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Summer Reading Is Killing Me! (Time Warp Trio #7)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  547 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Everyoneas favorite time-travelers are changing their style! The Time Warp Trio series now features a brand-new, eye-catching design, sure to appeal to longtime fans, and those new to Jon Scieszkaas wacky brand of humor.
Hardcover, 73 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Perfection Learning (first published 1998)
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Kendra
(Chapter Book)

Opening with three young boys being chased by a chicken this book is sure to make kids want to keep reading.

Even at my age this book kept me entertained with the time warp trio as they misplace their summer reading list into a magical time traveling book. The boys must find this book in order to save the characters in their summer reading list from an evil teddy bear. I found this book enjoyable considering I had read most of the books that these characters are from in the story.
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Monique Franco
Summer readings, indeed they are killer. When three boys, Joe, Sam, and Fred, get transported into a world of their summer reading list, they find themselves trapped where the villains of the books are trying to take over the good guys. With a crazed teddy bear directing the madness, the boys must figure out how to get back home.

I chose this book because there have been one too many summers where reading was an unplanned adventure. This book perfectly illustrates how even though opening a book
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Tessa
Joe, Sam, and Fred get sucked into their summer reading list. The characters from Peter Rabbit, Treasure Island, Frog and Toad, Charlotte's Web, The Twits, and other children's classics get all mixed up, with the villains, of course, conspiring to take over the stories. (I actually want to read the villian dominated stories: Frankenstein in Wonderland, The Devil in the Willows, Green Eggs and Dracula, etc.) The boys must set all the stories straight and somehow make it back home before getting e ...more
David
Years ago, there was a running joke among librarians who worked on the statewide summer reading program about the ultimate Summer Reading Program. It would be: READ or DIE! There were many related ideas: funeral homes would be sponsors, prizes from Halloween like skeleton key chains could be recycled, of course books as prizes, etc. I thought of this as I read Summer Reading is Killing Me! (Time Warp Trio #7) by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith.

The black-and-white illustrations are fun,
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Christina
The seventh installment is a bit different from its predecessors in that while it takes us to a real place, Hoboken, the characters are imaginary, brought to life by The Book. One of the boys leaves their summer reading list in the book and suddenly, they are transported to Hoboken and discover that all the characters from their summer reading list have come to life and are running all around town. Unfortunately, the bad characters have all banded together, are gathering up all the goody goody c ...more
Audra Sein
This is the seventh book in the Time Warp Trio series. In this book, the three friends, Joe, Fred, and Sam, go on another adventure together, through time and space, thanks to a magical book, referred to as The Book, which was given to Joe by his uncle. The story is told from Joe's point of view. It starts off with the boys discussing what they are going to do for the summer. Sam suggests that they get started on their summer reading, taking out the summer reading list. The list ends up inside T ...more
Clarcy
The Time Warp Trio: Summer Reading is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka was unexpectedly humorous. I enjoyed the way it took brining books to life to another level. Sam, Fred, and Joe are in possession of The Book which allows them to travel through time. When the boys summer reading list transports them into ALL of the books on the list at once, they find themselves faced with characters like Frankenstein, The Big Bad Wolf, and even Dracula. They must retrieve the book from the team of bad guy charact ...more
Yajaira
I read the book "Summer reading is killing me"the book looked interesting .One the reasons I liked it is because I made a connection when I figured out the kids in the story don't like reading in summer like me.The story was about many books they read ,but in the beginning it was about a chicken, then in the middle it was about a devil, and at the end it was a about about a bear.Another reason I liked because it had hard words and that would help me on my fluency. Also it was a little funny beca ...more
Caroline
A very cute book. I'd read a couple of pages of a different Time Warp Trio book a while ago, but when this popped up in my classroom library rotation, I figured I'd give it a real read. And how delightful it was.

The story centers around three boys who have a magic book that take them all over time and space. This time, it takes them into the lives of the characters from the books on their summer reading list. They have to escape this land before the bad characters destroy them.

