Book Review: Oops! (TJ and the Time Stumblers)
This book is part of the Juvenile Fiction offerings from Tyndale Media. It is recommended for ages 8 and up (both Joshua and Aaron fit in the category) and there are several other books in the series. The book is about 192 pages, and was a quick read for me. I prefer to read books before allowing my boys to read them at this age, to make sure they are appropriate, and it gives me time to think about the moral of the story while they are reading it, so we can discuss it together later. I also require my boys to read for a minimum of one hour each day after school. Joshua is an advanced reader for his age, so I require him to write mini-book reports or reviews of the books he’s read to make sure he is comprehending the story. Here is what he had to say about this book:
“This book was funny, and it made me laugh. Sometimes I get upset easy. This book taught me to be nice to other people like my brothers, even when they hurt my feelings. There were a lot of funny things in this book, like when an elephant was running in the school hallway.”
From my perspective: This was a cute, and funny story that really gets a child’s imagination going. It is the third book in the series, and it did feel like we were missing some details. I don’t think it is a stand alone book, but is probably perfect combined with the other two books in the series. I plan on ordering the rest of the series from Amazon, because I think my three boys will love the series.
About the Book:
“The mishaps never end as TJ’s “helpers” from the 23rd century—Tuna and Herby—continue to study TJ as she learns the valuable lessons she’ll need to become a future world leader. In Oops!, TJ learns the importance of speaking and thinking well of people even when they are difficult, thanks to the Thought Broadcaster Pen, which exposes the thoughts of everyone it hits. As usual, Tuna and Herby’s attempts to fix the pen only make things worse—now all of TJ’s thoughts become reality! As she fights not to return meanness to others (and to clean up the disasters her thoughts cause, like turning whiny TV star Hesper Breakahart into a giant baby), TJ learns from her dad a little more about how her mother handled things: She kept reminding herself that each of us is God’s creation. And no matter how mean people may be, we all need to be loved. The same message also unfolds through a side story of classmate Chad Steel learning to treat a mean boy better.”
Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review. No monetary compensation was exchanged. No positive opinion was requested or required, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any manner. Your experience may differ from my own.