DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK by Mary Pope Osborne

DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK

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Age Range: 6 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

 In classic E. Nesbit tradition, Jack's wishes go awry while he and his sister Annie, seven, are time traveling. Reluctantly followed by her eight-year-old brother, Annie enters a mysterious treehouse full of books. Examining a dinosaur book, Jack blurts, ``I wish I could see a pteranodon for real''--whereupon one flies in, with a rushing wind. Like Dorothy and Toto, they're blown to a land of adventure: the treehouse takes them to the Cretaceous Period, where they meet a triceratops and a duck-billed dinosaur and find a gold medallion engraved ``M.'' Elation gives way to terror when a tyrannosaur shows up; Annie escapes, but Jack is cut off while retrieving his pack and the book. Just in time, the pteranodon flies him back to the treehouse, and a hasty wish spins them safely home, to ponder several questions: Whose treehouse? Why all the books? Who is ``M''? In the ``First Stepping Stone'' series, this initial ``Magic Tree House'' book is a fast-paced tale offering both mystery and dinosaurs--powerful enticements for newly independent readers. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 0-679-92411-6
Page count: 68pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1992




Kirkus Interview
Mary Pope Osborne
January 6, 2015

Danger in the Darkest Hour is beloved children’s writer Mary Pope Osborne’s latest entry in the Magic Tree House series and it features Jack and Annie’s most dangerous mission ever. The magic tree house has taken Jack and Annie back in time to England in 1944. England is fighting for its life in World War II. Before long, Jack and Annie find themselves parachuting into Normandy, France, behind enemy lines. The date is June 5. Will the brave brother and sister team be able to make a difference during one of the darkest times in history? “It appears there is nowhere Osborne’s Magic Tree House cannot take readers, as this successful foray suggests,” our reviewer writes. View video >

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