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Contributor(s): Osborne, Mary Pope, Murdocca, Sal (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0679824111     ISBN-13: 9780679824114
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: July 1992
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Annotation: Illus. in black-and-white. "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. 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."--"Booklist.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dinosaurs; Fiction.
Time travel; Fiction.
Magic; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Readers
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 91051106
Lexile Measure: 240
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Magic Tree House
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.25" (0.15 lbs) 68 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 6311
Reading Level: 2.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 1.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q03122
Reading Level: 2.5   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 3.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Illus. in black-and-white. " 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. 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." --"Booklist."

Contributor Bio(s): RY POPE OSBORNE is the author of the New York Times number one bestselling Magic Tree House series. She and her husband, writer Will Osborne (author of Magic Tree House: The Musical), live in northwestern Connecticut with their three dogs. Ms. Osborne is also the coauthor of the companion Magic Tree House Fact Trackers series with Will, and with her sister, Natalie Pope Boyce.

SAL MURDOCCA has illustrated more than 200 children's trade and text books. He is also a librettist for children's opera, a video artist, an avid runner, hiker, and bicyclist, and a teacher of children's illustration at the Parsons School of Design. Sal lives and works in New York with his wife, Nancy.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
This time-travel fantasy begins in a mysterious treehouse filled with stacks of books. When Jack wishes to see a real Pteranodon after looking at a picture of one, he and his sister travel through time to the prehistoric past. Though formulaic, dialogue, plot, and illustrations will appeal to young readers. This edition features color illustrations and new appended material. ",,"Younger Fiction",,,,,,,,,,,102088,,,,

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1992 September)
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 Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.
 
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