Magic Tree House #04: Pirates Past Noon

by Mary Pope Osborne

Paperback, 1994



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Scholastic (1994), Edition: FIRST SCHOLASTIC PRINTING, 67 pages


The magic treehouse whisks Jack and Annie back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps, hidden gold, and nasty pirates.

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LibraryThing member annajamieson
In the book Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne, the main characters Jack and Annie are captured by pirates. In their adventure, they must solve the mystery and try to get back home. This is a transition book for elementary students that includes several illustrations. It is a fun book of
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adventure and fantasy that students will love. The Magic Tree House series has many great books for young readers, and this is one of them.
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LibraryThing member dluby17
Although this has historical facts, this is science fiction. In this early chapter book, Annie and Jack head to the tree house during some stormy weather to find themselves transported to warm sunny beaches where they are captured by the Pirates of the Caribbean. Along this journey they find a
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treasure map, treasure, and why they have the magical treehouse.
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LibraryThing member jnd017
Great and easy read. The book is great for young readers getting introduced to chapter books. This book has strong character rolls and his a fun adventure/mystery book. Jack and his little sister Annie have this magic tree house where they find books and go on an adventure while reading them. It
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really invites the reader to get involved and make predictions. This book is a good lesson for characterization lessons. Jack is a quiet person who seems to be quite reserved, but opens up and becomes more adventurous throughout the story. His younger sister Annie is vivacious and doesn't seem to be scared of a thing.
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LibraryThing member kmcgiverin05
This is a science fiction book about two kids who discover a magic tree house. They go back into time and have many adventures. This would be perfect for the intermediate grades where students are just getting into chapter books. I would use this in the classroom to show how reading can be fun, and
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history can be too. Both of the kids who were the main characters where round and they grew a lot though the story.
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LibraryThing member Mluke04
Pirates Past Noon is an example of a fantasy because the main characters are taken into a book by a magic tree house.
The style of this book is effective for children who are beginning to read chapter books. The chapters are short and the font is large. There are also a few pictures in the book
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that help the reader see what is happening.
Media: Watercolor, pen
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LibraryThing member skeeterbo
It wasn't that good. I didn't like it because it was sort of boring. I liked a little of it because I liked the swords and the knives.
LibraryThing member frood42
When the Magic Tree House takes Jack and Annie to a Caribbean Island, the horrible pirate Cap'n Bones demands that they help him recover Kidd's lost treasure. The fourth book in the Magic Tree House series is fun and adventurous. The two protagonists are a believable young brother and sister pair,
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and Jack's careful, studious nature contrasts nicely with Annie's impetuous curiosity. The pirates are nasty and threatening, but not in an overwhelmingly scary manner. Cap'n Bones, for instance, is very vocal about his hatred of books (he calls them “vile booty”), and when the children do not hand over treasure, he takes them to his ship and locks them in his cabin. There is enough suspense about whether the kids can successfully escape from the pirates, but the conflict is resolved without any violence and is appropriate for young readers.

Though this is the fourth in the series, enough background information is given that it can be read alone or out of order. However, the book does end with the exciting reveal of the meaning behind the tree house's 'M', which has been a mystery since the first book, so readers may want to avoid reading this one until after the first three. This book is suited for 2nd through 3rd grade readers.
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LibraryThing member Jingjing
This is a good early chapter book of fantasy. The story would never happen in the real world. Jack and Annie went back to the time of pirates by King Arthur's sister, and they had an adventurous experience on the land.
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Intermediate/Upper
Media: Pen/Pencils
LibraryThing member kljoh
In Pirates Past Noon, The fourth Magic Tree House book, Jack and Annie once again travel in their tree house. This time they end up on a beautiful beach. Before they can enjoy it, they are kidnapped by Cap’n Bones and his crew of pirates. The only way to get away is to help the pirates find
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Captain Kidd’s treasure. Jack and Annie must rely on their courage, critical thinking and a talking parrot to get away from the pirates and back to their home. Children who love Mary Pope Osbourne’s other Magic Tree House books will find this one entertaining. It is both easy to read and interesting. Sal Murdocca’s occasional illustrations support the story perfectly and add a little more excitement. It is recommended for the children’s section of public libraries and elementary school libraries.
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LibraryThing member porch_reader
This is book #4 in the popular Magic Tree House series. My older son didn't read many of these books, but my first grader recently asked me to read one to him. In this book, Jack and his younger sister Annie are transported to an island where they encounter pirates hunting for a buried treasure.
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The idea behind this series is an interesting one, as Jack and Annie visit a number of historical locations. However, the books are definitely geared toward early readers. The plot of this book was pretty thin. But it did hold the interest of my first grade son, and I'm fairly certain that we'll be reading more of the series.
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LibraryThing member Miss.Barbara
Jack and Annie are in deep trouble when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of desert islands, secret maps, hidden gold — and ruthless pirates. Will Jack and Annie discover a buried treasure? Or will they walk the plank?
LibraryThing member hannahmunger
Media: Pencil/watercolor (printed in black and white regular print ink)

Genre: This book is a good example of Historical Fiction and Fantasy because the characters are children who love to explore and read, just like most children do and they experience adventures at home and in other places
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throughout the world that really did happen in history, the author using the children's experiences in history to teach the reader about that place/time period in history. It is fantasy because the children have a magical tree house and they travel through time to the past by pointing to a book.

