World’s Worst Time Machine

by Chandra Sundeep
Cover picture of World's Worst Time MAchine by Dustin Brady

World’s Worst Time Machine by Dustin Brady is a thrilling, adventurous, and imaginative ride. Even though it is a Middle-Grade book, even adult readers would enjoy this book.

Liam, a fifth grader, is looking forward to picking up quirky stuff from his neighbour’s yard sale. By the time he reaches the venue, almost everything is sold off. He is disappointed, but when his eyes land on an interesting little piece, he rushes home with his priced possession. Of course, after paying for it. Once he is back in his basement and he realises what the antique piece is, he can’t stop jumping with glee. For he is in possession of a Time Machine. Not an ordinary time machine, but the World’s Worst Time Machine!

The time machine gulps his parents and brings back gangsters from the 1930s. Liam is flummoxed, but thanks to his friend Elsa, who knows exactly what to do, the duo is able to set things right.

This book is just perfect for the targeted readers. The thrilling pacing and interesting vocabulary make this story even more fun. I love the characters; they are easy to relate to and hard to forget.

The author breaks stereotypes with Elsa’s character. She plays an important role and can be a role model for kids. This book would encourage children to read more, explore science and take a keen interest in STEM subjects.

I listened to an audiobook narrated by Kirby Heyborne. Even though it was high on energy, in some places, the voice modulation felt forced and jarring to the ears. I would have enjoyed this book more if it wasn’t an audiobook.

Filled with twists and turns, World’s Worst Time Machine is an entertaining read. Children are sure to enjoy this adventure.


Thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Audio for the ALC of this book. My review is honest and voluntary.


Wordsopedia Rating 4/5


Title: World’s Worst Time Machine Author: Dustin Brady
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Audio Publication date: 01 Jun 2023
Genre: Children’s Fiction Format: Audiobook
ISBN: 9781524885885 No. of Hours: 3 Hours, 30 Minutes

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About the author

Dustin Brady writes funny, action-packed books for kids. Although he regularly gets locked out of his own accounts for forgetting passwords, Dustin still remembers the Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Genie code for infinite lives. It’s SLXPLOVS. Dustin lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, kids, and a small dog named Nugget.

Get in touch with the author on his website.

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