Childrens Picture Books
 

Home

Reviews
General Picture Books
Math
Science
Social Studies
Music & Art
Holidays
Religious
Folk & Fairy Tales
Story Collections
Kid's Books on CD

About Picture Books
Author & Illustrator Info
Picture Book Awards
Picture Book Links

Subjects
Math
Science
Social Studies
Music & Art
Holidays
Religious
Folk & Fairy Tales
Story Collections
Kid's Books on CD

Book Shoppe

ChildrensPictureBook.info Review

Patch (The Time Soldiers Series, Book 3)
By Kathleen Duey
Illustrator Robert Gould
Publisher Big Guy Books

In Patch, the time soldiers have spent the year since their adventure with the T Rex studying and planning for the next time the time portal opens. The men in dark suits have prepared as well. They’ve planted a 3XVP device in the kids’ video camera to monitor them on their adventures. We’ll learn more about the enigmatic activities of this duo of dark glass wearing observers, but more is left unanswered for future books to reveal including glowing jewels and why the men in dark suits call the time soldiers the Originals. This ongoing mystery is woven into the time soldiers’ latest adventure through the time portal to an age where pirates sailed the seas. The friends battle a vicious pirate to save a young girl and her father’s ship. The requisite components of any pirate adventure, treasure, skeletons, and a shipboard battle, will keep young readers fully involved in the story. With the help of a potato-armed cannon, the crew defeats the pirates just in time to return through the time portal. Jon’s massive headache is back and this time the kids discover their camera hasn’t recorded any of their adventure. Of course, they don’t know about the 3XVP device planted in it. The rest is…to be continued.
Reading Level: 2.7

The Time Soldiers—six kids discover a portal in time and, already prepared for adventure with camouflage fatigues, packs, slingshots, and inflatable rafts, encounter everything from dinosaurs to pirates on their many adventures. The Time Soldier books, a cross between real life photography and digital illustrations, chronicle their missions in time to discover the mysteries of the time portal that appears in the woods near their homes. In each subsequent volume we’re given just a bit more evidence that will explain why the time portal exists and why it pops up where and when it does. Throw in the men in dark suits who steal any evidence the kids collect during their time travels, follow them around when they’re not adventuring in time, and track them through time with the kids own video camera and you have a near perfect action adventure story for boys. It doesn’t hurt that the men in dark suits have green ray guns that save the boys' neighborhood from a rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex.

The Time Soldiers books were written with reluctant readers, boys in particular, in mind. The stories read something like the “let’s pretend” adventures that most children play. You get the same kind of succession of complications and the need to employ slingshots and rafts that boys would invent in their own make believe adventures. You also get a jumbling of facts, but fortunately the token girl, Mariah, is there to point out problems with Triceratops and Apotasaurus living at the same time. She’s also in charge of assignments when the kids spend time in the library studying history and survival skills so they’ll be ready for their next adventure in time.

The books come in two formats: hardcover picture book format for ages 4 and up and digest size paperbacks aimed at 3rd and 4th graders to tailor the packaging to your young reluctant reader. The illustrations are superior in the hardcover editions. If your children aren’t prejudiced against “baby” books, I’d recommend those editions especially for readers who rely on the illustrations. Teacher’s guides for each of the books are available at the Big Guy Books website. Each of the books is also an Accelerated Reader title in the Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reader program.


Patch (The Time Soldiers Series, Book 3)

More General Picture Book Reviews

This site was created for the benefit of parents, grandparents, and all those who love to read to children everywhere.
All contents are Copyright © 2005-2007 ChildrensPictureBooks.Info.and EEGPublishing. All Rights Reserved.
Please send comments to the Editor.