Read The Not-So-Jolly Roger by Jon Scieszka Lane Smith Adam McCauley Online


Avast and belay, me hearties - it's lunacy on the high seas! It's the Time Warp Trio to the rescue! Only now they are rescuing their own adventure-loving hides. Blame Fred, or blame the mysterious magic of "The Book" - but whichever way you slice it, Blackbeard's got our accidental time travelers cornered, and he's about to slice them!...

Title : The Not-So-Jolly Roger
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ISBN : 9780140346848
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 64 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Not-So-Jolly Roger Reviews

  • Cheri
    2019-05-17 10:50

    I'm just not impressed by Time Warp Trio. The potty and fart jokes aren't funny, and are way overused (this from someone who likes Captain Underpants). The relationships between the boys are not ones that I find friendly, and that I would want kids to think was respectful. The story ideas are interesting, but the execution is rather boring--it's more like a weak plot line fleshed out with dry facts about the history we're "studying" in the book. Just not my cup of tea.

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-05-08 06:11

    Fun book with some good facts about Blackbeard. I like the history note at the end. I still don't like the style of having the book start in the midst of the action and then using chapter 2 as a flashback. I'd rather we just told the story in order as it's very confusing when you start reading.

  • Jakey
    2019-05-16 09:00

    The guy on the front is named Blackbeard. He's scary. He has a smoking beard. This book was fun.

  • Diane
    2019-05-02 10:48

    When Fred wishes for buried treasure, the Time Warp Trio find themselves on a desert island with a Pirate ship quickly approaching. They witness Blackbeard and two prisoners dig a hole to bury a treasure. When finished, Blackbeard shoots his two companions, burying them with the treasure. Then, he discovers the "three monkeys" in the tree and the Time Warp Trio find themselves dangerously close to walking the plank.

  • Maximilian Lee
    2019-04-24 04:46

    I liked this book because it has some information about black beard. I also liked this book because it was very adventurous.

  • Nancy
    2019-05-18 09:51

    The story itself was good for an elementary school-age child. I especially liked the drawings by Lane Smith, who also illustrated, "The True Story Of The Three Little Pigs".

  • Dolly
    2019-05-12 09:08

    Vile pirates, danger everywhere, murder, mayhem, and buried treasure. This series has been compared to the Magic Tree House series due to the time travel and adventure. But this is more PG, less G-rated and in my opinion, a little more fun. Don't get me wrong, we love the Magic Tree House series, but the team of Scieszka and Lane have created books that are magical, witty, and definitely mischievious and full of excitement. Plus, they are typically shorter, so we can read one together in an hour or so. They don't have nearly as much historical information, nor do they have as detailed of a story. But what they do give us is full of action and adventure, which is sure to excite any reluctant reader. We've started one of their books with our girls really not in the mood to read a book; suddenly, they are begging for just one more chapter until it is finished. You just don't get that in most books. Anyway, this is a fun and raucous pirate tale. Don't read this to very sensitive children or if you are extremely averse to violence in stories. We thought it was a wonderful, terrible tale and I especially enjoyed the "Historical Afterword." We will certainly look for more of the books in the Time Warp Trio series at our local library.

  • Mason Giles
    2019-05-10 06:09

    After a wish for buried treasure, Joe’ Uncles Magic book called simply “The Book” Sends Joe and His best friends, Fred and Sam back in time to the age of pirates! The only way for the boys to get back to their time is to find The Book. But who Do they meet as they arrival in the Caribbean? None other than the Pirate King himself… Blackbeard! After a misunderstanding Blackbeard thinks the boys can conger money out of thin air and they get “recruited” to his pirate crew. That’s where they find out that a preacher had the book but they crew made him walk the plank. After the boys Sink a ship with a lucky shot, Blackbeard rewards them with buried treasure when they go to dig up the treasure it’s not gold and silver they find but The Book! As Blackbeard accuses them of steeling the gold that was there the book activates and sends the boys home.I loved this book. This book is great for kids and I would recommend it to any child or parent. It is short and easy for a child to read. The illustrations add lots to the story and I like that the flag on Blackbeard’s ship was the correct pirate flag. I remember when I was in grade 3 and having this book read to me by my teacher. Not only did I learn Blackbeard was real but I learned his real name and when he died. And before I knew it the book lead me to fall in love with pirates! I would never have begged my parents to read me books like Treasure Island if it wasn’t for this book

  • Christina
    2019-04-27 10:13

    Once again, the boys are transported back in time where they meat Blackbeard and are taken hostage on the ship Queen Anne's Revenge. Worried they will have to walk the plank, the boys try to figure out where the magical book is so they can get back home safely.As with the first, the book is a quick and entertaining read. It is fun to visit historical figures and Scieszka does not beat around the bush with details; he tells it like it is. So expect people to die. Expect people to walk the plank and drown. Expect cannon fire. Expect warships. And expect gross.The series seems more aimed at boys, but my 9-year old daughter and I read it together and she thought it was hilarious. I guess girls also think gross is funny. Just a warning- there is a little harsh language in this book. Apparently pirates were known for their flowery language and Scieszka includes it here as well. It's not too bad, but I did pass over a 'hell' and 'bloody' without reading them out loud.

  • Louis
    2019-05-10 06:06

    I listened to this title on book on CD. The book on CD had the first two titles in the Time Warp Trio series. This is the 2nd book in that series.Most of my comments from my review of "Knights of the Kitchen Table" stand here. I did appreciate the afterword about the real life Edward Teach. I also enjoyed how the boys had to deal with their movie perceptions of pirates versus the reality of what it was probably like. The use of sea chanteys was a good touch. The plot was well-woven and included twists that I didn't see coming. On audio, the intrusion of Joe's Mom when she hears commotion is amusingly done, and I am sure that it comes across as funnier than reading the text would make it. This was a fun outing and a joy to listen to in the car.

