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Publisher's Note:

When Finn is saved from the Time Rangers by an older version of himself, it comes with a catch. Old Man Finn needs Finn and his friends, Lincoln and Julep, to help him win battles he lost years ago against the Paradox, a terrible creatures obsessed with revenge against Finn’s father. If they succeed, he promises to tell Finn where his father is. He even gives them a pair of time-traveling pajamas to help them with their quest. There’s only one problem. The pajamas malfunction almost immediately. Along the way the kids avoid being eaten by sabretooths, shot by revolutionary war soldiers, and start a war with a town full of holograms, all in an effort to fix the jammies. Just when their goal is in sight, Julep gets sick. Only…it doesn’t seem like she’s sick. It seems like she’s changing. The adventure may cost Finn more than an old pair of pajamas—it may cost him his friends!…

Overall Book Review:

Author Michael Buckley mentions on his website that he writes for reluctant readers and after reading Finn and the Time Traveling Pajamas it’s clearly true. This is book two of what I’m assuming is a trilogy and it is a really fun story. The three main characters–Finn, Lincoln and Julep–are humans charged with saving the world and you’ll be laughing as they meet hilariously random characters throughout the pages. Traveling to different time periods makes things even more interesting as the characters experience some perilous situations and are introduced to time-period specific jargon and trends. It was especially fun when they traveled to the future and saw how Buckley imagined it might be. Due to all the time traveling, we also get to see characters at different ages of their lives and are often left wondering if their questionable behavior is for their own benefit.

Having not read book one there were a few unclear references to things that occurred in the previous book, but it wasn’t that big of a deal. I’m sure it would be fun to start with the first book but you will still understand the plot if you don’t. This book ends by saying, “To be concluded” so that probably means there is one more book in the series to wrap up all the fun. We are left with a few cliffhangers so hopefully the next one comes out soon. Finn and the Time Traveling Pajamas  is highly recommended for reluctant readers or any middle-grade adventurer!

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Note:  Six instances of OMG (just the acronym).

Violence/Gore:  Many (84) brief incidents mostly involving fantasy characters including character imagining or joking about getting hurt; verbal threats; threatening with weapons; reference to suicide; characters getting mildy hurt from training; many incidents of humans fighting fantasy characters; character running into wall and falling over repeatedly; several incidents of characters fighting resulting in little injury; character eating animals; characters attempting to destroy monster; fantasy characters getting killed; characters attempting to kill; characters accidentally cutting hands; storms and explosions destroying property.

Sex/Nudity:  Few (5) brief incidents including young boy liking young girl; kissing on the cheek; brief mention of girl proposing to girl; reference to male character telling another male character his feelings for him.

Mature Subject Matter:

Same-sex attraction; death of fantasy characters; father walks out on family; frequent theft but usually from good intentions; references to human and animal bodily functions. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:


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I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.