A Crazy Day with Cobras (Magic Tree House Series #45) [NOOK Book]

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The New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series is back!

But with the magic tree house comes terrible news: Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny, has been put under a spell! Jack and Annie must find four things to break the spell. The first is a rare and precious emerald. When the magic tree house whisks them back to India over four hundred years ago to search for the ...
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A Crazy Day with Cobras (Magic Tree House Series #45)

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Overview

The New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series is back!

But with the magic tree house comes terrible news: Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny, has been put under a spell! Jack and Annie must find four things to break the spell. The first is a rare and precious emerald. When the magic tree house whisks them back to India over four hundred years ago to search for the jewel, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger.

Will Jack and Annie find what they’re looking for? Will they avoid the wrath of the all-powerful Great Mogul, survive a crazy ride on a wild elephant, escape an attack by king cobras—and make it back to the magic tree house alive?

Mary Pope Osborne brings together just the right combination of history, magic, and fast-paced adventure to satisfy kids, parents, teachers, and librarians. Magic Tree House books are known around the world as books that inspire reading.

Visit the Magic Tree House website!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375898754
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/11/2011
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) , #45
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 30,110
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne
MARY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times number one bestselling Magic Tree House series. She and her husband, writer Will Osborne (author of Magic Tree House: The Musical), live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs. Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with Will, and with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.
 
SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. Sal lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.

From the Hardcover edition.

Biography

Ever since 1992, Mary Pope Osborne has been thrilling kids everywhere with her delightfully exciting Magic Tree House series. The globetrotting escapades of time travelers Jack and Annie are brimming with adventure and magic (not to mention some subtly placed lessons on history and geography). With a life like Osborne's, it's only natural that she would be capable of bringing such wondrous stories to life.

Osborne was brought up in a military family, and her parents' work led to a lifestyle marked by constant change. "By the time I was 15," she says on randomhouse.com, "I had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina." While many kids would probably feel disoriented by such constant change, Osborne wouldn't have had it any other way. "Moving was never traumatic for me, but staying in one place was. When my dad finally retired to a small town in North Carolina, I nearly went crazy with boredom. I craved the adventure and changing scenery of our military life."

And adventure is exactly what Osborne got! After college, she embarked on a series of daring treks across the globe that would surely give Jack and Annie a run for their money. "For a while I camped in a cave on the island of Crete," she said. "Then I joined up with a small band of European young people heading to 'The East.' We traveled through 11 Asian countries and nearly lost our lives, first in an earthquake in northern Afghanistan and then in a riot in Kabul."

Following an illness she contracted in Katmandu, Osborne returned home to the U.S. trying her hand at a vast variety of jobs: window dresser, medical assistant, Russian travel consultant, waitress, bartender, and an assistant editor at a children's magazine. Although Osborne had unconsciously moved closer toward her ultimate career, she says that her first attempts at writing seemed to come without warning. "One day, out of the blue, I began writing a story about an 11-year-old girl in the South," she recalls. "The girl was a lot like me, and many of the incidents in the story were similar to happenings in my childhood...it became a young adult novel called Run, Run Fast as You Can. Finally, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up."

She sure did! Since then, Osborne has penned a slew of stories, including picture books, chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels; but she is indisputably best known for her wonderful Magic Tree House books, a happy hodge-podge of history and mystery with a time travel theme kids find irresistible. No doubt inspired by Osborne's own highly adventurous life, these exiting expeditions have attracted droves of children and pleased educators by combining compulsively readable storytelling with useful facts about geography and history.

As was written of the series in Children's Literature, "Mary Pope Osborne provides nicely paced excitement for young readers, and there's just enough information mixed in so that children will take away some historical fact along with a sense of accomplishment at having completed a chapter book." As much as Osborne has certainly pleased her readers (not to mention their parents and teachers), perhaps no one is quite as pleased as she. "I'm one of those very lucky people who absolutely loves what they do for a living," she explained. "There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children's book author."

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A few fascinating outtakes from our interview with Osborne:

"One of the most defining experiences of my life was traveling overland in an old van through the Middle East and Asia in the early 1970's. One day, when a small group of us were camped in a remote part of northern Afghanistan, we saw a woman riding horseback over the sloping plain. Her long brown hair floated on the wind and she wore a bright gypsy-style dress. When she got closer, I realized she was one of my roommates from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill! Though I didn't even know she'd left the U.S.—and she didn't know I was in Afghanistan, we weren't that surprised to come upon each other. That says a lot about the times we were living in then."

