Oh No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett

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Oh No! Not Again!: (Or How I Built a Time Machine to save History) by Mac Barnett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Oh No! Mac Barnett and Dan Santat brought to life the day when a girl’s science fair project rampages her home city. In Oh No!Not Again!, the girl’s mechanical inclinations once more go awry when she tries to correct a less than perfect grade. Her latest project is a time machine that she takes for a spin to change history so her test answers will now be correct. The mission: to have the world’s oldest cave paintings exist in Belgium. The problem is that the people the girl wants to do the paintings have other ideas, ones that have major implications.

From the first schematic of the time machine, the illustrations are engrossing. Santat’s art has a movie like feel that gives life to the text. While I found the first book to be more engaging and entertaining, the humor of this book will appeal to young readers.

As a former history major, I did have trouble with one fact portrayed in the book about George Washington that indicated he was the only president to free his slaves. Thomas Jefferson did free a very small number of his slaves as well.

The galley of this book was obtained from the publisher at the AASL convention.

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