The Time Warp Trio meets Marco Polo! What would happen if someone had a time-warping book he got from his uncle who was a magician, and he took it to the local YMCA pool while he played Marco? Polo! with his best friends? In the sixteenth adventure of the Time Warp Trio, it happens to Joe (and Fred and Sam). And what happens is sandstorms, desert bandits, a smelly camel, strange horoscopes, the emperor of all China, and one very famous explorer. If the explorer is Marco Polo, this must be thirteenthcentury China!
From School Library Journal
The Time Warp Trio hits the Silk Road in this new installment. While playing a game of Marco? Polo! at the pool, Joe suddenly finds himself alone in the desert "somewhere between Italy and China," clad only in his swim trunks. Luckily, Marco Polo himself hears Joe's cries for help. One joke--an Asian character named Ding Dong--falls flat into stereotype. That puzzling choice aside, Scieszka continues his formula of absurdity, slapstick puns, and nonstop action that has won the series plenty of fans. Gillian Engberg