Here’s the cover, title and plot of Once Upon A Tim #3!

Once Upon A Tim book #2: The Labyrinth of Doom comes out next Tuesday (November 1).  So what better way is there to celebrate than revealing the cover, title and plot of book #3?

Here you go:

After helping Princess Grace foil the villainous Prince Ruprecht—twice!—junior knights Tim, Belinda, and Ferkle are on a new quest—this time to recover the Queen of Merryland’s precious golden fleece (and more importantly, the protective amulet in its pocket) from the Kingdom of Dinkum. The safety of all Merryland depends upon them.

But first, they must face the deadly Sea of Terror and the dastardly perils it contains. Tim and his friends will have to use every ounce of bravery, valor, and intelligence they possess to navigate the treacherous waters—or else risk becoming flotsam on the waves.

This book comes out on May 9, 2023…

But you can already preorder it by clicking here.

100 thoughts on “Here’s the cover, title and plot of Once Upon A Tim #3!

  1. This looks INCREDIBLE! I have been a huge fan of your writing for a long time now, and love everything you publish but my younger brother doesn’t quite have the attention span for spy school yet. It’s very rare that I (as a thirteen-year-old) can still enjoy the same series my brother can so it’s awesome that we can read Once Upon A Tim together.

  2. WoW! this is super cool I notice that there were math symbols on the side of the ship, or is just how you showed that the ship was damaged?

  3. SASS for life –

    Those are not supposed to be math symbols. They are damage symbols, like bandages placed on the sides of the ship. (There are an awful lot of things that look like a cross and a straight line.)

  4. Hey Mr. Gibbs, congrats. I have a thing about Bruce Wayne Not Super though that I want to ask you about. It truly looks like a great series but it looks a lot like Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice. I want know the difference between the 2

  5. Ben Ripley’s Cousin –

    I have never heard of Secret Hero Society: Study Hall of Justice, so i couldn’t possibly tell you the answer to that question.

  6. Do you think in the future any of the upcoming Once Upon a Tim books will get an exclusive edition?

  7. MjNinja –

    I really have no idea if a Tim book will have an exclusive edition in the future or not. That is up to Barnes & Noble.

  8. HEY Mr. Gibbs hows is it going just want to say you should come out with 10 more books because they are soooo good

  9. Red Foreman –

    Oh, I did more than just meet Stan Lee. I worked with him on a TV project at Disney Channel. (Although sadly, they didn’t make it.)

  10. Hi my name is Amaryllis.
    I have a question.
    How long does does it take to write a OUAT book in comparison to a FJ or a SS?

  11. Hello, Mr. Gibbs. I am currently very excited because I will be going to Yallfest this year.
    I’m sure this sounds weird, but would you be able to sign a book that isn’t your own?
    I would tell you what book I want you to sign, but that would just spoil the fun wouldn’t
    it? Also if you have a little extra time, what was it like working with Stan Lee? And what
    was the project on Disney Channel about? If you can tell us that. Maybe you can’t. That’s
    alright if not. And I just finished the SS books after a little bit less than a year starting that
    series. Good ending. I think your best series was The Last Musketeer. I find it funny that
    you worked on the Disney movie. Also have you ever read the Mysterious Benedict
    Society by Trenton Lee Stewart? Its one of my favorite books. (Sorry for the long comment)

  12. Amaryllis

    It takes about two months to write the first draft of a Tim book and another year to do all the additional drafts (and illustrations).

  13. Zaphod

    Sure I can sign a book I didn’t write.

    I have read MBS.

    Working with Stan Lee was amazing. He was a lot of fun to be with.

    The project was Stan’s idea. It was called Hall Monitors. It was kind of like Men in Black in high school. I have no idea why Disney didn’t make it.

  14. Mr. Gibbs,
    I’ve noticed that in the latest books of SS everyone seems weaker and more limited (at least that’s what appeals to me) whereas in the first few books the characters appear more powerful. For example, in SSR Catherine and Erica seemed less able to handle the situation (same for SSAS and SSPX ) but before they were more competent. It’s like they came down a level. Is this just me or are you writing like this on purpose?

  15. SS rocks!

    To answer your question: It’s you.

    First of all, Ben is a significantly better spy than he was in the first book, so he’s definitely getting better. So are Mike and Zoe.

    Secondly, no one is perfect. If Erica and Catherine could meet every single challenge perfectly, that wouldn’t be much fun. So I have created additional challenges for them; and I wanted to allow Ben, Mike and Zoe chances to show off their skills. If you read SSPX, Erica gives a very detailed explanation of exactly why she is slightly off her game.

  16. Hello Mr. Gibbs I was just wondering What book are you most proud of out of all the books you have written. Thanks !

  17. Rachel Green –

    I have met plenty of non-author celebrities. Magic Johnson, Mark Hamill, Drew Barrymore and so on.

