Monday with a Mad Genius (Magic Tree House Series #38)

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JACK AND ANNIE are on a mission to save Merlin from his sorrows! Charged with finding the second of four secrets of happiness, the brother-and-sister team travel back in the magic tree house to the period known as the Renaissance. This time, Jack and Annie will need more than a research book and a magic wand. They'll need help from one of the greatest minds of all time. What will they learn from Leonardo da Vinci?

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Overview

JACK AND ANNIE are on a mission to save Merlin from his sorrows! Charged with finding the second of four secrets of happiness, the brother-and-sister team travel back in the magic tree house to the period known as the Renaissance. This time, Jack and Annie will need more than a research book and a magic wand. They'll need help from one of the greatest minds of all time. What will they learn from Leonardo da Vinci?

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Jack and Annie are intent on releasing Merlin from his prison of sorrows. To help them in their quest, they consult with one of the great minds of all time: Leonard da Vinci! A Magic Tree House adventure worth climbing.
Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
Following a brief introduction by the author and a prologue orienting the reader to the "Merlin Missions" adventures of the "Magic Tree House" books, the time-traveling siblings, Jack and Annie, spot the tree house on their way to school. The young sorcerers, Teddy and Kathleen, tell them they must travel back five hundred years to Florence, Italy, where they will spend the day helping Leonardo da Vinci. In the process, they are to discover the second secret of happiness that will help Merlin overcome his low spirits. Teddy gives them a biography of Leonardo, and Kathleen gives Annie a rhyme that will help them find the answer. She also reminds Jack of the three rules for using the magic Wand of Dianthus, which he always carries with him. Once the tree house lands in Florence, Annie and Jack read a little about Leonardo in the biography before they order the wand to help them find him. After a few near misses, they meet Leonardo in the market and he agrees to let them be his apprentices for a day because he is in a hurry to finish a fresco he is painting in the council hall. Jack and Annie are much impressed by the enormous battle painting, but Leonardo's experiment in drying the wet paint with lighted pots of wood results in heat that melts the paint and ruins the fresco. Deeply upset, the painter rushes off, but Jack and Annie follow him to his house and get him talking about the ideas he has set down in his notebooks. Finding that he desperately wants to fly, they go with him to a hillside where he shows them the flying machine he calls the Great Bird. When he demonstrates it for them, he soars briefly and then crashes. But Annie brings out the Wand of Dianthus and the three of themgrow wings and fly over the city. On their way back to his house, where Leonardo is late for his meeting with Lisa, a young woman whose portrait he is painting, Leonardo tells them he believes the secret of happiness is curiosity. The story's text is followed by a three-page description of Leonardo's life and work, three pages with directions for making paper planes, and three with a word puzzle, the first chapter of a new "Merlin Mission" book, and a page of temporary tattoos. A "Stepping Stone Book." Reviewer: Judy DaPolito
Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
This thirty-eighth book in the popular "Magic Tree House" series takes Jack and Annie of Frog Creek, Pennsylvania on an historical adventure to Florence, Italy in the early 1500s. Their quest is to help Merlin the magician find happiness again. While in Italy, they spend a day with artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci who helps them find one of the answers to happiness: fame. Although Jack and Annie are not sure this is the correct answer, they spend the day as Leonardo's apprentices and learn a lot about painting and using their imaginations to create art. Jack and Annie also go with Leonardo to the palace of the great counsel and learn how a fresco is painted onto a wall, but a fire breaks out and hampers the project. Leonardo is miserable and in no mood for company, but he invites Jack and Annie into his art studio and tells them that he is always trying new projects and does not always finish them or get them to work. He shows Jack and Annie one such idea, a flying machine that looks like a giant bird. When it crashes, Leonardo says this is more proof that his scientific ideas do not work. Jack and Annie show Leonardo that he can fly with the help of a magic wand they have. They all sprout winds and fly over the city of Florence. Leonardo's faith is renewed as he recaptures the spirit of a bird, and he realizes that curiosity is the secret of happiness. Black-and-white illustrations accompany the text. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5

