Mad Genius Girl Is Back in Oh No! Not Again!

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Oh No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett & Dan SantatOh No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett & Dan Santat

Oh No! Not Again! dust jacket poster.Oh No! Not Again! dust jacket poster.

Dust jacket poster by Dan Santat.

The little girl whose science project nearly destroyed the world is back, and this time she’s messing with the space-time continuum. You see, she missed a question on her history test about the location of prehistoric cave paintings. Obviously the “simple solution” is to build a time machine, go back in time … and change history so her answer is right.

Of course, things don’t always go as planned. After a couple of failed attempts at getting the Belgian cavemen to paint something, she takes matters into her own hands and paints something herself, but doesn’t notice the cavemen taking a joyride in her time machine. When she finally goes back to her own time … well, let’s just say the present isn’t exactly the way she left it.

This latest picture book from Mac Barnett and Dan Santat has a pretty long title: Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade). Like the first Oh No! book, this one has just a little bit of text (mostly the girl punctuating the story with a little bit of narration and some interjections) and lavish illustrations. The endpapers show the time machine schematics and a Time Transit Services map, and once again the dust jacket is a huge fold-out poster designed to look like a movie poster. (All the more so since it’s from Disney Hyperion Books. Does that mean a movie might be in store? Keep your fingers crossed.)

So, has our wee mad scientist finally learned her lesson? I hope not — I’d love to see some further (mis)adventures!

Oh No! Not Again! will be released on Tuesday next week and is available for preorder now. Click here for my review of the original book.

Disclosure: GeekDad received an advance reader proof of this book.

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