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Knight Of The Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  1,608 ratings  ·  196 reviews
Magician Uncle Joe's birthday present entitled "The Book" swirls green mist and grants pal Fred's wish to "see knights and all that stuff for real", sending Sir Joe the Magnificent, Sir Fred the Awesome, and Sir Sam the Unusual to King Arthur's castle opposing the Black Knight, grossly smelly giant Bleob, and fire-breathing leather-winged iron-clawed green dragon Smaug. Fr...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published May 12th 2003 by Puffin Books (first published 1991)
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This is the first book in Jon Scieszka's Time Warp Trio series. Overall, this is a fun book in which Joe, Sam and Fred find themselves transported back in time to Arthurian England, thanks to a book Joe received from his uncle, Joe the Magnificent (a magician), for his birthday. These 20th century kids defeat the black knight before running into the Knights of the Round Table and meeting all of the characters of Arthurian legend: Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Merlin. When the castle is beset...more
In the true vein of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. I just wish I could get more of my students to give a book like this a try, instead of reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid for the 17th time.
Chelsie Morrison
The Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table is the first book in the Time Warp Trio series. These stories are full of humor, adventure, and suspense and are sure to keep the reader on their toes!

Knights of the Kitchen Table begins at the birthday party of one of the main characters, Joe, at his house in New York City. He is celebrating with this two best friends, Sam and Fred, as well as his mom and dad. His mother gives him a present from his uncle, Joe the Magnificent, a practicing magi...more
Bought this book years ago (something like 8 of them) when I was managing a discount bookstore. We had lots of Time Warp Trio stuff, and the owners talked it up, so I picked them up to read so I could sell them better...and just never did. Finally, after all this time, looked down at my small stack of the first four books and decided to try them out.

It is ok. It is fairly slight as a story, with only a couple of encounters with an tension, but has some interesting properties: it introduces some...more
I like the part where the black knight fell down. He first said, "None shall pass!" and then he said, "Prepare to die!" His lance was so big, at the end it had a very crooked end. The story went back and forth and back and forth. We should have read it in order, so Chapter 2 first and then Chapter 1.
I love this book in so many ways, for so many reasons - and I can't believe it's taken me this long to read it! I kind of want to plow through the entire series...but I don't have time. :( Then again, they're super short... so maybe I can pull off one a week or so!
I listened to the audio version of this book, which is part of a 2-book set.

I found this book to be quite entertaining. At first there was the problem of getting to know the three boys who are the main characters, and being able to differentiate them in terms of their interests.

The story was quite creative in dealing with the age of Arthurian knighthood. The inclusion of baseball was a nice nod to "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Twain, as was the use of Smaug the dragon in a n...more
Erin Cataldi
Having been a fan of Jon Scieszka and his humorous fairy tale adaptations (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Odd Tales, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs) I was more than happy to sit down and read one of his beginning reader novels. The Time Warp Trio is a cute little series and Knights of the Kitchen Table is the first in the series. This story follows three young boys as they are magically transported back through time to the age of King Arthur and the knights of the round table. T...more
One of the best things about being a mom is reading Michelle's books. This was one I spied at the library and picked up for Michelle. I LOVE Jon Scieszka (and I thought Streutker was a tough name!) and couldn't wait to see if this book was as clever and silly and fun as The Stinky Cheese Man or The True Story of the Big, Bad Wolf.

