I have been on the hunt for a different book series that will interest my daughter and get her hooked on reading independently. She is a phenomenal reader for her age and has a brilliant imagination. She is quite inconsistent with her level of interest in reading – it completely depends upon the book.
I learned about the TJ and the Time Stumblers series and I immediately thought that my daughter might get a kick out of it. TJ is a young girl and a future world leader who receives help from two 23rd century boys – Tuna and Herby – while learning valuable lessons that will help prepare her for her leadership. In Oops!, TJ learns the importance of thinking and saying kind things about others, even when you are angry and your feelings are hurt.
I loved the concept of this series and love the messages that are conveyed to readers. I am always trying to teach my daughter to “love thy neighbor”, which can be so incredibly hard – even for me! As I read this book, I found myself laughing at the situations that were playing out for TJ and her friends and the thoughts she had. I think the humor the author used was clever! I was often describing “snippets” of what I was reading to my daughter and her eyes lit up. Yes! She was interested! When I finished the book, she said, “FINALLY! It’s my turn”. I am happy to report that she was glued to the book until she finished. She chuckled in parts and laughed when she was describing what she read (even though she knew I had already read the book!). I was so pleased she enjoyed it.
Overall, great book for kids and I look forward to acquiring the rest of the series for my daughter. I love books that have an important message to share and can encourage strong moral and ethical character development. This is so needed in our society today. The book is not preachy – it teaches the message in a thoughtful, sweet way.
More details about the book:
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers (August 31, 2011)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
About the author:
Bill Myers (www.billmyers.com) is the author of several best-selling youth series, including Forbidden Doors, The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle, and McGee and Me! His work as a writer and director has won over 60 national and international awards and his books and videos have sold nearly 8 million copies.
*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. I received a sample for the purpose of this review from Tyndale House Publishers. The opinions expressed here are my own.