The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
Ages: 6-9 years old
On their way home from school, Jack and Annie stumble across a mysterious tree house in the tallest tree in the woods. Inside the tree house are old books, and new books. And books that can take you into new worlds with new adventures. For Jack and Annie, they are taken into the long lost land the dinosaurs.
Jack is the older brother at 8 and a half years old. Annie is the rambunctious, and curious 7 year old. In the first installment in a series of over 70 books in the span of a decade, Jack and Annie explore the land of the dinosaurs, making friends and trying to find a way home before they become dinosaur dinner. The Magic Tree House series began in 1992, and I feel like that the last children’s librarian to read this title. The series incredibly popular with kids. I would highly recommend this book to young readers that enjoy either adventure or fantasy books. Jack and Annie are very simple characters, and there are no greater themes underlying the story. It is a simple adventure story of a boy who loves to learn and a girl with a world of imagination at her disposal. I think these two kids are very lucky. Who wouldn’t want to find a mysterious tree house filled with books that can take you anywhere in space or time?The Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne Random House, 1992 ISBN 0679824111 68 pages