The Trouble with Time Travel

Stephen W. Martin

Cornelia Li

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.

Stephen W. Martin, Cornelia Li
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SKU: 204550n0nn1nWWW | ISBN: 9781771473323

“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

"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

"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

A Junior Library Guild Selection, 2019

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Publication date

October 15, 2019

Number of pages



Language Arts

Interest age

From 3 to 7