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Time Twister: Journal 3 of a Cardboard Genius [Paperback]

Frank Asch

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Feb. 1 2008 Journal of a Cardboard Genius (Book 3)
Journal # 3 of the Cardboard Genius finds Alex Archer's powers of invention tested once again. His intergalactic spaceship, Star Jumper, is ready for deep space travel, but his co-pilot Zoe Breen finds a glitch: When Star Jumper returns from her voyage, more than fifty years will have passed on earth! It's time for Alex to invent a time machine. Its first live subject will be Alex's little brother, Jonathan! The imp's been cooperative since Alex promised he could come on the voyage -- a promise Alex has every intention of breaking. Time travel proves to be full of serious mishaps -- one of which threatens the very existence of the universe! And little Jonathan proves that he's learned a thing or two from his older brother and invents a time-bending device of his own. But once time is twisted, will the Cardboard Genius be able to twist it back?

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554532310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554532315
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 15.4 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #498,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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... A cliff-hanger ... The plot-driven story contains a solid base of scientific fact ... Alex’s ... antagonistic relationship with his younger brother will resonate with many readers ...

... a series of mind-boggling time travel adventures ...

About the Author

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring for children of all ages with big imaginations Jan. 3 2010
By Marcia Conner - Published on Amazon.com
We just finished reading this book, the third in the Cardboard Genius series, and we already miss Alex, Jonathon and Zoe, wishing we could go on just one more adventure or build one more amazing device. This beautifully written books, brimming with creative solutions to ordinary problems -- and all using tools found around the house (if not in the trash can) -- painted for my son a vision that anything is possible in ingenious and fun ways. Already a child who loves to invent, these books raised his sights even higher, challenging him to consider space travel, time travel, security, even instant and nutritious meals. I recommend these to any third-grader or above to read on their own and any parent with a wide-eyed inventive youngster you can read to.

If you fall into the latter group, though, I do want to note my only issue with the books (well, other than they eventually end). The way the main character Alex talks to and treats his younger brother Jonathon may be a candid portrayal of how some siblings deal with one another (and meant to be funny, I suspect) but not one I want my son to see or think it's OK to immitate. The name calling alone, for instance, included words we're not ready for or want to condone, especially by someone as otherwise inspiring as Alex. This third book is a little better than the previous two in this regard but by reading the books aloud, I could just skip the taunts. (When I read one of the lines by accident my son asked me, "Why does he talk to him that way? It's so mean.") Again, I realize this is a personal preference but I'd feel remiss for not mentioning it. As you can see by the rating, I still believe these are extraordinary books and look forward to more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for #4 Dec 31 2013
By Christina - Published on Amazon.com
My son (10, 4th grade) is a very reluctant reader and he *loves* these books. He keeps asking me for number 4... any chance you might write a fourth book in the series, Mr. Asch?
5.0 out of 5 stars Put on your time goggles and hold on tight to the cardboard box! Feb. 6 2013
By Deborah Sandford - Published on Amazon.com
I always recommend this book to reluctant (young) boy readers. It's #3 in a series, but can be read independently. Alex is a cardboard genius with an annoying little brother, and in this book he invents a time machine. It's funny, it's inventive, it explains real-life science, and the writing is top notch. Oh, Mr. Asch, we want book #4!

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