I was not disappointed. I was able to read it in one very short sitting (while Michelle swam today - less than an hour), and it was delightful. It is sort of a "fractu...more
Nicole Hassan
This book was about three friends, Joe, Fred, and Sam. On Joe's birthday, his uncle, a magician, gives him a book. When they open it, one of the boys wonders what it would be like to see real Knights. All of a sudden, all the boys are pulled into a different time period of knights and castles. As soon as the boys realize where they are, a knight tries to attack them. They convince the king they are wizards so they do not get killed. They finally get back when a real wizard finds a book with a pi...more
Amanda Harris
Feb 12, 2013 Amanda Harris rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 2nd or 3rd Graders
The "Knights of the Kitchen Table" is the first in a fun little series from The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka. While celebrating Joe's birthday, a little box wrapped up in black and gold is discovered at his party. Joe opens the box and discovers it is a present from his uncle Joe, who is a magician. It's a magic book and instantly Joe's friend Fred makes a wish. Joe, Fred, and their other friend Sam, are magically transported back through time to the age of King Arthur and the knights of the r...more
It is Joe's birthday, and his uncle sent him an odd present- a magical looking book. Indeed it is magic. It transports the three friends back to King Arthur's time where they will battle a giant and a dragon. Most important of all, if they live, they must find a way back home.

I was looking for another funny series to read aloud with my daughter and ever since reading Science Verse and Squids will be Squids, I am a Jon Scieszka fan. Since each book in the series takes place in a different histori...more
One minute, Joe and his friends are sitting around his kitchen table as he opens a birthday present from his Uncle Joe; the next, they find themselves being run down by a black knight!

It turns out Joe, Sam, and Frank have been transported back in time to Camelot. And Camelot is being attacked by an angry giant AND an angry dragon at the same time! Also, Merlin doesn't believe they are magicians. It's up to the trio to save the castle, prove their skills, and somehow make it back home.

I was hooke...more
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Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported back in time by The Book, a birthday present from Joe’s uncle. It contains pictures of knights and castles, and when Fred says, "Wouldn't it be great to see the knights," the boys are surrounded by smoke and disappear. They find themselves face-to-face with the Black Knight who calls them demons, sorcerers, and foul wizards and vows to kill them. The boys’ quick wits as well as the knight’s armor and heavily armored horse work against him. Fred ends up knocking...more
This is one snooze of a book. Given that it deals in mysticism, magic, dragons, giants, and evil knights, that's quite the accomplishment.