  • CH13_Lisa Matthews
    2019-05-19 08:44

    The not so Jolly Roger is a story about three friends Fred, Sam and Joe. Joe receives a book for his birthday from his uncle who is a magician. This book is a magical book that transports the three friends on a wild and crazy adventure with Black Beard the pirate when Fred wishes for buried treasure. Fred, Sam and Joe were brave, adventurous and smart which helped them outsmart Blackbeard the pirate and find the book they so desperate need to get back home. The boys learned that teamwork helps to get out of sticky situation. Although I like this book I wished there was less mention of pistols, daggers, weapon, killing and the mention of curse words.

  • Marquez
    2019-05-12 11:09

    The title is Time Warp Trio: Not So Jolly Rodger by Jon Scieszka. There are 57 pages in this book.The story is about a young boy named Joe who gets a book from his uncle on his birthday. Joe soon realizes the book holds magic powers allowing him to go back in time. Him and his friends end up in trouble when they go to pirate times. They run into a pirate who needs help so he brings them aboard his ship. The pirate trust he can get richer by the magic they hold. I feel okay with the ending but not to happy,

  • Andy
    2019-04-28 04:05

    The Time Warp Trio is back. This time they've accidentally traveled back to the days of pirates. When the legendary pirate Blackbeard finds Joe, Fred and Sam hiding in a coconut tree, he mistakenly takes them for thieves The trio must once again find a new way out of a tricky situation, and they succeed with much humor and cleverness. This is another extremely short read that is full of adventure.

  • Liu
    2019-05-14 10:56

    So one day. This three best friend have a magical book that can grant them wishes. There names are Sam, Fred, and Joe. then they wish for something but they did not think well. So the book timed travels them to danger!The thing i like about this story is the art. Because the art are beautiful and i like to draw too.i have a question that i was thinking. Is time traveling possible???

  • Mrs Bond
    2019-04-30 03:54

    This is my first Time Warp Trio book. First impression: this is Magic Tree House without the girls. But I'm a girl, and I like this much more than Magic Tree House. Surprised there was so much murder and mayhem in a chapter book, but then again, it was all very pirate related. The boys meet Captain Blackbeard who they find to be as ruthless as history and movies have portrayed him.

  • Brenden Stell
    2019-05-14 10:57

    I thought that this book was very action packed even though it was short and only 55 pages long, it was a great short read and I could finish it in 2-3 days. The author did a great job explaining the theme throughout the book and represented it very well. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, great book.

  • Michele
    2019-05-05 06:01

    This series is a great read for 6-10 year old boys. Suspenseful yet silly adventures of all sorts to grab their attention and challenging vocabulary make them smarter - there's even a little history thrown in. :) I've been reading them aloud with my 1st grader and he laughs out loud at the cheekiness of them.

  • Jennifer Kennedy
    2019-05-17 03:59

    I chose to read the next book in the Time Warp Trio series, The Not-So Jolly Roger by Jon Scieczka. Once again the three friends, Sam, Joe, and Fred, accidentally trigger their magic book to send them back to the time of the notorious pirate Blackbeard. The three boys must use their wits and quick thinking to outsmart the dangerous band of pirates and get back home.

  • Katie Kirkland
    2019-04-27 06:01

    My group of third graders are loving this series. We read this as a book club selection and they were literally rolling while we discussed the book. While the boys in the group have completely fallen for this series and are now checking them out of the library, the girls said they just enjoyed it. They weren't sure if they would choose to read any more in the series.

  • Natalie
    2019-05-17 10:50

    I was looking for books to read out loud. Right around when Blackbeard killed two of his crew I decided this wasn't the one for us :-) so I didn't finish it. I'm sure when Tom's maybe 6 to 8 he'll love these. Not sure if they're up Sam's alley or not.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-24 10:10

    This is another fun episode of the Time Warp Trio. I like that these books are broken up into chapters but that, overall they aren't super long. I always appreciate a historical fiction as well. The boys are an anachronism, of course, but it gets a little history mixed into the fun.

  • Moe
    2019-04-29 06:59

    This was my first book of the Time Warp Trio. I think it was really good because I like pirates and it had a lot to do with the Jolly Roger and Edward Teach (Blackbeard). It was fiction because the time warp trio goes back in time.

  • Julie Suzanne
    2019-04-23 07:00

    Cheesy, easy read. I think this would be a great first chapter book--My 9-year-old was a bit old for it. We used it as a read aloud and it only took two bedtimes. Wish he would've agreed to read it in 1st or 2nd grade.

  • K.F.
    2019-04-27 07:00

    Definitely better than the first--and the cute little historical note and the end was really cool. There was a lot I had forgotten in the like 15 years or so that I've read this book. Also apparently there's a TV series? super cool.

  • Melchor.707
    2019-05-15 04:01

    I thought that the way that they experienced the past was very different instead of them just reading a history book because they got to find out real more accurate information than other source.

  • Vonnegut
    2019-05-03 08:48

    this book is about kids that say bad words

  • PWRL
    2019-05-10 07:07


  • Rebecca
    2019-05-20 05:53

    This series is a good book for young readers who are ready to transition into chapter books. Boys will especially like the action and adventure.

  • Mas5thgrade2011
    2019-05-16 08:48

    I really liked this book. It was really funny

  • Michelle
    2019-05-22 11:44

    Listed as Q3 = A good story with some faults, P3 = A booktalk on this title will excite most people’s interest