachusetts heading for higher ground--and Med Center. As flood victims pour into the hospital, the staff and volunteers dive into the life-and-death action.


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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (16 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590543237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590543231
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 10.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a time book with a difference. All it takes is a few hours for Tom to paint the living room completely red--about three seconds to decide what to do with the paint, five minutes to get the lid off, three hours of painting. Once his mother has calmed down--10 seconds of exploding, one day to calm down, it takes a further three weeks to put everything right. Each step in the recovery process is documented in Stephen Tucker's hilarious dead-pan text and Nick Sharratt's hilarious, colourful illustrations.

This is a very simple picture book which is ideal for reading aloud and sharing with young children who will delight in Tom's naughtiness and be fascinated by the steps necessary to put things right. Nick Sharratt's colourful, distinctive and very funny illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to this delightful picture story book. (Ages 3 to 7)


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5.0 out of 5 stars "Oh, Bum!!!!!" 3 Oct 2006
Format:Paperback
A fantastic book which has become my 4 years old favourite. Bright clear illustrations, lots to look at, great use of repetition plus introduces concept of passing time. My sons favourite bit is the time it took mum to calm down (lots of mild expletives from mum that crack my little boy up each time!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read 16 Jan 2013
By focada
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Easy to read, great rhythms and tells you all about time. Great. Well worth every penny you spend on this book your children will love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars The waters rising can the gang at Med Center survive? 21 July 1997
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This book was great. It was full of suspince and romance. It was easy to get into because people can relate to what is going on. This book I thought was better than the first Med Center book. Two of Abby's sisters are some were in the flood. Will Abby be able to find them? Will that brat Callie actually help Abby? Kate is traped in the Library and rain water is rushing in. Will Jeremy be here night and shinging armore. Will Susannah and Will confese there true feelings for each other. I guess you will have to read the book yourself to find out
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will, Susannah, Kate, and Abby are washed up in the action! 1 July 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first Med Center book I read, and think it's better than Med Center #1 - Virus. It is very action-packed, and it shows the strong bond between the main four characters - Susannah, Will, Kate, and Abby. When one of the four are missing, the others are very worried.

I also like this book because it shows the romance that is trying to happen between Will and Susannah. Will likes Susannah a lot, and Susannah likes Will a lot, but neither of them know how the other one feels toward each other. When Kate is locked in the library, and the library is flooded up to the ceiling, it's Jeremy (yet another semi-main character) whos comes to her rescue. Jeremy has had a crush on Kate since they were in elementary school, and now that crush pays off when Jeremy risks his life swimming to the library to look for Kate, and swimming away again, only to come back with a boat and save Kate's life.

Susannah's twin brother, Sam, has a flood party on the riverbank. Not a good idea, as Susannah, Will, and Kate know, but Sam couldn't live a day without being at a party or having one of his own, so he invites about a dozen people to this flood party. The water rises quickly, and Sam convinces a few people to leave while there's still time, but the rest are like Sam and they just want to party-hardy all night long. What will be in store for them?

I think this is a really great book. I loved the suspense and action and I think you would, too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Med Center # 2 Flood is a wonderful story to read!! 26 Sep 1999
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Med Center # 2 Flood is absoulutely wonderful!! It kept me in suspense, not knowing who was going to live or die, or who was never going to be the same after this newest crisis to hit Grant, Massachussets. I could hardly put it down!! If you enjoy stories set in hospitals, this is one of the best to read..
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