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Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

Dinosaurs Before Dark (1992)

by Mary Pope Osborne

Other authors: Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)

Series: Magic Tree House (1)

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Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. ( )
  lindy_brooke | May 2, 2016 |
I like the "Magic Tree House #1". I especially enjoyed the illustrations, because they aided the reader in their understanding of the book. They also were very detailed. For example, when Jack and Annie found the dinosaur nests the illustration showed the shock on Jack's face. The characters were believable because the reader can easily imagine the roles of young sister and brother that Annie and Jack protray. The big idea of this book is to inform the readers of the creataceous period of dinosaurs.
  may_tay_kay | Apr 20, 2016 |
I really liked this book for many reasons. One reason I liked it was because of the language in the story. The author was very descriptive. The readers are able to visualize what Jack and Annie see on their adventure. For instance, when Jack and Annie got transported back in time, they see a dinosaur. By looking at its features, Jack looks up the dinosaur and figures out it’s a plant-eating Triceratops. Another reason I liked this book is because of the writing. It was very engaging and easy to follow. This is a great book for readers who are just beginning to read chapter books. This big message of this book is teamwork. Jack and Annie had to work together so they could make it home safe. ( )
  madelinependergast | Apr 18, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading this book for many reasons but it wasn't my favorite. I think that the book has an intriguing plot and the characters were very well developed. The children have a magic tree house that takes them on adventures to different places, this was focused on the time of the dinosaurs/ prehistoric times. For many children, dinosaurs are a really interesting concept so they would find this book engaging. I like how the book informs the reader about the different types of dinosaurs and gives facts about them like a t rex could eat a human in one bite. The characters are also very well developed. They are brother and sister, who get along well and protect each other from the dinosaurs by risking their lives for each other. The message of this story is cooperation and teamwork because the siblings had to work together to escape the dinosaurs and find away to get back home. ( )
  amyadams19 | Apr 17, 2016 |
I liked the book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, by Mary Pope Osburne. First, the language was incredibly descriptive to allow readers to visualize the scenes for themselves. For example, when the two main characters, Jack and Annie, first discover the magic treehouse the author uses very descriptive language. Second, the message of team work pushes readers to think about themselves. The book has multiple examples of the characters working together toward a common goal, or helping each other out. Reading about teamwork helps readers to push themselves to also reflect the behaviors in the story. ( )
  lducke3 | Apr 15, 2016 |
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For Linda and Mallory,
who took the trip with me.
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"Help! A monster!" said Annie.
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Dinosaurs Before Dark is the US title
Valley of the Dinosaurs is the UK title.
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Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic tree house, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679824111, Paperback)

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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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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