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Willie's Redneck Time Machine

(Be Your Own Duck Commander #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  32 reviews
In this four-book juvenile fiction series featuring the popular Robertson family of Duck Commander and written by Phil's grandson John Luke Robertson (with Travis Thrasher), readers are invited to participate in the zany fun of the Duck Commander world. After a few chapters, readers can choose to go down different paths--all filled with humor and life lessons.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Tyndale Kids (first published September 1st 2014)
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Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I raced through this book quite quickly. I went back and read more of the story lines so I ended up reading almost the whole book. This is a wonderful first book from John Luke Robertson and I look forward to reading the other three in the be your own duck commander series. the book was funny and the storylines kept me interested and wanting to read more.
Michelle Spencer
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Sometimes, you just need book candy. This was the perfect book for that! Since its target audience seems to be middle grade boys, it was simplistic in its style and big on humor and action. The best parts were the metafiction bits when the book acknowledged not only that it was a book, but that it was a specific type of a book. Such as, when faced with a decision on what to do next, the narrator says, “Just give me the next page numbers.” And the conversation about licensing issues with a myster ...more
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I sat down with my kids one morning — planning to read just some of Willie’s Redneck Time Machine. However, we ended up laughing our way through SIX different stories before I decided we better get something else done! :)

I’m hoping that this book, which is the first book in a new choose-your-own-adventure series called Be Your Own Duck Commander, will catch the interest of my reluctant reader to read on her own. She really loved the choices and the adventures!!

In this book you (as Willie) disco
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Though I have never actually watched Duck Dynasty (we don’t have cable! Give me a break!), I have seen enough plush toys and pillows to know who they are ;-) I was curious as to how good this book would be, and I was very impressed. I love the kind of books that you get to choose what the characters does, because there seems to be endless books within the one! I spent about two hours sitting on my bed laughing and reading all of the possibilities that could happen ( ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
John Luke Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame has teamed up with Travis Thrasher to create a 4 book series of choose your own adventure books. In Willie's Redneck Time Machine, Willie and John Luke discover a mysterious outhouse in the middle of the Duck Commander warehouse. They quickly discover it is actually a time machine! They are transported back to the '80s to Korie & Willie's prom. As you (or your kids) go through this book they will answer questions to decide the fate of the characters. ...more
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was totally expecting this to be lame, to tell the truth. I've seen all of one, maybe two, episodes of the show. I'm sure if you love the show, you'd be a lot more into this, but honestly, this could have used fictional characters and still be just as fun.

I didn't realize when I started that this is a choose-your-own-adventure. I haven't seen one of those books since my childhood! The book started out super basic, and, well, yeah, kinda lame. Exactly what I was expecting. But then, it was choo
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
I don't know if I can actually check "Read" as my status. But, I spent a long time going from one adventure to another. Would love to add this book to my family's collection to continue the fun!
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
You're your own duck commander.

This was enjoyable but if you're an adult looking for something to read than you may want to skip this since it was mostly written for kids. Aside from that, there are many different twists and turns as you navigate the story to your liking with multiple choices and endings.

All in is clean and recommended for any young Duck Commander fan.
Lester Quizon
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is fun to read there's so much storyline in here, maybe i didn't read all of it but a great book to read anyway
Hans Christian Cristobal
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
pretty fun read
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Willie finds a mysterious wooden crate in the Duck Commander warehouse. Only John Luke is around, so the two of them open up the box and find a strange device. It turns out it's a time machine that looks a bit like an outhouse. Willie and John Luke test out the machine and find themselves journeying back and forth in time. They have crazy adventures but know they need to make it back to West Monroe. But will they make the right choices to get back at the right time?”

Series: Book
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing

disclaimer: I received the following book for free from Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinions. All opinions remain my own.

"Willie's Redneck Time Machine"

By John Luke Robertson

with Travis Thrasher

So if you haven't heard of The Robertson's of "Duck Commander" and "Duck Dynasty" fame by now then my best guess is that you must be living under a rock : )

Willie Robertson and his family formed a company called "Duck Commander" that produces duck calls and then later starred on a television serie
Rachel Stevens
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Willie’s Redneck Time Machine is the first book in a four-book fiction series featuring the Robertson family of Duck Commander and written by John Luke Robertson and Travis Thrasher. This series is recommended for ages 8-12, although Mr. Thoughtful is younger than that. In this book Willie discovers an outhouse in the Duck Commander warehouse while everyone is at lunch, John Luke comes in to see if his Dad is ready to go get Korie’s birthday presents (her husband and son had waited to get her pr ...more
Josh Olds
Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
QUICK HIT - With its entertaining characters, hilarious dialogue, crazy situations, and overall goofy fun, I can guarantee that this is gonna be a bestseller. That’s a fact, Jack.

