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Oh No! Not Again!: (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History)

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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  676 ratings  ·  158 reviews
Some kids are too smart for their own good...and maybe for everybody else's good. The overly ambitious little girl from Oh No! is back for more. But this time, she doesn't have a humongous problem, she has an EPIC crisis on her hands: a mere A on her history test! There's only one solution: travel back in time to 33,000 B.C. to make her wrong answer right! Mac Barnett and ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
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Peter Heinrich
Great illustrations. The sight gags are clever but completely above the intended audience. Normally, I would appreciate this "multi-level humor" and the effort that went into providing a little something extra for the parent, but in this case there's nothing for the kids. Ok, there are some cavemen dressed up sorta funny, but not so funny that a 6-year-old is entertained by the pure joyous silliness of it. If he isn't, that just leaves the subtle irony of a caveman too dim to use a paintbrush so ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, childrens
Well... I checked this book out for my niece, but I did so without reading it first. She loved Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World, so I checked out this book based on the high "like" factor of the previous book. I kind of wish I had looked this one over first.

It's not a bad book. The art is fun (I guess), but at the same time, the pictures are inconsistent. Sometimes they are vivid, and eye-popping, and other times they're muddy, washed out, or almost blurry. They don't hold t
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
The illustrations were pretty rad, but the writing was just so so. (Please know that it kills me to say anything negative about my crush Mac Barnett. Kills me.)
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
What's an overachiever supposed to do when they miss a question on their history test? Build a time machine and go back to change history to get the perfect grade of course...

Why I started this book: History's my favorite and I was eager for the story to unfold.

Why I finished it: Silly and joyful...
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh no! Not again! by Mac Barnett took us back in time. More specifically to 33,000 BC. I found this book on the Golden Duck Award list. This is Awarded annually in picture book, middle grades, and young adult categories to encourage this type of literature for children. I found the audio book for this online and I felt a little disconnected from the book. I was able to see the illustrations with the audio version as well an that helped to understand the book a lot more. Our main character wants ...more
Alexis White
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The basics of the book is everyone's dreams in school. The idea of being able to change something in the past to make what you believe correct, would make everything easier for people to understand. This boy doesn't do well on a history test about Belgium and the art history so he decides that he's going to be time travel and correct history to his point of view. When he does this at first he goes back to far in time, and then has to move up in time and when he finally gets there he realizes tha ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The sequel to Oh No! (Or How My Science Report Destroyed the World) takes on history class. The female protagonist messes up her perfect score on a history test by missing the first question: In what modern country do we find the oldest prehistoric cave paintings? So she figures out a simple answer to getting a perfect score: she builds a time machine to change history so that her answer of Belgium is correct. When she finally reaches the right point in history, she is faced with two Neanderthal ...more
Aug 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Great art, two great historical fiction like infographics that are cool. Most of the humor could easily go over kids heads. Would be more interesting animation than a picture book. My favorite part was the creative author's bio, which could be used to talk about author's bios.
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Beautiful Illustrations! I will recomend this book for older kids who will have q better understanding of it and children who understand more about sequense of events!
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Busy, muddled, confusing. It's saving grace is having a girl mad scientist.
If you could time travel why go all the way back centuries, just go back to the day of the test and change the answer! DUMB!
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this book on the Golden Duck Awards Website. This book is about a young girl who gets one question wrong on her history test. In order to get a better grade, she decides to build a time machine and change history to make her answer correct. In the book, she goes back to the cavemen age in Belgium. She tries to change history by having the cavemen in Belgium draw cave paintings. However, it does not work out as she planned, while she is drawing cave paintings, she isn't paying attention t ...more
Jessica Meyers
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"In what modern country do we find the oldest cave paintings?"

Do you know the answer to this history question? What lengths are you willing to go to ensure you answer it correctly?

Oh No! Not Again (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or At Least My History Grade) written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat is a 2013 Picture Book Golden Duck Award Winner! The novel tells the story about a ridiculously ambitious little girl and her determination to fix the one question she a
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this adventure from Oh No! Not Again! author Mac Barnett, the main character has a huge problem - she did not receive a perfect score on her history test. Instead of accepting her grade, she comes up with a plan - build a time machine and go back in time and change history. Once she has successfully arrived in Belgium, 33,000 BCE she encounters two cavemen. She attempts to get them to make some cave art, but to no avail. These guys have clearly never seem paint brushes or spray paint before. ...more
Meghan Molloy
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awards the book has received (if any)- N/A

Appropriate grade level(s) - 2nd- 5th grade

Original 3-line summary: Barnett and Santat build a time machine and learn that change, no matter how big or small, alter history. They travel through different time periods and meet new people and have adventures along the way. The reason she built the time machine was because she got a question wrong on her test and wanted to alter history to make it correct.