"After 26 years of living in New York City, my husband Will and I now spend most of our time in Northwestern Connecticut, living in a house that overlooks a lake. We kayak and hike with our two Norfolk terriers, Joey and Mr. Bezo. Will's learning Italian, and I've been working with a tutor for two years trying to understand Dante's Divine Comedy. One of my biggest hobbies is reading philosophy and theology. We spend lots of time, of course, on our work. After writing three shows for the Morehead Planetarium in North Carolina, Will's writing a musical based on the Magic Tree House series. I'm writing book # 38 in the series. I also spend a lot of time with my sister Natalie Pope Boyce who works on the Magic Tree House Research Guides. Natalie and our nephews and some of our best friends live nearby in the Berkshires Hills of Massachusetts, so we're up there a lot, too. My only complaint is there is not enough time to do all I want to do. For instance, I'd love to take drawing classes and I'd love to paint the lake we're living on. And I'd love to bird watch and become a better cook and learn about classical music. Maybe sometime in the future...."

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    1. Hometown:
      Goshen, Connecticut
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 20, 1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Fort Sill, Oklahoma
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of North Carolina
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I raelly woud like to read it myself. It looks like a reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllllllllllllly good book.

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    Posted January 3, 2012

    The series

    Nice series! :D

    These books are awesome

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  • Posted September 6, 2012

    What would you do if you came face to face with a live cobra?

    What would you do if you came face to face with a live cobra? Jack and Annie are off on another Merlin Mission. Penny, the abandoned penguin which they rescued on a previous mission and gave to Merlin, has been accidentally turned into a stone statue. In order to help bring her back to life, Jack and Annie must go four-hundred years back in time to visit one of the Great Moguls of India and obtain an emerald stone shaped like a rose.
    While posing as ambassadors from Frog Creek to Shah Jahan, the Great Mogul who built the Taj Mahal as a memorial to his late wife, they receive the stone, but lose it after an episode with a stampeding elephant. As they search for it, they find themselves being attacked by a daddy king cobra protecting his mate and their eggs. Will they find the stone? How will they escape? There are some book series which I read where I don’t do a review for every single book, but I continue to do so with the Magic Tree House books because they are fun stories about different times and places which are very interesting while also being quite educational.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted August 8, 2012

    AWESOME

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    Posted April 6, 2012

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

    LUV the series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted February 9, 2012

    I liked it alot

    My 7y daughter liked it a lot

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    Posted July 12, 2011

    Reader

    It's a great book!

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    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted April 18, 2012

    I haven't aculty read and I got it for my brother so I........

    Guess my rating is slightly random oko, S.S.O.T. ,pencil

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    Posted January 21, 2012

    TheBEST

    Did I mntion to read the book if you did thrillng right read buffilos before breakfast

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    Posted March 23, 2012

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    Posted December 26, 2011

    Good

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Siked!

    I cant wait 2 read it i myself love her books then i layed off her books but then i wanted to readb one that i havent read beacause i ve been reading lemony snicket books by the way those books give the baudalaire orphans lots of misfortune and mostly unforrtunate events but they are very intresting and slightly funny and violet baudelaire is a genius once there was a shack infested with crabs witch they had to live in the shack violet made noisy shoes really are just sneakers eith meatal stips tsped to it but then all the crabs scurried away that is totally genius lemony snicket and mary pope osborne are really great writers oh gosh calgary is 81freaking degrees hope i see prince william wish me luck oh and thank you you two good authors for giving me great stories you two really inspire me.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

    Great book Snow man 24

    This is a great book i woud reccomend it to anybody:)

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  • Posted June 7, 2011

    love it!

    I love this book!I loved every single part of the book.It was an adventurous book.I bet you will love it too!

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    The story was okay,but that person was actally right...ive seen mary write better books.she could have used better words and description,so the lack of that made the story seem very short,even though i hate to say that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    awsome book

    Crazy Day with Cobras was written by Mary Pope Osborne. The characters are Anne and Jack. This story took place in the rain forest on January 11 2011 in. Anne and Jack where having a dream about seeing cobras and they woke up in a rain forest and went out and was looking for a new plan for not getting caught by their parents while they was trying to find cobras in the forest. Their mom finally came outside and didn't want them to hunt/look for cobras because she said that they were dangerous. Anne and jack where always looking for things to get for a new invention that they knew that they would get into trouble for by their parents. Jack was always the suspicious one that would dream about things that he would think he would wake up in the dream in reality. Anne was the one that was scared and that thought she would get ate by some animal one day and in one other book they were playing a bored game and she had a dream about it and some other animal coming after her and she went to go sleep with her brother jack. I would really recommend that you read this book because it is very interesting and you wouldn't regret it because it would make your time worthwhile during your journey reading it. A crazy day with cobras is a very good book hope you like it because if my grandma which is 80 something liked reading the book I know that you would enjoy it reading that one specific book.

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  • Posted April 25, 2011

    my review 1

    This book was very good because it had lots of details.I would give it an octopus high five!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Magic Tree House #45

    I think that this book is a great book. Mary Pope Osbourne shows how talented she is by writing this ******* book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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