Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1)

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1)

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by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
     
 

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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

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?

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From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375894183
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/15/2010
Series:
Magic Tree House
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
20,711
Lexile:
240L (what's this?)
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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Meet the Author

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 Trade Paperback edition.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Goshen, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
May 20, 1949
Place of Birth:
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Education:
B.A., University of North Carolina
Website:
http://www.marypopeosborne.com

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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 506 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 7 year old daughter loves this series. Magical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At my school these are ar books and they are cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have been having a ball reading these books to my 5 year old. She loves reading the adventures of Jack and Annie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I remember these books! I used to love them! I think I'm going to read the WHOLE series again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It Was AWESOME!!!!!!!! ALMOST ALL KIDS WILL LOVE THIS!!!! AGES 6-8 OR 9!!!!! EVEN ADULTS WILL LOVE IT!!!!!! SOOIOOO WORTH THE MONEY!!!!!!
stimpy More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series it is so good i mean great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little to short
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice. I want to see some activity from the clans soon like, aliances and wars. Maybe we'll get to see that this summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read them all i have them the last one is one my nook i preodered the next from 10 year old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My seven year old sister loves the magic tree house books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My son started out not so sure but he loves the whole series. His favorite is when they go and help some nurses during the civil war and meet Goegre Washington when he is crossing the delware. I would recommend this book for any child over the age of 6. My son pefers the audio books and listens to them while doing chores. We also do alot of traveling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the pteradon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They need better samples but at least they are less then $5
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in. IMPOSTER!!!!!
Pelican12 More than 1 year ago
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?