These books started with a bored kid. My
daughter Lia told me one day that she found ancient Egypt boring.
Egypt? Boring? Nooooo! I set out to write a funny, exciting, informative
book about ancient Egypt. Bill Slavin brought the story to life
with hilarious comic-book art, and the next thing we knew, we
had created the Binkertons three ordinary kids who happen
to live near an extraordinary travel agency. The Good Times Travel
Agency specializes in time travel, and when the Binkertons
step through its doors, anything can happen.
These books are published in Canada and
the U.S. by Kids
Can Press and have also been published in the U.K.,
Denmark, China, Korea, and Taiwan.
Adventures in Ancient
It's 2500 B.C., and the Binkerton kids are knee-deep
in the Nile! Josh is drafted to help build a pyramid, while his
sisters face crocodiles, tomb robbers and a nasty case of sunburn.
Choice Awards, Recommended Winner, 2000
Children's Book Centre Our Choice List, Starred Selection
"The guide are written in breezy style, paying
just enough attention to the grosser aspects of each civilization
to help maintain interest. Slavin's sunny pen-and-in and watercolour
illustrations are packed with details. Kids are sure to devour these
lively books." School Library Journal
"Bailey delivers not only a fast-paced story
but also a fun way to convey information about Egyptian lifestyles,
religion and schools. The busy cartoon illustrations support both
the fiction and the facts." Booklist
Adventures in the Middle Ages
A visit to the Middle Ages sounds like a chance
to play knights and princesses, right? Wrong. The Binkertons end
up toiling in the fields as peasants. Even castles aren't so hot.
In fact, they're freezing!
Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, 2001
B.C. Red Cedar Award, 2003
Choice Awards, Recommended Winner, 2000
siblings travel back to the Middle Ages in this page-turning story.
Their exciting and humorous adventures are blended with carefully
research information about this historical period. Great fun and
good learning!" Childhood
"Like the Magic School Bus series, this book
is packed with good information as well as taking the twins on an
amusing adventure." Winnipeg Free
Adventures with the Vikings
Farm life among the Vikings is pretty dull.
But when the Binkertons accidentally stow away on a Viking longship,
the excitement ramps up with storms, seasickness and a Viking
Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award, 2003
Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, 2002
B.C. Red Cedar Award, 2004
"Bailey's humorous presentation of both the
Binkertons' adventures and the Viking information is sure to hold
young readers' attention and will appeal to reluctant readers."
School Library Journal
"The detailed illustrations, cartoonlike ink
drawings with colorful washes, underscore the humorous tone of the
story while detailing the material culture of the Vikings."
|Adventures in Ancient Greece
Time-travel to ancient Greece lands the Binkertons
in a scary place between two lines of warring Greek soldiers.
Saved by a truce, the kids visit the Olympic games and end up closer
to the action than they'd planned.
Canadian Roundtable Information Award, 2004
Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award, 2004
"Bailey and Slavin have created one of
those rich partnerships we sometimes are privileged to find in children's
literature. This series is as good as the Magic School Bus."
Canadian Materials Magazine
"Boys and girls will love Slavin's colorful, comic
illustrations and Bailey's text, which includes many fascinating facts."
Library Media Connection
Adventures in Ancient China
On a visit to ancient China, the Binkertons
accidentally find out the Secret of Silk. The penalty? Death! Once
again, the kids are on the run through the Emperor's palace,
away to the Silk Road, onto the Great Wall and beyond.
Christie Harris Award (B.C. Book Prizes), 2004
Ontario Silver Birch Awar, 2004
romp . . . this adventure proves that it is possible to have fun
and learn a prodigious amount about an ancient culture at the same
time." Toronto Globe & Mail
"The team of Linda
Bailey/writer and Bill Slavin/illustrator is a formidable combination
of talents that makes history lessons anything but boring."
Christian Library Journal
|Adventures in the Ice Age
Shivering and under-dressed, the Binkertons
aren't exactly ready for a visit to the Ice Age. But an early-modern-human
girl named Ula helps as they learn to live in a cave, forage for food,
and avoid getting eaten by cave lions.
Atlantic Provinces Hackmatack Award, 2006
"Adventures in the Ice Age and the "Good
Times Travel Agency" series remain appealing and unique introductions
to social history for any young reader but also for "info-kids" who
immerse themselves in specific nonfiction topics and the reluctant
reader." Canadian Materials
"The appeal of these books is in their humour.
As they struggle through icy winds, Josh remarks, "Is it too late
to change the title to Adventures in Hawaii?" Winnipeg