  18. Mysha –

    I think writing the Charlie Thorne series is the biggest challenge i have created for myself. I am very pleased with how those books turned out.

  19. Mr. Gibbs and all commenters,
    Have you seen all of the Spider Man movies? If so, who was your favorite actor for Spider Man?

  20. I’ve noticed in the “more by this author” section in your books, you include every book but the 2nd and 3rd Last Musketeer books. I understand that The Last Musketeer series didn’t sell as well and isn’t as well known and is pretty different compared to the rest of your novels, so you might not want to promote it along with the rest of your books. But I did notice that you include the first book in the series in the “more by this author” section but the other 2. Is there a specific reason for that? If there is, how come?

  21. MjNinja –

    I have not seen all the Andrew Garfield Spiderman movies, because I thought that the first of them was horrible.

    I liked Tobey Maguire as Spidey in the first two he did. But Tom Holland is also good.

  22. J Man –

    As you may have noticed, the more books I write, the less room I have on the ‘More by This Author’ page. The LM series is the only series I did with Harper Collins, rather than Simon & Schuster. So when S&S is deciding which books to promote, it makes sense to cut the books I didn’t write for them.

    (You can find more about LM in an old blog post about why I only write three books in that series.)

  23. In SSPX, Zoe says that she’s the ninth wheel. The phrase is actually the third wheel
    Was saying the ninth wheel rather than the third wheel intentional because there are 9 people on the mission?

  24. Joey Tribbiani –

    I am well aware that the phrase is the third wheel. (Or, more often, the fifth.) And yes, the whole point of the comment was that there are nine people on the mission, so Zoe feels like the ninth wheel.

  25. Zaphod –

    I have hundreds of favorite songs, depending on my mood. I can’t possibly pick just one.

  26. I just got home from Yallfest. It was great meeting you. You made my day (year). I’ve been
    a Roald Dahl fan for as long as I can remember, and when I found Danny I was just like
    how the heck have I never heard of this before? It is seriously one of the most (criminally
    underrated) books of all time. And then like three years later I see that you love it and
    agree that it is underrated too. So I figured no one had ever brought that (or any book
    not written by you) book to you. You seemed pretty shocked. Anyways thanks.

    Also, my Dad (for some odd reason) meant to ask you this: Have you ever the TV show
    Chuck? (With Zachary Levi from the late 2000’s). I guess it was a comedic spy show.
    If you could answer that, that would be helpful. I’ll tell him your answer.

    One last question: Do have a favorite singer/ band or too many? If so what are some
    of your favorites? (My personal favorite singer is Hyper Fenton. He’s pretty unknown
    but extremely talented).

  27. Zaphod –

    Hi! It was great to meet you today. And yes, I had never been asked to sign a copy of any Roald Dahl book before. I thought that was cool.

    I think I saw the first episode of Chuck, but not anything beyond that.

    I really don’t have a favorite singer or band. There are just too many. It’s very mood-dependent.

  28. Zaphod,

    Your Batman question aged like fine wine, or milk depending how you look at it. Kevin Conroy died earlier today. He’s by far my favorite Batman but since he rarely played him in live action, I’d pick Michael Keaton.

  29. Chandler Bing –

    No, I have not met Noah. There are 4 million people in Los Angeles. I haven’t met them all yet.

  30. sinon –

    I have never really made a huge change to a book in its final draft. Huge changes come in early drafts. In my final draft, I am just making small tweaks to ensure that the book reads as well as it possibly can. If I make a huge change, then I’m going to have to do several more drafts after that to make sure the book works.

  31. Dear Mr. Gibbs,
    Hello. I just finished reading your book, “Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation.” I thoroughly enjoyed it. The way you wrote it, I felt like I was watching a movie in my head, not reading. I’ve never in my life read something that felt like that. I’ve never read any other books by you before, but now I’m going to check a few more out at the library.
    Thank you for writing such a fantastic book!

  32. James –

    I am glad to hear that you enjoyed my book so much. I have lots of others that I hope you will enjoy as well.

  33. Mr. Gibbs,
    First, I would just like to say I enjoy your books very much. I want to write novels in the mystery and spy genres as well. My question is, how do you strike a balance between being descriptive, but not to the point where it slows down the story? Have you ever had to cut some scenes out of a book so that way the pacing stays reasonable? If so, what things do you look for to indicate pacing of the story?

  34. Jerry!

    Finding the balance between too little description and too much is a very personal decision. Everyone writes differently, and there is no right or wrong way to do this. Personally, I find that a little bit of description goes a long way, but there are plenty of extremely talented writers who add much more description and make it work very well. It’s really all up to you.

    I find that a god way to tell how well your story is paced it to read a draft out loud.

  35. Have you met George Takei who played Sulu in Star Trek (I’m a huge Star Trek fan)? He also lives in Los Angeles so I was wondering if you’d ever met him

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