The Trouble with Time Travel (Hardcover)

By Stephen W. Martin, Cornelia Li (Illustrator)

Owlkids, 9781771473323, 24pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2019

List Price: 16.95*
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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.

About the Author

STEPHEN W. MARTIN is the author of Robot Smash!, Charlotte and the Rock, and Stewart's Best Pen. He has also written for Frederator's Bravest Warriors and the Netflix series Trash Truck. Stephen resides in Los Angeles, California but misses Newfoundland. CORNELIA LI is a Chinese-born illustrator currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustration, American Illustration, Communication Arts, The Association of Illustrators, 3x3 Illustration, and others.