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Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

Dinosaurs Before Dark (1992)

by Mary Pope Osborne, Mary Pope Osborne

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This book is a great example of historic realism. Mary Pope Osborne has done many great books but the magic tree house books have to be her best in my opinion. This book is great because it gets the kids engaged throughout the story. Every time the two siblings open a book in the magic tree house they are thrust into a new world. This one happens to take them back in time when the dinosaurs roamed. This book has great details that keep the reader wanting to know what is going to happen next. ( )
  loganbuttram330 | Jul 15, 2014 |
I finally got around to reading the first five books of the Magic Tree House series, and I have to say that these are perfect for my early chapter book readers. We’ve got a boy and a girl main character...check. We’ve got adventure and action...check. We’ve got readable text...check. What more could I ask for? ( )
  debnance | Jun 27, 2014 |
I have been challenged by a couple of students to read all of the Magic Tree House books. I do like the ease in which the books are written. Osborne provides data to the reader while entertaining them. Very light but informative. One down, 40 to go! ( )
  weisser4 | Jun 3, 2014 |
This book is a great introduction to a series that has held itself in the hearts of many children since the year it was published. There are so many out now, and I don't know how the newer ones are, but the older, classic Magic Treehouse books were always so great to read. They are challenging, yet fun to read, and each book has a different topic. None of the topics ever go that into depth, but they are still somewhat informational and kids can pick up facts here and there. I think these books should definitely continue to be endorsed throughout schools. ( )
  adscrim | May 12, 2014 |
This story is one of my favorite childhood chapter books about two siblings named Jack and Annie, who discover a mysterious and magical tree house filled with all different kids of books. The tree house takes them back in time and they go through a exciting adventure with dinosaurs. I like this book for two reasons, first being the magical plot. The entire story is an adventure that any child would love to go on, including the fact that they have a mysterious tree house all to themselves. The adventure is engaging and readers can relate to the two main characters. The second reason I liked the book was for its illustrations. I was lucky enough to read the 20th- Anniversary Full Color Edition which included beautiful colored illustrations on many of the pages. This helps children to visualize what is going on in the story and take their imagination even further. My favorite illustration is the one of Jack and Annie finding the tree house. As a child I always visualized what it would look like exactly, and this picture brings it to life. Overall, the big idea of this story is to give children a sense of adventure through two characters, as well as get them interested in history. ( )
  ckelly16 | Apr 24, 2014 |
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For Linda and Mallory,
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"Help! A monster!" said Annie.
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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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