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Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  2,645 Ratings  ·  258 Reviews

Everyone's 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 Scieszka's wacky brand of humor.

ebook, 64 pages
Published April 26th 2004 by Penguin Group US (first published 1991)
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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.
Sep 29, 2015 Pedro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you could time travel, when would you go? The past, the future? What if something bad happens while you are travelling? This science fiction story is about a book that gives you the power to time travel. I really like this book. It is full of action and suspense.

This story takes place in a house on Joe's birthday. Joe gets a book from his uncle for birthday. The book helps them time travel. The conflict in the story is person vs. person because at first the kids are fighting a knight, then t
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
Chelsie Morrison
Nov 11, 2012 Chelsie Morrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-commercial
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
Feb 21, 2015 Jakey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 10, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be a good book to get a little boy interested in reading. It has just the things that would appeal to a boy's sense of humor. It was a cute story and a fun idea for a time-traveling series.
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!
Luke says: "I LOVE the Time Warp Trio books because they are so hilarious and ridiculous. The three boys are hilarious, even though they sometimes use inappropriate like 'stupid'. This book was about King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. "
Paul Large
Dec 03, 2016 Paul Large rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time warp is exactly what this book is! It was interesting as the main characters in the story were transported back in time to knights at the round table era. To me, it was kind of a history lesson because it gave some things that possibly could have been true to the time period. It was interesting to see how Jon Scieszka portrayed the knights because most of the time knights were seen as the protectors and the gentlemen of the era, and Jon does show that in his writing. Scieszka also was great ...more
What the book’s about:
The basic premise of the entire Time Warp Series is extra-meta. A magic book transports Joe, Sam, and Fred back in time so that they can have excellent adventures. Black knights and stinky giants are no match for these kids. Fun for kids to read and packed with entertaining twists on the typical chivalric cliches to keep parents amused as well.

Why The Nine-Year-Old thinks you should pick it up:
“It’s crazy the way the Time Warp Trio ended up in Camelot. Bleob the giant, y
Cute, quick read. My first grader chose it as his summer reading prize from the library, & he and his brother had some giggles. I think the jokes were a bit over their heads at times but still enjoyable. I'm only rating it 3 stars bc it definitely wasn't a favorite for them, but it is a nice easy chapter book.
I'm obsessed with this book and this trio. They all play off each other so well (I particularly like Sam). My favorite scene was when Sam takes on the Giant. Touche Sam, Touche. I don't know why I never read these as a kid, but I'm ready to binge read them. What can I say, I'm a sucker for time-travel!!
Dec 20, 2016 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads
Pretty cute - good for my mostly male book club.
Oct 05, 2016 Taryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, storytime
Probably more appealing to elementary school boys, this tale is imaginative and clever in its telling of an accidental time travel adventure to Camelot.
Eileen Seitz
Title: Knights of the Kitchen Table
Author: Jon Scieszka
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Genre: Fantasy
Theme(s): Confronting Fears, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Magic, Supernatural
Opening line/sentence: Halt, vile knaves. Prepare to die.
Brief Book Summary: Joe, Fred and Sam transported back in time because of a book from Joe’s magic uncle. They encounter many obstacles like dragons and giants and must work together to save themselves.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Children's Literature - Susie Wil
Jul 07, 2009 Brenna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hector Barrera
Apr 28, 2015 Hector Barrera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hey guys and girls, if you like Knights,wizard, and magic tricks this is the book for you. This book in a fiction and adventure because you go back when there was Knights and magic. I liked this book because it has wizard,Knights, and magic tricks and I liked things like that. If you don't like ***Spoiler Alerts*** you should not go on and sorry if you don't like that. This book will make you be a wizard or a knight because it has a lot of things that happen with that in this book.

If you are sti
Stephanie Hodkinson
Love this fun mix of history, fantasy and humor.
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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
Erin Cataldi
Oct 09, 2012 Erin Cataldi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
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
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
Amanda Harris
Feb 12, 2013 Amanda Harris rated it really liked it  ·  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
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
Aug 29, 2013 Louis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 22, 2009 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2016 Allison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth, bluestem, fantasy
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
Apr 09, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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
Rachel Marie
May 16, 2016 Rachel Marie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time Warp Trio: Knights of the Kitchen Table Book Review This is the perfect transnational book series for kids in grades kindergarten through second. I, as an adult and librarian loved it. It has a little something for everyone and is great to recommend to reader's looking for books similar to the Magic Tree House Series.

Joe gets a book for his birthday. But its not just any book its a magical book! They are suddenly taken back in time to Camelot and his knights. There are giants, dragons and e
Jun 04, 2013 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Time Warp Trio (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • The Not-So-Jolly Roger (Time Warp Trio #2)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy (Time Warp Trio #3)
  • Your Mother Was a Neanderthal
  • 2095 (Time Warp Trio, #5)
  • Tut, Tut (Time Warp Trio, #6)
  • Summer Reading is Killing Me! (Time Warp Trio #7)
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  • Sam Samurai (Time Warp Trio, #10)
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