Original 3-line review: This book is a wonderful bo
Emily A
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I found this book prior to listening to the TED talk with Mac Barnett. After I listened to it, I was excited to read the book! This story won the Golden Duck Award in 2013 The book is extremely creative and begins when a student wasn't to build a a time machine to go back in time to make an answer on her test true. The goes back to the prehistoric times to add drawings in the caves in Belgium ( the correct answer was France). Things go astray when the cave men hop in the time machine and travel ...more
Emma Davis
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
In this Disney book, a little girl seems to be smarter than the average cookie. In class, when she receives a less than perfect grade on her history exam, she feels she must completely alter history to make her answer correct. She then begins work on a time machine to take her to Belgium, to create the first cave drawings. While she is there she struggles to get the cavemen to draw and gets distracted making the drawings herself. This is when the cavemen take her time machine and go forward in t ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a picture book written by Marc Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat.

A girl got an A on her history test because she got one wrong answer. “Luckily, there’s a simple solution.” She decides to build a time machine to change history and get an A+. When she arrives to Belgium, 33,000 BCE, she tries to convince two cavemen to do cave paintings. However, these cavemen do not understand what she is asking them to do, so she decides to paint the caves. While she is painting, the cavemen go on a
Kiersten Knapp
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The main character of this book builds a time machine because she did not get a perfect score on her history exam. With the time machine, she goes back in time to change some history and make it herself. But, she winds up changing history too much.

I really like this book because it discusses cause and effect. I also love the illustrations, and how detailed they are. The story line (beginning, middle, and end) is clear and flows very nicely.

I would pair this with some other science fiction book
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
The other book in this series was WAY, WAY better. This one seemed very inconsistent. Unless a child knows the basics of time travel, this book would go way over their head. I think only older children would be able to understand this book. My little one didn't very much care for this read aloud. And this little girl in the story knows nothing about not interfering with history during time travel. Of course hypothetically speaking, the world would be so much more different if she had done what s ...more
Sep 16, 2019 added it
I like this book because it was about a girl (who I think was in kindergarten or first grade or second great or third grade or maybe seventh grade; I couldn't really tell. Most people look like older kids so I was pretty sure she was in seventh grade or fifth grade or eighth grade... if there IS an eighth grade) who built a time machine and got [spoiler alert] lost in time travel a little bit and went a little too far and a little too near.
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm sure this is meant to be funny but I thought it was way too over the top ridiculous. A girl gets an A on a history test and decides to go back in time for fix history so her answer will be correct...but of course she travels to the wrong time and things go wrong and soon all of history has been changed. My 8 yo daughter didn't like the book much either. It does feature a girl protagonist that is a scientist.
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The smart young girl is back, and this time she creates a time machine to go back and change history so she gets the first question right on her history test. Needless to say, she unleashes some serious changes through the centuries and returns to find she did even worse on her test.
Humor and fun throughout for younger readers.
Jo Oehrlein
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
After missing one question on a history quiz, the student decides to go back in time to "fix" history so the answer is correct.

But that's not the only change that happens.....

I'm a little conflicted by the poking fun at the student who just missed 1 questions, but wanted to get everything right. And the comparison with the person next to them who failed.
She missed one point on her history test, so she wants to go back in time to change history so that her answer is right. But when she's trying to make cavemen paint the first cave pictures in Belgium (rather than France), the cavemen steal her time machine. Oh boy, do they change history.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Gratuitously oversize, and just plain silly. Imo, alt history should have real history as a starting point. Also imo, this isn't even funny and so does not redeem itself. The creators are both capable of so much more; too bad.
Bridget Neace
Oct 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Aside from the fact that I don't know if kids would get/enjoy this, I just can't get past the point that if you can travel back in time, just go back to the day of your test and put the correct answer...a much simpler plan than changing history so that your original answer was correct. Sheesh.
Amy Nicole
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great discussion about perfectionism leading to disaster.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Why on earth is this a picture book? No one under age nine could possibly "get" any of it. It needs to be either a book for tweens or a screenplay. It does not belong in the picture book section.
Confronts that age old time travel paradox on a kiddie level- don't mess with the past.
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Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac Barnett now lives near San Francisco. He's on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.

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