While one would expect the character to be a boy instead of a girl, which makes the story unique by utilizing a geeky girl who has a time travel machine and goes back into time to change the grade of her history test from an A- to an A+ with the only question she got wrong was: “What modern country do we find the oldest prehistoric cave paintings?” There isn’t a lot of text in the book, which may not really be necessary in the telling of the story since the illustrations by Santat due justice to the picture book. In the end, the girl is not happy since her grade went to a F with 16 wrong answers when she changed history.
OH NO! NOT AGAIN by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Dan Santat is 40 pages long and is recommended for time-traveling children between the ages of four through eight. Just don’t be surprised if they build their own time-traveling device and take off since there is a diagram on the inside covers of this book with instructions included of a time-traveling machine.
The author Mac Barnett is a.k.a. as Mac Long-Napper on the flap of the inside cover of this book who is the son to Bryan Child-Healer, and the son of Robert Child-Healer. He was hurt at the Battle of Redwood Forest Preschool when Ryan the Cruel made him swallow a rock, (which may have scarred him for life). Mac escaped to become a writer of books about whales, mustaches, sweaters and detectives. In the words of the famous poet Shawn Half-Beard: Mac never fails to mention that he built a time-travel convenience store. Finally that fact is relevant. It is called the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. The saga continues at http://www.macbarnett.com. If anyone can come up with an interesting profile as that, the story has to be great.
The illustrator Dan Santat is a.k.a. as Dan the Spartan who was left behind during the great Battle of Thermoplae because he was the only warrior incapable to accomplish the set requirements of the Greek physical. He hung up his soldier’s gear, picked up his artist’s tools and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a children’s artist and storyteller. Enter at your own risk with this Spartan’s website at www.dantat.com. It’s pretty cool.
Thanks to the publisher Disney Publishing Worldwide for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Looking forward to seeing other works of this creative duo.
This is a Disney Hyperion Book. For more information, please visit their website at www.disneyhyperionbooks.com.
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