The Duck Commander people have done a lot of weird things in the years they’ve been on television, whether it’s the goofy kind of weird (like the show in general) or the serious kind of weird (like standing up for their Christian beliefs and value). But Willie’s Redneck Time Machine, written by John Luke Robertson and T
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Willie's Redneck Time Machine is an interactive adventure book written for children and teenagers, but I enjoyed reading it too. My eight year old son was very excited to receive this book and has been reading it every day since we got it. He has chosen four different adventures so far and really gets into them. He wrote a reading response for school on this book and said, "It was so silly, it made me dizzy." I'm not sure exactly what that means, but he liked it. My son is reading above his grad ...more
Erin Cataldi
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
It's no secret, I'm not a huge fan of the Duck Dynasty franchise (it's everywhere!) but I thought that I had better see what all the fuss is about. I'm a public librarian and some of the most frequently requested items are the Duck Dynasty books, memoirs, cookbooks, DVDs, etc. If all my patrons are into it, than maybe it's time I see what the hype is about. I might as well start small so I decided to go with a kid's book. "Willie's Redneck Time Machine" is one of four "Be Your Own Duck Commander ...more
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure that all of my readers know who the Robertson Family is. Just to jog your memory think Duck Dynasty on A&E... Willie, Jase, Phil, Jep, Miss Kay and of course Uncle Si! There are many products, supplies and books out there from the famous Robertson clan... but now there are chapter books just for children! These books are written by Willie's son, John Luke Robertson (along with Travis Thrasher). There are four books in the series: Willie's Redneck Time Machine (this is the book we we ...more
Jennifer Clausen-greene
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have never watched Duck Dynasty, but my kids do and when my daughter saw this book up for review she insisted I get it. We own pretty much every type of choose your own adventure book there is out there so this was one more to add to our growing collection. I adore books like this. They let your children lead, open their imagination, and learn about consequences through the decision the make for each character. They are always fun and enjoyable and can be read numerous times with different end ...more
Rachel DeVaughn
Apr 25, 2015 rated it liked it
"Willie's Redneck Time Machine" is book 1 in the "Be Your Own Duck Commander" series by John Luke Robertson (Author) and Travis Thrasher.
The other books in the series (there are 4 total) are: "Phil & the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca", "Si Soars into Space", and "Jase & the Deadliest Hunt".

The recommended age for this series is ages 8-12 years old. There are 249 pages in this book.

I gave this book to my 13 year old for book review and these are his thoughts about the book:

"I have never read
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Willy's Redneck Time Machine" is written by John Luke Robertson and Travis Thrasher and is the first book in the "Be your own Duck Commander series", which is published by Tyndale House publishers.

As you travel through time you visit Noah's ark, the future, high school, and plenty of varied places. With a mysterious outhouse as your transportation you and John Luke travel through time, although you are still learning the rules of time travel. At first, you think it might be a prank, but the w
Ashley Cameron
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Willie's Redneck Time Machine is one of the books in a four book series by Willie's son, John Luke Robertson.

The four books are:
Willie's Redneck Time Machine
Phil & the Ghost of Camp Ch-Yo-Ca
Sin in Space
Jase and the Deadliest Hunt

I got this book for my 14 year old sister, who is a big Duck Dynasty fan. I really thought she would enjoy this and apparently she did. This is what she said:

"I LOVE my Duck Dynsty book. I really liked the story about John Luke time traveling to Willie's prom. I love
Laura Pratt
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book co-authored by John Luke Robertson, "Willie's Redneck Time Machine". In this book you are Willie. So you get to call the shots. You get to enter a time machine and have a different adventure every time you read this book if you want!

I have to say that while this really is a good book for my 4th grader- it was not so much the book for me. But that had nothing to do with the story or the writing. I am not the person who likes to flip around in a book to read a story. I want to star
Kasey Cocoa
Absolutely amazingly fun to read with my son. I'd bet even the more reluctant of readers will find this book enjoyable. There are endless choices and so many laughs. My son (9) and I spent the better part of a day together curled up in the reading chair laughing and deciding which choice might lead where and wiping tears from our eyes from all the belly laughs. Just like those choose your own adventure books from when I was a child, this one is entertaining and well thought out. My son is a huge ...more
Lis K
This is a “choose your own adventure” story, written to the reader in a second person point of view. The narrator tells you that you are Willie, married to Kori and father of two children. I thought that was a little awkward since the audience seems to be aimed towards young boys. I think making Willie’s son, John Luke, as the main character would have made more sense. However, my children didn’t seem too bothered by it. The story was simple and had a “Back to the Future” feel to it. There are p ...more
This "choose your own adventure" style book will appeal to Duck Dynasty fans, especially boys. My school chose it as a school-wide read, and it seems to have been fairly well received. I have read several of the different adventure possibilities, but not all of them yet. The one thing that did disappoint me somewhat was that the end of one of the choices I followed said to continue on page 137 in another book in this same series. That is probably good from a sales/marketing standpoint, but is tr ...more
Gina Hott
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YAY! It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure Book!
What I liked: I loved the CYOA books when I was a middle-grader and couldn’t help but to enjoy this one as well. I enjoyed several of the stories and had a lot of fun choosing different directions and winding up in all sorts of eras and situations.
What I didn’t like: I didn’t love that the book seemed to be talking at me but my son read it and that didn’t seem to bother him at all.
I also felt a bit out of place. This is definitely a boy book, written fo
Alyssa Tabor
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Quirky. Choose Your Own adventure style drove me crazy, because I had to work really hard to figure out whether or not I had completed the book yet. However, I can see the draw to this style. Very poorly written, but so amusing, I actually did not care about the quality of the writing.

One last note: one of the stories made you go to another book in this series and I thought that was kind of cheater-cheater pumpkin eater...
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Our family read this book as a family over several days. We loved that you could choose where you were going to go in the story. I liked that we could read one book several times and have a different story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was a really cute and fun book, but after a while I got a little bored. It is fun to see what happens to you. I love how they made it that you are the main character. It is very creative. I would recommend it. Very cute!
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a Funny Book

This book is fun! I really enjoyed how you get to pick what happens in the story. And you can go back and do it over and change what happens so it's a completely different story.
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Be Your Own Duck Commander (4 books)
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  • Jase & the Deadliest Hunt