Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1)

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Illus. in black-and-white by Sal Mudocca. "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. Veteren 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."—Booklist

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Overview

Illus. in black-and-white by Sal Mudocca. "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. Veteren 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."—Booklist

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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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679824114
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/1992
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #1
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 18,685
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.92 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Pope Osborne

*  Mary Pope Osborne grew up in the military, and by the time she was fifteen had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina.

* After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the early 1970's, Mary traveled all over Europe, and spent the first six weeks of her trip living in a cave on the island of Crete.  She then joined up with a group of European young people and traveled in rickety vans through sixteen Asian countries, including Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

* She was a bartender, an acting teacher, a waitress, a travel agent, a window dresser, and a medical assistant — all before becoming an author!  Now she is the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, early chapter books, middle-grade biographies, and young adult novels.

* In February 1993, Mary was elected the 27th president of the Author's Guild, the oldest, most established organization for writers in the United States.

* Mary her husband Will spilt their time between an apartment in Greenwich Village, New York and a cabin in Pennsylvania.  They own a terrier named Bailey, who sleeps on the top of Mary's desk every day while she writes!  

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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
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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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