Magic Tree House # 1: Dinosaurs Before Dark

by Mary Pope Osborne

Paperback, 1992

Status

Available

Local notes

PB Osb

Publication

Random House Books for Young Readers (1992), Edition: 0, Paperback, 80 pages

Description

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.

Original publication date

1992

Physical description

80 p.; 7.7 inches

ISBN

0679824111 / 9780679824114

Barcode

1922

User reviews

LibraryThing member annajamieson
In Mary Pope Osborne's Dinosaurs Before Dark, the characters Jack and Annie adventure back in time to when dinosaurs lived on earth. This book is a part of the Magic Tree House series that is loved by many children. It is a transitional book that includes some illustrations. It is a great read for children who are moving from independently reading picture books to chapter books. Children will love the adventure and mystery of this book!… (more)
LibraryThing member hem143
Join these adventurous siblings as they travel back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the land! A great transition book for children learning to read. A little more advanced than picture books however not quite to the level of a chapter book this is a perfect story to instill and continue a love of reading.
LibraryThing member KristalKangasHanes
Eight and a half year old Jack and his seven year old sister Annie find a wonderful tree house in the woods near their home. This tree house is filled to the brim with books, and as Jack is reading about dinosaurs he utters a wish that he could see one alive. Suddenly the world begins spinning and Jack and Annie are magically transported to the age of dinosaurs. They encounter a docile Pterandon that eventually becomes a brave hero, a colony of Anatosauruses with nests of young, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex that hunts Jack and nearly catches him! In this first of the Magic Tree House series, Jack and Annie learn that the tree house can transport them to a different time and place. Jack takes meticulous scientific notes of their adventure and Annie's curiosity helps them see more than Jack would by himself. This is a first in a series. Written for young readers as perhaps their first adventure in a chapter book this book includes a few rich pencil drawn illustrations. This series is a great jump off into the world of chapter books.… (more)
LibraryThing member smilz23
Annie and Jack stumble across a tree house filled with books. When Jack opens a book about dinosaurs and wishes to see one, they are transported to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. This chapter book is enhanced by the drawings of the dinosaurs. This is also the first in a series of adventure stories that begin in the magic tree house.

Classroom connections: This would be a good suggested personal reading book for students. In addition to sharing an adventure with brother and sister these books teach small lessons about the times and places they travel to.
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LibraryThing member enagreen
This book was awesome! I was introduced to it by a second-grade friend of mine who loves the Magic Tree House books; it is the first book in the series. The book is fun and takes the reader on exciting adventures while introducing scientific information at the same time.
LibraryThing member JenniferHauschildt
Jack and Annie find a tree house filled with books near their house. Jack opens the dinosaur book and wishes he could see a real dinosaur, so the treehouse spins and brings them back to prehistoric times. They meet nice dinosaurs like the pteranodan and scary dinosaurs like the T-Rex. They even saw nests of baby dinosaurs. They had quite an adventure. They found another book that brought them back home. They decided to keep the treehouse a secret, so they could have more adventures.

Personal Reaction -

This was a good book. My son read this series in 2nd or 3rd grade, so it was fun to read something that he was interested in. This is a chapter book, but short enough to keep readers entertained. After reading it, I understand why kids like to read series books, because I want to know what their next adventure will be too.

Classroom Extension Ideas -

- This would be good for a teacher read aloud in class. It might get the kids interested in starting the series.

- This would also be good for a small group book. The kids could each write a short summary of the book, and also describe an adventure that they think Jack and Annie should take.
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LibraryThing member skeeterbo
I liked the book because it was about dinosaurs, and I like dinosaurs. It was sort of funny, and it was surprising! I am looking forward to Book #2!
LibraryThing member pjbailey
This was the first "Jack and Annie" book that I ever read, and it was very exciting.
LibraryThing member mmburks
This is the first book in the Magic Tree House series. It is about two siblings who find a magic tree house in the woods. This tree house takes them on adventures through books. On this adventure they go back to the time of dinosaurs.
LibraryThing member Mluke04
This is an example of a fantasy because the main character travel through time by opening books. The characters are able to enter the books they read and become part of the story.
The plot in this book is simple but effective. The book starts with the children finding the magic tree house filled with books. Jack opens a book about dinosaurs and the tree house takes them to the time of the dinosaurs. The children have a chance to explore until the climax of the story-they are being chased by a Tyrannosaurus-Rex. When they make it to the tree house the resolution of the story begins. It is a simple plot, but well-suited to it's audience (it is an early chapter book).
Media: Water color, pen
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LibraryThing member artlibby
On the way home from school, Jack and Annie stumble upon a curious tree house that whisks them back into the time dinosaurs roamed the earth. Jack has a hard time keeping his little sister out of trouble as her curiosity leads them further and further into their shared adventure of the prehistoric past. They are unsure of how the tree house traveled back in time, and they need to figure out how to get back home for dinner before a dinosaur decides to feast on them! Pictures accompany the story, and the book unfolds through short chapters that are perfect for newly independent readers. The themes of responsibility and curiosity run through the story. The first in a series, the ending of this book beckons readers to wonder, where will Jack and Annie go next?… (more)
LibraryThing member lisabankey
Using the LeapPad technology with this story gives this book new dimension. This is a way to interact with the book as well as read it. For struggling readers this is a way to find out what a word is quickly and get the story read without having to stop.