The plot is relat
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Diana Pettis
Before you read this book with children, it is my opinion that they need to have heard of most of the stories that are referenced in the book. When reading this with Xander, I noticed that I had to stop and explain some of the story references. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the story.
Julie
I really liked how all the books on their summer reading list was worked into the story. It was fun to try and figure out which books the characters came from. Fun, easy read.
Catherine Yezak
Cute book. My kids would love to read it. They would say that having villains from books try to kill you is reason enough to not read.
Rio
I'm not sure this book is the greatest intro to Jon Scieszka. It seems a bit lazy and falls flat in some respects. The references to characters in other books are not developed at all. They're seeminglty thrown in to show the author is aware of the classics. I support Jon's desire to get boys into reading but throwing in a few names for skateboard tricks, which may or not be 'cool', and not requiring much imagination while reading leaves me disappointed. I'll try some of his other fiction but wh ...more
Rose
Fred, Sam and Joe - "The Time Warp Trio" - are out for summer vacation. Hooray! No more classes, no more books! They don't want to get anywhere near a book, especially THE BOOK. If they make the mistake of opening THE BOOK they'll get sucked right into it, literally. Too bad someone stuck the summer reading list inside THE BOOK. The familiar green mist spirals out of the book engulfing the boys and they find themselves in Hoboken confronting a 266 lbs. giant chicken, not to mention a myriad of s ...more
Patricia Bell
Trying to get boys to read books is tough...realizing you're not the only one is comforting. Thank goodness for the Time Warp Trio! We especially liked the scene where a girl character is just that, a girl character, because the boys haven't read any of the girl books on their reading list. We also enjoyed the whole reading list which was included in the library bound version because we were able to see which books we have already read and which ones we should probably read. We will never look a ...more
Dolly
Jul 25, 2009 Dolly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
This is the first book we've read about the Time Warp Trio. The storyline reminds us of an all-boy Magic Tree House, but a bit wackier. This story is great, with the characters from all sorts of childrens' fiction coming together in a good vs. bad battle. We've read a bunch of these stories, but I know our oldest missed some of the references. I loved it, and I look forward to reading more of the stories on their summer reading list!
Meredith Atkinson
Very clever, with a great list of books at the back.
Children's Literature
Do you hate summer reading? What if your summer reading tried to kill you? That is just what happens to Sam, Joe, and Fred when The Book sucks them into a world full of characters from their summer reading list. It’s the villains versus the good guys in this adventure, and it looks like the bad guys just might win. If you could be a villain or a hero from a book, who would you be and why? What books would you chose if you could make up your own summer reading list? Remember, there are great book ...more
Jillian
The trio is as entertaining as ever, and Scieszka manages to stuff an incredible number of childhood favorites into the battle between literary heroes and villains. "Dracula was dragging Winnie-the-Pooh in a headlock. Mr. Twit was breaking Harold's purple crayon," etc. The digs at Little House on the Prairie and "girly" books are especially amusing. I'd recommended it very highly for children, especially those who have read or will want to read the books mentioned, but it's not a bad 30 minute t ...more
Miriam Amaya
For a child who has not read all of the books that are mentioned in this book can get them a bit confused. There is a lot going on and there are many different characters from other books that they might not be able to picture exactly who these characters are. If a child knows who all of these characters are then it could be an interesting book for them. It has a bit of illustrations very simple not colorful just black and white that goes along with what is being said.
Ruth Ann
This is a short chapter book, part of the Time Warp series, about three boys and a magic book. In this installment, a summer reading list gets placed in the magic book and the boys are transported to a library where all the book characters have come alive. Though parts of this book are definitely clever and amusing, I think most of the jokes and literary references reluctant reader kids would miss or just not have the background to appreciate.
Kristine Pratt
"Frankenstein in Wonderland"
"The Devil in the Willows"
"Green Eggs and Dracula"

Oh my will someone PLEASE write these for me?

OK, this has been the BEST of the TWT books since I started reading them. I loved how all the characters from a ton of great books got all mixed together. I think they would probably interact...well...about like that.

THAT GIRL IS SCARY. O.o

Really a whole lot of fun. I can't recommend this one enough.
Lucia
As I was reading this to a group of surly elementary boys at a Community Center the other day, one smart*** said, "You got that right," in reference to the title. I would venture to say the little snot hadn't read a book all summer. Although I did laugh about his comment after I left.

I like the whole Time Warp Trio series. Great for boys. reluctant readers, and kids who want to get their books read to complete Summer Reading.
Kimberly
Terrible book. How can you expect children who have an enjoyment of reading level 30 DRA or M Fountas and Pinnell and have that much reference to books of all literary levels. Some of the books shouldn't even be part of an eighth grade summer reading list. I didn't read some of them until high school and/or college. And I still never read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Marianne (Mia) Emery
Three friends, the time-warp trio, travel, not through time, but to the library where they get all jumbled up with characters from books. The bad characters from the books have decided to do away with the good characters and the boys try to convince them that they are villains too. Loaded with action and suspense, the boys try to get back to the real world.
Colton Paul
While reading "Summer Reading is Killing Me!" I was pleasantly surprised with the story. I think a lot of students can connect with the characters on how they do not like to read during their summer break. Then being able to combine all of the different books made the children's book unique, at least in my view. I found it playful, entertaining and all around fun.
Nancy
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Carolyn
AR 3.9 -- 1.0

Time Warp Trio #7
Really like this one.
This author definitely has a handle on being a kid!
Nice booklist in the back for summer reading.

This book is motivating me to read other books that I have never heard of or read but were mentioned in this book.
Frank
This book is a fun book to read i really enojoyed it.The book is another one of those three kids who have the magical book that sends you back or foward in time.This time they are stuck inside a book list and they see all the characters as if they were real.
nicole
my favorite of this week's reading. great for hesitant boy readers. i like how it emphasized that reading takes you places and can be exciting. particularly liked the part where they can't figure out who the girl character is.
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Jon Scieszka is a writer and teacher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children. Occasionally he has been known to howl at the full moon. --from the dust jacket of "The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs"

Jon Scieszka is also the author of the best-selling ALA Notable Book, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, as well as Knights of the Kitchen Table, and The Not-So-Jolly Roger
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