Dinosaurs before dark
by Mary Pope Osborne









Dinosaurs before dark
by Mary Pope Osborne

Summary
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! MagicTreeHouse.com

Characters
NameJack
GenderBoy
Age8
OccupationStudent
AttributesAnnie's brother

NameAnnie
GenderGirl
Age7
OccupationStudent
AttributesJack's sister


Genre
Adventure
Fantasy
Fiction
Historical
Juvenile

Topics
Brothers and sisters
Magic
Time travel
Dinosaurs

Time Period
Prehistoric






1.Into the Woodsp. 1
2.The Monsterp. 6
3.Where Is Here?p. 13
4.Henryp. 18
5.Gold in the Grassp. 24
6.Dinosaur Valleyp. 33
7.Ready, Set, Go!p. 43
8.A Giant Shadowp. 48
9.The Amazing Ridep. 54
10.Home Before Darkp. 61




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! MagicTreeHouse.com





Mary Pope Osborne grew up in a military family, and by the time she was 15 she had lived in Oklahoma, Austria, Florida, and four different army posts in Virginia and North Carolina. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in religion. After graduation, she traveled around Europe and Asia. Before becoming an author, she worked as a window dresser, a medical assistant, a Russian travel consultant, a waitress, an acting teacher, a bartender, and an assistant editor for a children's magazine. She is the author of the popular Magic Tree House series. Her husband, actor Will Osborne, helps her write the nonfiction companion series, Magic Tree House Research Guides. Many of her books have been named to best-books lists. In February 1993, she was elected the 27th president of the Author's Guild. (Bowker Author Biography)





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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.





Gr. 1-2. 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. (Reviewed Oct. 1, 1992)0679824111Hazel Rochman






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