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A Mighty Fine Time Machine

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Sometimes a box is not an ordinary box. In this instance, an aardvark named Grant and an armadillo named Antoine see its potential for something magnificent: a time machine! Under the supervision of their friend Samantha, an anteater, they cobble together a bunch of thingamabobs and hoozie-doozies to turn the empty box into a marvelous device for traveling through time. ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Boyds Mills Press
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Veronica
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Becky
Feb 09, 2009 Becky rated it it was amazing
Meet Samantha the anteater, Grant the aardvark, and Antoine the armadillo. These three star in Suzanne Bloom's latest picture book A Mighty Fine Time Machine. Can three friends make the impossible happen? Can they turn a seemingly ordinary box into a time machine? They can sure try! But Samantha's determination along with her keen insights make this one a fun read.

In what will probably be a rare occurrence, A Mighty Fine Time Machine had me at hello. Here's how it starts off,

"Boys," said Sam, "
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Rebecca
Apr 06, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Preschool and up
Shelves: picture-books
Of course a box can be a time machine. But what can it be if it simply won't work? This reminded me of Not A Box and also Scientific Progress Goes Boink. Fun for a box storytime, with some extra warm fuzzies for librarians.
Angie
Oct 08, 2010 Angie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture, 10-texas2x2
Oh, I LOVE this one. I've always loved her work ... A Splendid Friend, Indeed ... was super cute and also involved reading.

But this one ties in imagination and books and a bookmobile and fun words like bamboozled or hoozie-doozie.
Terry
Jan 27, 2011 Terry marked it as wish-list
Shelves: pb-fiction
Over at Young Readers, Becky characterized A Mighty Fine Time Machine like this: "I love the language. It is so expressive. So intelligent. I'm not sure intelligent is the right word. Is there a word that means clever but that also means really, really fun?" Makes it a must read. Here's her full review.
Drew Paige
Apr 27, 2011 Drew Paige rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Creative story about trying to build a time machine. Children love using their imagination for things like this and helps them know that they may not be able to build something like a time machine but can accomplish something really simple that will be just as fun to play with.
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Amy Brown
Mar 29, 2009 Amy Brown rated it really liked it
Several animals think they have a time machine but no matter what they try, it just doesn't work. Maybe it isn't a time machine? Maybe it is something else? Librarians will like the ending. Great for a box storytime or a storytime about imagination.
Teresa Garrett
Aug 21, 2010 Teresa Garrett rated it really liked it
An aardvark, armadillo, and an anteater endeavor to build a time machine out of a cardboard box and various machine parts. Unfortunately they fail and wind up making another successful item from the failed time machine.
Kristen
Jul 30, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
Charming! Three friends try to build a time machine from a cardboard box. "Flippers flapped. Wings whapped. Nothing happened." The language is fun and the ending is a nice surprise, especially for booklovers!
Beverly
Aug 18, 2013 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
What could be more cool than to turn a box into a time machine that doesn't work, then into a bookmobile that does work? Cute story with cute cartooney animals.
Molly
Mar 18, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book about a box and imagination. The only problem is it never really works. Until they turn it into.....must read. Ages No spoilers but librarian. Ages 5+
Alicia
This is a fun read aloud for about kindergarten. I loved the vocabulary, fun nearly inventive words would tie in to make a great context clue lesson.
Kim
May 26, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, library
Three friends try to build a time machine out of a cardboard box after reading about them but it doens't work. Ultimately it is turned in cardboard book mobile. Cute with good rhyming for storytime
Christine Turner
Feb 18, 2010 Christine Turner rated it liked it
Shelves: 2x2
An aardvark, an anteater, and an armadillo attempt to travel back in time when they turn a big box into a time machine. www.hcpl.net
Pat
Nov 18, 2015 Pat rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Simple story about friendship, play, and creativity made even more enjoyable by Bloom's unique illustrations.
Beth
Feb 14, 2009 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Three animal friends and a good bit of imaginative play, when the plan fails they turn to a new idea. A book lovers book and a few good laughs.
Morgan Groth
This is a great book for read aloud in any grade. It's a great book to encourage reading because it's about how reading can take you to new and interesting places. You can learn so much from books.
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Tina Bartholoma
Dec 15, 2010 Tina Bartholoma rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
box, books, reading, animals, bookmobile from time machine, good elementary level read
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