Setting: The time and place of these stories is the most significant part of communicating the story because the theme and plot is dependent upon where Jack and Annie travel to. In this book they travel to the Caribbean where pirates land on an island looking for treasure. Obviously, without including descriptions of the time period and location where the pirates are, the story wouldn't have a point to it.
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LibraryThing member ecosborne
In Pirates Past Noon Jack and Annie get taken to the world of pirates and help find Captain Kidd's treasure only to return to their time before opening the chest. However they do find out who the mysterious M is who created the tree house and gave them all the books that take them places. This book
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would be really good for a child who has just learnt to read because it is an adventure and all of us like adventures.
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LibraryThing member stormiejean
fun fantacy book, good for group reading. fun and engageing
LibraryThing member jbeliel10
Review: "Pirates Past Noon" is the fourth book in The Magic Treehouse series and consists of the sibling duo Annie and Jack getting involved in a new exotic adventure. Annie and Jack are taken to a sunny beach, but quickly capture by pirates who are on the search for Captain Kidd's buried treasure.
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Throughout the story, Annie and Jack try to solve the mystery of the treasure in order to escape and make it home.

Genre: Fantasy

Genre Critique: This book would be a children's fantasy book because there are elements such as the magic treehouse and the way they travel through time unharmed. It encourages children to use their imaginations and adventure into the unknown.
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LibraryThing member ToxicMasquerade
Jack and Annie finally figure out where the tree house has come from. They travel to Pirates of the Caribbean in this book. While they are there, the pirates capture them to make them find Captain Kidd's treasure. When they find it, a storm comes in and the pirates go back to the safety of their
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ship and the kids go home. When they get home a woman named Morgan tells them about the tree house.
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LibraryThing member TylerSmith
Summary: This story is about two young children, Jack and Annie, who go to their secret treehouse where they have reading adventures. They have been given special tokens from a mysterious person that allows them to travel to different times and experience what is happening in books that appear in
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their tree house. In this adventure the two kids are taken to the caribean in search of buried treasure after they are captured by pirates. they have to use reading to find the treasure and then escape from the pirates.
Genre Critique: This story is an example of science fiction because it gives tools and instruments that are futuristic and can do things that are not possible in the world right now.
Plot: The plot of this story is about young children using reading to help them go more in depth with the books they are coming in contact with. It is also helping them realize that reading can be very fun and useful in leaning new things.
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LibraryThing member jhill06
Genre: Fantasy
Critique: This book is a good example of fantasy because it has such amazing wonders as a time warp that takes them to the Carribian, and Jack and Anne both become part of this wonderious world or pirates and treasure.
LibraryThing member hipsterkidd
As an adult reader, this children's book drew me in and kept me reading. It is a good book for all types of teaching areas in Reading. You can use it to teach theme/genre because it has historical references and pirates. You can use it to teach plot because it has a plot twist like every other
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page. You could also use it for predictions and retelling because the author is very good at leaving clues in the pictures and text. I'm sure there is much more but these were my initial thoughts on it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
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LibraryThing member Ginger_Malone
This is a cute book, and I want to read the rest of them. I know that kids love these books because they get to imagine themselves in different places and situations. I would use this book to show story progression and main idea.
LibraryThing member paulina.chapa
Good book for beginners with chapter books, it teaches about pirates culture, being brave and character traits. Students love it because they feel like they have accomplished a chapter book, it has short sentences and its magical.
LibraryThing member Christy.l.clayton
I like this book my daughter and I read this book a few years back. t is an adventure book. And a wonderful series good for showing how to make predictions
LibraryThing member debnance
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
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more could I ask for?
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LibraryThing member eoertl1
I loved this book! Reading these as a child was one of my favorite things to do. These books always kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next. They were filled with historical references, modern ay mishaps, and characters that made me become so emotionally attached. The
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characters, Jack and Annie are always on some kind of adventure, in pursuit of a mission and a final location. This book is a great example of repetition and familiar word sounds. The Magic Tree House series uses similar repetition of formulas throughout their books such as "the wind blew harder..then everything was still." The end of this book left me so excited to want to read #5, which is something that the author takes much pride in. When books flow into one another, it makes learning for students easier. They can correspond and relate to the text. As well as relate back to previously read books. Overall, I would use this book in my classroom because it is very informative, action filled, and inspiring. It mainly teaches children to never give up and to always pursue their goals. On a 5-7 year old reading level, this book is a great step into chapter book reading. Words are spread across each page, chapters are divide according to a series of important events, and aspects such as character, plot, and setting are all explained in great detail.
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LibraryThing member ecarlson2014
This book tells of the adventures of a brother and sister who have discovered a magical treehouse. They go up into the treehouse and are transported to an island where they meet pirates and find a treasure map.


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0590629859 / 9780590629850

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