Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Jack and Annie's very first fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1)

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Overview

Jack and Annie's very first fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?

Visit the Magic Tree House website!
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From the Trade Paperback edition.

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

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  • Magic Tree House Series
    Magic Tree House Series  

Editorial Reviews

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The first Magic Tree House hardcover marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most celebrated educational (and entertaining) kid series in history. This time-travel fantasy carries Jack and Annie back to the untamed Cretaceous period.

School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- This enjoyable time-travel fantasy is a successful beginning chapter book. Jack and his younger sister find a tree house filled with books. When he wishes he could really see the Pteranodon pictured in one of them, it appears at the window. The children have been transported back to the Cretaceous period. They begin to explore and are soon threatened by a Tyrannosaurus. The Pteranodon comes to their rescue, and they figure out enough about the magic that carried them back in time to be able to use it to return home. There is plenty of suspense and magic here, and enough dinosaur information to please science buffs. Characterization is sketchy and older children will find the plot predictable, but readers just past the easy-to-read stage will find it satisfying. It should attract those who devour Ruth Chew's books. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
Hazel Rochman
With an entertaining blend of fact, farce, and fantasy, Osborne tells the story of Jack and his sister, Annie, who take a trip in a magic tree house and land in a time 65 million years ago. They find dinosaurs and volcanoes and adventure. She leads most of the time; he worries a lot and takes notes, but he saves her when she's chased by a duckbilled anatosaurus. Later, Annie saves Jack with the help of a flying pteranodon. And they get home before dark. This First Stepping Stone Book is the first in a projected Magic Tree House series about time travel. Shared imaginative play is a great way to lure new readers to the pleasure of books. In fact, veteran storyteller Osborne builds the power of reading into the story: it's the books in the tree house that give the kids the magic to travel and see far, far away.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375894183
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2010
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM) , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 12,206
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 240L (what's this?)
  • File size: 5 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.


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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 14, 2011

    Ahhh. Dinosaurs!

    I loved it! I tried to put it down, but i couldn't. I it was so cool. I felt like i was actuly in the story. I would defenuluty read it again!

    32 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Some free sample

    Ok, why offer a free sample of the book, barns and noble, if none of the actual book is IN that sample? It would be really nice to see the style of writing before i purchace a book to make sure i like it. I say the free sample should start on page one of the actual story and include at least 10 pages, or better yet, the first chapter. Come on barns and noble!

    28 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Depends!

    It depends on your age for this one. I' m ten now, so they're too short for me, but i loved them when i was younger. Overall they are very good books!

    27 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Really Good Read

    My 7 year old daughter loves this series. Magical.

    22 out of 33 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Love this author

    I read this book and i like how the story really helps kids learn. I want to read the whole series because i want to become an artist. It gives me many ideas.

    16 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    What is this?

    There is no sample. All you get is the names of the Chapters; you can't even start reading to see what it is like?

    16 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Why Recommend This Series For Kids

    I like the magic treehouse series because in each book Jack and Annie travel to many different places and meet a lot of people and they learn about some things that are educational for any child. This book series I recommend to parents, teachers and kids.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    BEST

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    Magic tree house

    At my school these are ar books and they are cool

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Great Start to a Great Series

    Have been having a ball reading these books to my 5 year old. She loves reading the adventures of Jack and Annie!

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    Awesome

    Being the third of seven kids, I had a lot of siblings to deal with. After my older sister got married and moved out and my older bro was in college, I was on my own to take care of them when my parents were gone. 4 little kids are hard to keep under control, but with these books, I actually got them to sit still. They are good for my sibling who were 9,8,6. but Jeremiah, the youngest at 3 1/2, didnt really get it. So I think, judging by that, these books are good for 6-9 years old. But at 14, let me just say I wouldnt read them. My siblings loved them, but they were super predictable after the fourth book. :)

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    Awesome

    I remember these books! I used to love them! I think I'm going to read the WHOLE series again!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Not worth it

    A little to short

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    Beautiful 20th Anniversary FULL COLOR EDITION!

    I don't know who designed this, but it is so hard to tell that this isn't the original Dinosaurs Before Dark. They used such small lettering to announce it at the top of the cover... BUT this is the 20th ANNIVERSARY, FULL COLOR EDITION, and has some extras too. It's beautifully done, the illustrations look great in color. This should be added to everyone's Magic Tree House collection.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    I want to joun!!

    Name:Thunderstone. Age: 5 moons. Rank: orphen

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Zebrakit to Icetalon

    Nice. I want to see some activity from the clans soon like, aliances and wars. Maybe we'll get to see that this summer.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Tree house books

    Ive read them all i have them the last one is one my nook i preodered the next from 10 year old

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Dark Assasin

    Ummm. I was told by icetalon ro come here.

    5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Seth

    Good book

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Love

    It Was AWESOME!!!!!!!! ALMOST ALL KIDS WILL LOVE THIS!!!! AGES 6-8 OR 9!!!!! EVEN ADULTS WILL LOVE IT!!!!!! SOOIOOO WORTH THE MONEY!!!!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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