on 5 December 2007
"Halt! Vile knaves! Prepare to die!"
So this book begins, the first in the Time Warp Trio series. It is a wonderfully entertaining romp of a book.
3 friends are transported back to the time of King Arthur and have to get back to their own time (1990s New York).
This book is EXCELLENT for reading to a class of junior age children: the humour and pace catch them. It is short - so it won't drag on for weeks. It has a definite structure so you can use it for written work ;-)
This is probably the most successful of the series and sets up the pattern of plot for many of the rest.
Overall: good for children aged 7-11 (and their teachers!)
There are lots of fine young adult titles in the fantasy, sci-fi, and quest genres, but I have been having a tough time finding good books at the chapter book level. They aren't very good as chapter books and they aren't at all good as fantasy.
The Time Warp Trio series, (there are at least seven volumes), has turned out to be a wonderful find.
The three boy heroes are resourceful, brave, and loyal to each other. The kidding around is funny and not mean. The overall tone of the books is cheerful.
The plots are sort of silly and a little forced, (a magic book transports them to a different adventure in each volume), but within a reasonable kids version of fantasy.
The books are not driven by farts and boogers or other cheap "reluctant reader" conventions. Rather, there is an actual adventure, usually with a problem (how to beat the giant, or how to get back home), that has to be solved.
Parents don't play a large role, but they also aren't portrayed as idiots or grumps.
Short paragraphs and chapters move the action along at a good pace.
This has turned out to be a good attention-holding read-with, and is a manageable read-alone. And as I look over my kid library, the series really does seem to be the only one filling the gap at that awkward early reader level.