Jack and Annie are back for two adventures in Mary Pope Osborne's popular "Magic Tree House" series. In Monday with a Mad Genius (Random, 2007), the youngsters travel to Renaissance Italy where meet artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci who shows them his notebooks filled with ideas for inventions. Jack and Annie learn about painting and using their imaginations, convince the artist not to give up on his inventions, and learn that curiosity is one of the secrets of happiness. In Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Random, 2008), Jack and Annie travel aboard a 19th-century British sailing ship with scientists who are collecting specimens of the world's plants and animals. When a violent storm sweeps the pair overboard, they are rescued by a giant octopus. The children must convince the scientists not to capture the creature for scientific research. These stories provide wonderful lessons in character building. In both stories, the children learn that happiness can be found by following your dreams and showing compassion towards all living creatures. There are numerous opportunities for cross-curricular studies. Team Monday with a unit on inventions, the Renaissance, or art history. Introduce units on oceans or world explorers with Dark Day . The omission of the books' prologue and author's notes on the audio is regrettable. Osborne is a capable narrator, capturing the innocence and wonder of Jack and Annie. An excellent purchase for elementary grade audio collections.-Connie M. Pierce, Falling Water Elementary School, Chattanooga, TN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375837302
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/13/2009
  • Series: Magic Tree House Series , #38
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 38,003
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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.

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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2011

    Awesome!

    I am a nine year old girl and I LOVE any book of Magic Tree House! If this book was never written, I would've never known how to read! Keep it up, Mary Pope Osborne!!
    -Cecilia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Excellente

    Greatest book ive ever read other than diary of he wimpy kid

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    Posted April 26, 2012

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    The book is amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    One of the best books ever!

    My 8 year old brother loves this series! He is currently on Dragon of the Red Dawn book #37 and will soon be on this book!!! These books are amazing because they are fun books to read and they REALLY help kids learn to read and to improve their reading. My brother and I reccomend this book to kids who love reading fun books, who have just started reading, and to kids who want/need to improve their reading! Once you read the books you'll know why so many people love them!! Enjoy! :)

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    So boring

    Its good but its so boring it makes you want to sleep!

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

    best book I ever read!

    When I read this book I fell in love with it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Safia

    This book so awesome people you have toread this book

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    Posted September 8, 2012

    Cool Beans

    I love these books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2012

    Cool

    I read this book evey day. This is a good book. I like this book so much! I love it so much I rate it 100% ( as seen on Tap to Rate.) I all so read it every night. "IT IS SO AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" BY Nicholas Steiner

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

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    Not So Mad After All.

    "Meeting" Leonardo in his homeland was a grand adventure for a Monday. Travel back in time with Annie and Jack to the time of Leonardo and find out his "secrets" and why he enjoyed life. This was a wonderful tale and offered fascinating facts about the life of a now famous artist. For students that may not find history books fascinating this tale will maintain your attention and make you eager to read more of Mary Pope Osborne's works of fiction with history woven into the storyline. "Monday with a Mad Genius" was entertaining reading. You will want to travel in time with Jack and Annie for more of their adventures after reading this story. The other Merlin adventures are worth reading if you were delighted by this tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2011

    Great Book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Anouymous

    Anouymous you say your eight you say your a mother you say ur twelve what are u make up ur mind

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Amazing

    I'm 12 years old and I still LOVE these books. I might have had 10 magic tree house books. My name is Andrew and Ihope you love these books as much as I still do. :-)

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    Cool book

    I love this book read 68 times can't stop reading it

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    Posted July 17, 2011

    Fun mysteries

    Great book for kids

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    Guiniose

    It must be a mad genuise who wrote it

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So good best BOOK ever.

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  • Posted March 4, 2011

    mad-ginus

    The best book i'v ever read!

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    amazing

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    informational/ fantasy!

    magic tree house books have alot of adventures. i think to get this book you need to use you r imaginagtion. it is not i reapt not impossible to fly. you can do anything as long as you try.

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