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Children's Fiction Time Travel

The Trouble with Time Travel

by (author) Stephen W. Martin

illustrated by Cornelia Li

Publisher
Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
Category
Time Travel, Science & Technology, General, Humorous Stories, Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771473323
    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price
    $18.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 5

Description

Max and her dog, Boomer, are in trouble. Big trouble. Max has accidentally smashed an heirloom vase: the only treasure her great-great-great-great-great-great-grandma managed to save when her houseboat sank 234 years ago. Max can come clean—or, she can build a time machine! If she travels to the past and smashes the vase then, there will be nothing for her to break in the future. Brilliant!
In the time machine—surprisingly easy to construct—Max and Boomer bump around to the past and the future, tangle the string of time, and crash into the ancestral houseboat, promptly sinking it. And in the past, the vase remains intact. Disheartened, Max and Boomer return to the moment just before their adventure began, to warn themselves NOT to build a time machine. In spite of the warning, Max tosses a Frisbee for Boomer, directly in the direction of the vase, and their wild adventure begins again, and again, and again...
Joyful and uproarious, this is a one-of-a-kind circular tale that plays on the perils of time travel.

About the authors

Stephen W. Martin is a genre-filmmaker, specializing in blood, gore and whimsical storytelling. His award-winning short films have been presented at international festivals such as Vancouver International Film Festival, Screamfest in LA, and Raindance in London, England. His most recent short film "Dead Friends" won the World Kids International Film Festival, where it was selected for screenings in classrooms all across India. Robot SMASH! is Stephen's first children’s picture book. He is a proud Newfoundlander who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Cornelia Li is a Chinese-born illustrator currently based in Toronto. She is intrigued by narrative woven into daily interactions between people and their surroundings and she set out to capture the relationship by externalizing the ideas and emotions into elements in her images. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, the AOI, 3x3, the National Magazine Awards and more.

 

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Awards

  • Commended, A Junior Library Guild Selection

Editorial Reviews

“The eclectic, energetic art steals the show. Rev up your flux capacitors, because the space-time continuum will never be the same again.”

Kirkus Reviews

"Provides a hilarious romp that celebrates the freedom of choice a child has as well as a child’s potential for innovation."

Canadian Review of Materials

"An enjoyable flit through history—a humorous, lighthearted adventure."

Foreword Reviews

"A little sci-fi, a little STEM, and a whole lot of fun."

Booklist

Other titles by Stephen W. Martin

Other titles by Cornelia Li