Dinosaurs Before Dark is Mary Pope Osborne's first book in the popular series The Magic Treehouse. Here Jack and Annie travel back in time in their magic treehouse to the days of dinosaurs.… (more)
LibraryThing member clstone
'Dinosaurs Before Dark' is the first in the series of "Magic Tree House" books. The short chapter book is great for young readers and tells the tale of a pair of siblings that find a tree house in the woods behind their house. Jack and Annie climb the tree house and find tons of books there. They open a book about dinosaurs and are immediately taken to a faraway land. This story tells the journey of Jack and Annie's adventures in the land of the dinosaurs and how they get back home.… (more)
LibraryThing member PrincessAshley
Children’s Novel (Series)

‘Dinosaurs Before Dark’ is the first in the Magic Tree House series. Although I was not able to find mention of any awards for this book or series, I did notice that ‘Magic Tree House’ has been turned into a musical. Most of the books also end up on at least one best sellers list when they first come out and are used extensively in schools. (They even come with accompanying research guides on the topics introduced in the books).

In ‘Dinosaurs Before Dark’ Jack and his sister discover a strange tree house filled with books. While investigating they are transported far into the past by a book. They learn many facts about dinosaurs and Jack notes down first hand experiences in his handy notebook. Both children have to work together to find a way home before their mother starts to worry, and with a little help from a new friend they manage.

‘Dinosaurs Before Dark’ is a lovely story, and both Jack and Annie are extremely believable and likable characters. I love how the author weaves interesting facts into a fanciful story filled with magic and finished off with a hint of mystery; it keeps the reader in suspense which encourages you to keep reading the series. Osborne does a masterful job of writing a story that both children and adults will approve of. The Magic Tree House series is now on book #42 and still going strong; the appeal that was evident in the first book must carry throughout the series for it to be this popular.
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LibraryThing member rsamet
This series about two siblings who discover a magic tree house filled with books that can transport them to other times and places, goes beyond fun adventures--it is a wonderful way to introduce kids to the importance of observation and taking notes about important details. In this, the first in the series, Jack and his little sister Annie realize that making a wish to see something in a book within the Magic Tree House will take them there. They find themselves in a time and place filled with dinosaurs, most of whom are friendly, but some of whom are not. Jack takes notes about the wonderful things that they discover, like a scientist or explorer would do, while Annie is adventurous and sometimes gets herself into trouble. Both kids are clever and figure out how to get back home, where miraculously no time has passed. They agree to keep the Magic Tree House and their adventures a secret so that they can continue to explore the wonders contained within the books. Sprinkled liberally with great illustrations and weighing in at only 68 pages, this is a great beginning chapter book for girls and boys in 1st through 3rd grade, but is also suitable for younger advanced readers. It could also be used within the classroom to teach children how to take notes about important ideas.… (more)
LibraryThing member msequeira06
Genre: Fantasy because the children find a magic tree house that leads them to a land of dinosaurs. The fact there is a magic tree house and they experience dinosaurs are both very fanciful ideas and definitely not reality.
LibraryThing member ruthe002
First book in the Magic Treehouse series. Great, easy first chapter book. Exciting read for young readers.
LibraryThing member eewil110
a wonderful adventure story! Very fun and quick to read. Very imaginative.
LibraryThing member justineaylward
Historical, adventurous stories! Plus they seem to be never ending! About a brother and sister who find a mysterious tree house that is really a time machine! Let the adventures begin!
LibraryThing member jenflock
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.… (more)
LibraryThing member adwirth
This book is about 2 siblings who find a tree house by their house. The younger sibling, Annie, convinces herolder brother Jack to climb the ladder with her to explore the tree house. In it, they find that it is full of all kinds of books. When Jack looks at a picture in one book and wishes he was there, his wish comes true. The kids experience their first adventure with real dinosaurs.… (more)
LibraryThing member tamilarson
Jack and Annie find a tree house that transports them away, a fun adventure for 2nd graders... the perfect beginning reader chapter book.
LibraryThing member Ms.Penniman
Retelling: Siblings, Annie and Jack, discover a magic tree-house in the woods. The tree-house has books in it. They open a book about dinosaurs and are transported through time and space into a prehistoric land where they encounter a Pteranodon, Triceratops, Anatosauruse and Tyrannosaurus Rex. Like a scientist, Jack records his observations of the animals and uses the book to find out how they behave so he can keep his sister safe. They barely escape capture from the T-Rex and read their way back home to Pennsylvania. Jack brought back a mysterious medallion with the letter M on it, a portent of more adventures to come.

Thoughts and Feelings: This wasn't just a fun story, it was a great way to learn more about dinosaurs. The book made me want to research geologic time. What was the Cretaceous period and how was it different from other periods in prehistoric times? How was it different from our time? Why aren't their dinosaurs anymore?
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LibraryThing member rwheeler08
Genre: Modern Fantasy

Critique of Genre: This is an excellent example of modern fantasy because a brother and a sister find a magic tree house that transports them into the time of the dinosaurs. The events of this book are not possible in the real world, however, the author writes in a way that makes the story believable.

Age: Intermediate

Critique of Characterization: (See star rating above)
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LibraryThing member StephanieWA
The first in a popular series your newly independent readers, Dinosaurs Before Dark includes many elements which will appeal to young readers, including dinosaurs, adventure, both a male and female character, and time travel. The fact that Annie tends to take the lead in this story will appeal to girls, and Jack's knowledge also helps the two get out of many scapes. Children will love the fast-paced plot and the message that books, which is what they find in the treehouse in the woods, help to feed your imagination.… (more)

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Lexile

510L

Pages

80

Rating

(414 ratings; 3.8)
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