The first installment of The Time Warp Trio's adventures, Knights of the Kitchen Table, presents the reader with three young boys - names are incredibly unimportant, given that the three are essentially the same generic character - at a birthday party, discovering a magical "book" entitled Book, which seemingly grants time traveling wishes. It isn't exactly gr...more
When his Uncle gives him a magical book for his birthday, Joe and his two best friends are transported back in time, where they encounter the knights of the round table, a giant, the famous sorcerer Merlin, and a dragon. This fast paced transitional chapter book is thematically similar to Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Treehouse and should appeal to fans of that series. This first book in the series ends satisfactorily but whets the readers' appetite for the sequels. The book's short length and gener...more
“Knight of the Kitchen Table” is the first book of “The Time Warp Trio” book series. This book introduces us to the tree main characters Fred, Sam, and Joe. As it turns out Joe, who narrates the story, and his friends have somehow ended up back in time with the Black Knight attacking them. Joe explains that his birthday gift from his uncle, Joe the magician, caused this. Apparently the gift he received was a magic book able to transport people to the time and place depicted in its pages. The sto...more
We agree that you can’t judge books by their covers, but with titles like Knights of the Kitchen Table, Your Mother was a Neanderthal, and Viking It and Liking It, kids will be hooked before even opening these enjoyable chapter books. Scieszka’s series, complete with funny illustrations, tells about the adventures of Joe and his friends Sam and Fred. Joe’s magician uncle sends him a mysterious book for his birthday that allows the three to travel through time. They visit places/eras like Medieva...more
As much as I love Jon Scieszka, I had never gotten around to reading any of his Time Warp Trio series before. I don't know why, because I read this first title in the series in about 20 minutes! I can see why these books are great for boys who don't want to sit still for long, who like funny books, and who like action and adventure (aka, almost all boys!). When Joe's magician uncle gives him a magic book for his birthday, he and his two best friends are transported back to the time of King Arthu...more
For his birthday Joe receives The Book from his Uncle Joe, or to use his stage name, Joe the Magnificent. Uncle Joe is a magician and The Book is really magic. So when Joe’s friend Fred, opens The Book to the picture of a fierce knight in black armor, and says to Joe and their friend Sam, “'Wouldn’t it be great to see knights and all that stuff for real?’ Wisps of pale green mist began to swirl around” them, and the three “find themselves facing death by shish-kebab” on the lance of the charging...more
Veronica Boeve
What's wrong with time travel, three boys, the Middle Ages, and a dragon? NOTHING. This book was so fun and so funny! I would easily recommend the series to any young boy or reluctant reader. It left me wondering, how did I not know about this book when I was younger?
This series is a great read for 6-10 year old boys. Suspenseful yet silly adventures of all sorts to grab their attention and challenging vocabulary make them smarter :) I've been reading them aloud with my 1st grader and he laughs out loud at the cheekiness of them.
An Odd1
"Knights of the Kitchen Table" (The Time Warp Trio #1) by Jon Scieszka (like seska) enhanced by exaggerated angular black shaded drawings by ilustrator Lane Smith. Magician Uncle Joe's birthday present entitled "The Book" swirls green mist and grants pal Fred's wish to "see knights and all that stuff for real", sending Sir Joe the Magnificent, Sir Fred the Awesome, and Sir Sam the Unusual to King Arthur's castle opposing the Black Knight, grossly smelly giant Bleob, and fire-breathing leather-wi...more
Jennifer Kennedy
Knights of the Kitchen Table is part of the Time Warp Trio series. Regrettfully, I haven’t read any of the other Time Warp Trio books. The story begins mid disaster with an ominous mid-evil knight charging three modern day boys. The reader soon learns that the story actually began with three boys, Joe, Sam, and Fred celebrating Joe’s birthday. After opening a mysterious gift from Joe’s magician uncle they are transported back in time to King Arthur’s court! They are immediately confronted with...more
Found these books and ordered them for the RIF distribution at Victor's school and I tried to talk him into them but he got something else. So the other day at the library he was having trouble finding a book so he asked me what was that book I suggested and we looked it up on the computer. He read it quickly and was all about getting another one today so I figure I had better check them out. Well these are short and delightful reads I was laughing and reading parts out loud to Kel. Kelton and I...more
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Joe’s uncle gives the best birthday presents. Maybe it’s because he’s a magician. But this year Joe’s uncle gives him a mysterious blue book. Books are no fun, right? Wrong! This book transports Joe and his best friends Fred and Sam back to King Arthur’s Camelot, and being a knight isn’t so easy. The Time Warp Trio use creativity, science, and just plain luck to defeat the Black Knight, a stinky giant, and a grouchy dragon. The boys might be heroes and the newest members of Arthur’s Roundtable,...more
Aug 10, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the first book in the Time Warp Trio series and although we've already read two other books in the series, we haven't felt like we've missed out. As it's the first book, we are introduced to the boys and find out how they first came across "the Book." The story is a bit menacing (not truly violent, though) for my tastes, at least while reading to children, but I can see how boys would love it. Indeed, our girls really like the stories as well. And best yet, I love them, so it makes it ev...more
Miss Carman
Three boys are sitting in the kitchen at a birthday party until they open a strange present from Fred's uncle the magician. It just looks like a strange book, but before they know it, they're in Camelot where a black knight looks like he's going to attack.

A book of kids from today back in the middle ages, facing down dragons and giants, this is a funny book. This book is by Jon Scieszka, author of the Stinky Cheese Man and the True Story of the Three Little Pigs, and people who liked those book...more
Great read are always grossed out by the giant. Great series for reluctant readers or someone looking for a funny quick read. 16 books in the Time Warp Trio series.
Meghan Erena
This book is the beginning book to what seems to be a fun adventure series. The book begins right in the action, which will quickly grab a young readers attention, then goes back to explain how the characters got there. Three boys at a birthday party receive an unusual gift and are transported to the past and get to help Sir Lancelot and the Knights of the Round Table. The action, knights, giants, and dragons will be good attraction factors for boys to pick up the book and read. With the adventu...more
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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...more
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