The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers

The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers

From the publishing house that brought you the Who Was? books comes the next big series to make history approachable, engaging, and funny!The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution provides useful information for the practical time traveler, like: • Where can I find a decent hotel room in colonial New England? Are major credit cards accepted? • How do I join the Boston...

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Title:The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers
Author:Jonathan W. Stokes
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The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution: A Handbook for Time Travelers Reviews

  • Lisa

    Premise: It’s 2164 and time travel is possible. This is a guidebook provided by Time Corp for travelers to the American Revolution giving them background on the events they will see, specific dates to travel to and what is happening on those dates. Battles and events are described succinctly and humorously, including a chart for each battle with the “score” and who won (death count, wounded and captured included) Important historical figures are highlighted with a short biography as “people to h

    Premise: It’s 2164 and time travel is possible. This is a guidebook provided by Time Corp for travelers to the American Revolution giving them background on the events they will see, specific dates to travel to and what is happening on those dates. Battles and events are described succinctly and humorously, including a chart for each battle with the “score” and who won (death count, wounded and captured included) Important historical figures are highlighted with a short biography as “people to have lunch with” and include Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton and John Paul Jones and others. It contains hints on survival - like how to load and fire a musket, what to do if you are shot by a musket, or shot at by a cannon, or if you are taken prisoner by the British.

    What a fun way to get a overview of the Revolutionary War! I was impressed and entertained. The history is accurate with lots of interesting points - like how Lieutenant George Washington’s experience in 1754 made him the best qualified to lead the whole army by 1776. The pen and ink illustrations are delightful and add context. Includes maps - which contain only the specific details the text are referring to, and footnotes which add a little more context but are usually funny. The bibliography is short - only 5 books long. A great springboard for a longer study of the Revolution, and could also be used to summarize the battles and events for a history class. I was skeptical because of the premise, but found it to be quite a good read and very entertaining. It looks like it will become a series.

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  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Stokes, Jonathan W. The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution A Handbook for Time Travelers, 137 pages. NON-FICTION. Viking (Penguin Random House), 2018. $14. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

    Premise: It’s 2164 and time travel is possible. This is a guidebook provided by Time Corp for travelers to the American Revolution giving them background on the events they will see, specific dates to travel to and what is happening on those dates. Battles and events are described

    Stokes, Jonathan W. The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution A Handbook for Time Travelers, 137 pages. NON-FICTION. Viking (Penguin Random House), 2018. $14. Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

    Premise: It’s 2164 and time travel is possible. This is a guidebook provided by Time Corp for travelers to the American Revolution giving them background on the events they will see, specific dates to travel to and what is happening on those dates. Battles and events are described succinctly and humorously, including a chart for each battle with the “score” and who won (death count, wounded and captured included) Important historical figures are highlighted with a short biography as “people to have lunch with” and include Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton and John Paul Jones and others. It contains hints on survival - like how to load and fire a musket, what to do if you are shot by a musket, or shot at by a cannon, or if you are taken prisoner by the British.

    What a fun way to get a overview of the Revolutionary War! I was impressed and entertained. The history is accurate with lots of interesting points - like how Lieutenant George Washington’s experience in 1754 made him the best qualified to lead the whole army by 1776. The pen and ink illustrations are delightful and add context. Includes maps - which contain only the specific details the text are referring to, and footnotes which add a little more context but are usually funny. The bibliography is short - only 5 books long. A great springboard for a longer study of the Revolution, and could also be used to summarize the battles and events for a history class. I was skeptical because of the premise, but found it to be quite a good read and very entertaining. It looks like it will become a series.

    MS - ADVISABLE Lisa Librarian

  • The Erudite Gryffinclaw

    The book is an interesting way to share history with children, or people who are tired of the overly in detail history books.

    I liked the humor while at the same time being serious about the American Revolutionary war. The commentary and foot notes are definitely something you don't want to miss reading. My favorite bit was about the incompetency of British General Howe. I also liked it that there were "Reviews" of places that the battles and meetings took place. Such as a review of the Green Dr

    The book is an interesting way to share history with children, or people who are tired of the overly in detail history books.

    I liked the humor while at the same time being serious about the American Revolutionary war. The commentary and foot notes are definitely something you don't want to miss reading. My favorite bit was about the incompetency of British General Howe. I also liked it that there were "Reviews" of places that the battles and meetings took place. Such as a review of the Green Dragon, and Valley Forge. I liked it that the book covered some of the technology of that time, such as, what was your chances of getting hit by a musket ball if you were toward the back of the formation.

    What I didn't like, I didn't like it that it that the book was a brief over view of the American Revolution. I was looking forward to when George Washington returned General Howe's dog. (This actually happened. Don't believe me then please look it up.) Unfortunately that wasn't in the book, because the author did skip talking about some the battles the American army lost.

    Over all, I enjoied the book and I would recomend it and I look forward to reading the other Thrifty Time Traveler books.

  • Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by the publishers

    In 2164, Time Corp published a series of guides for time travelers, since time travel devices are standard issue in homes, and there is a Time Patrol to fix any problems that wayward time travelers create. Luckily, copies of the books were found in New York City in 2018, and republished for modern readers. Time Corp is headed by the megalomaniac Finn Greenquill, who gets ample mention in footnotes throughout the book.

    With such an introduction, we can expect The Th

    Copy provided by the publishers

    In 2164, Time Corp published a series of guides for time travelers, since time travel devices are standard issue in homes, and there is a Time Patrol to fix any problems that wayward time travelers create. Luckily, copies of the books were found in New York City in 2018, and republished for modern readers. Time Corp is headed by the megalomaniac Finn Greenquill, who gets ample mention in footnotes throughout the book.

    With such an introduction, we can expect The Thrifty Guides to be much more amusing than Lucent's Travel Guides or Lerner's Passports to History, which are much better at laying out information that actual time travelers might need. While there is good information about what to wear and eat, the main concern of this book is staying alive in the midst of different military actions or while spying. There are some nice overviews of historical figures with whom one might like to eat lunch, and enough information about daily life to keep a time traveler out of trouble, but the main concern is the military action. There are even maps.

    This will be very helpful to students who have to study these battles in school-- I know that our 8th grade does some large units on Bunker Hill and Concord and have to actually make maps of battle strategies, so the maps included in this book, and the explanations for why the battles occurred, will be very helpful. The asides and additional humorous information make the history more accessible and interesting to readers who are new to the material.

    My quibble is that I wish more social history was covered in school. How did people dress, what did they eat, where did they shop-- how did they go about their everyday life. What were the social mores? How did families work? What jobs did people have? This information is constantly neglected in the classroom, as well as in historical nonfiction. That said, this quibble is not so much with The Thrifty Guides as it is with the general approach to history, and I am clearly in the minority on this one. The Thrifty Guides are a nice supplement to topics covered in middle school social studies and could be put to good use in the classroom setting, as well as for pleasure reading.

  • Melanie Dulaney

    It’s a good thing I don’t give up easily because the first dozen or so pages of this light-hearted look at the American Revolution were ridiculous and will not appeal to my library patrons who are looking to read about American history. But once I got past all the chatter about the risks of time travel and the antics of the supposed discoverer of how to go back to the past, author Jonathan Stokes writes an smoothly flowing narrative on the war between the colonists and the British army. Sidebars

    It’s a good thing I don’t give up easily because the first dozen or so pages of this light-hearted look at the American Revolution were ridiculous and will not appeal to my library patrons who are looking to read about American history. But once I got past all the chatter about the risks of time travel and the antics of the supposed discoverer of how to go back to the past, author Jonathan Stokes writes an smoothly flowing narrative on the war between the colonists and the British army. Sidebars with interesting tidbits and trivia, well-drawn diagrams of period clothing, humorous (and mostly factual) instruction on things like how to fire a musket and more are sprinkled throughout and may even encourage readers who are to generally fans of non-fiction to try a more informational text. This book is a JLG selection for summer 2018 and I’m going to keep it on my scheduled list of deliveries and see how it is received by my upper elementary readers. I will, however, warn them that the beginning is pretty goofy and to look forward to the kid-friendly extras, easy to read text, and excellent drawings. Recommended with reservations for grades 4-7, especially those with an interest in war-related topics. ( Review of digital ARC from Edelweiss Plus)

  • Bexa

    Read for Battle of the Books.

    While parts of this were entertaining, and the history is pretty much accurate besides the asides (his bibliography is pretty much the essential books for the Revolutionary War), a lot of this felt slow? I'm not sure that's the accurate word there, but with the interjections of letters from Time Patrol or the Complaint Department, or all the footnotes to make quips that weren't really important to the story and were just trying to be funny, this took me a longer time

    Read for Battle of the Books.

    While parts of this were entertaining, and the history is pretty much accurate besides the asides (his bibliography is pretty much the essential books for the Revolutionary War), a lot of this felt slow? I'm not sure that's the accurate word there, but with the interjections of letters from Time Patrol or the Complaint Department, or all the footnotes to make quips that weren't really important to the story and were just trying to be funny, this took me a longer time to read then it should. I did enjoy the "People to have lunch with" and again, the history is really accurate if not as graphic, though you are told many times that you're probably just going to die on your vacation and they hope you bought their life insurance. I can definitely see young boys reading this and enjoy learning about how to load a musket and that if a cannon ball is coming towards you, you and all 39 friends with you will probably be dead.

  • Sesana

    Not really what I expected, and not, I think, what the title implies it would be. There's not much in the way of actual "travel" information. Instead, it's a very short retelling of the American Revolution that's trying desperately to be funny. The You Wouldn't Want to... series (see

    ) is a lot more interesting and a lot funnier.

  • Mary

    Written tongue-in-cheek for a greedy man who owns the Time Corp travel service, Finn Greenquill with through you into dangerous historical situations at your own peril. Short chapters and plenty of sidebars help the reader. A few of the sidebars and most of the footnotes are cheap shots at the travel agency.

    Might appeal to geeks for a laugh.

    I fear some reluctant readers would not want to invest the effort as this is all over the place. Sort of a Mad Magazine presents history.

  • Karsyn

    Meh. Good for kids who want to know about the American Revolution with some humor mixed in. Not good for adults who usually enjoy reading MG books. Just dull, though it made me laugh once. DNF @ 23%.

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