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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1) Paperback – July 28, 1992
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Where did the tree house come from?
Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark…or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?
The Magic Tree House series has been a beloved favorite for over 25 years and is sure to inspire a love of reading—and adventure—in every child who joins Jack and Annie!
Did you know that there’s a Magic Tree House book for every kid?
• Magic Tree House: Adventures with Jack and Annie, perfect for readers who are just beginning chapter books
• Magic Tree House Graphic Novels: Jack and Annie's original adventures come to life with full-color, vibrant art, perfect for graphic novel fans and reluctant readers
• Merlin Missions: More challenging adventures for the experienced reader
• Super Edition: A longer and more dangerous adventure
• Fact Trackers: Nonfiction companions to your favorite Magic Tree House adventures
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|Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4||Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 5-8||Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 9-12||Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 13-16||Magic Tree House Volumes 17-20 Boxed Set:|
|Collect all of the Magic Tree House boxed sets!||Books in this set include: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon||Books in this set include: Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon||Books in this set include: Dolphins at Daybreak, Ghost Town at Sundown, Lions at Lunchtime, and Polar Bears Past Bedtime||Books in this set include: Vacation Under the Volcano, Day of the Dragon King, Viking Ships at Sunrise, and Hour of the Olympics||Books in this set include: Books in this set include: Tonight on the Titanic, Buffalo Before Breakfast, Tigers at Twilight, and Dingoes at Dinnertime|
|Magic Tree House Volumes 21-24 Boxed Set||Magic Tree House Volumes 25-28 Boxed Set||Magic Tree House Merlin Mission 1-4 Boxed Set||Magic Tree House Merlin Missions #1-25 Boxed Set||Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28|
|Travel to more far-away places with Jack and Annie!||Books in this set include: Civil War on Sunday, Revolutionary War on Wednesday, Twister on Tuesday, and Earthquake in the Early||Books in this set include: Stage Fright on a Summer Night, Good Morning, Gorillas, Thanksgiving on Thursday, and High Tide in Hawaii||Books in this Merlin Missions set include: Christmas in Camelot, Haunted Castle on Hallows Eve, Summer of the Sea Serpent, Winter of the Ice Wizard||Merlin Mission Books 1–25 of the #1 New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series boxed together for the first time ever!||This boxed set is the ultimate gift for any Magic Tree House fan. With a total of twenty-eight adventures, kids will never get tired of traveling the world and completing missions with their new friends Jack and Annie!|
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From the Back Cover
- ASIN : 0679824111
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (July 28, 1992)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 80 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780679824114
- ISBN-13 : 978-0679824114
- Reading age : 6 - 9 years
- Lexile measure : 510L
- Grade level : 1 - 4
- Item Weight : 2.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.21 x 0.24 x 7.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We recently started reading chapter books for our nearly 5 year old son. We bought a few different ones to see what he'd like. We bought and read the first of My Father's Dragon and The Littles. He liked them OK. My wife and I didn't like My Father's Dragon so much because it seems quite dated. The Littles was OK but was rather violent for a kid his age. But the Magic Tree house series is in a word ... magical. My son can't wait for us to read several chapters at bed time and always asks for one more no matter how many we read. I think we are already on book 10 now. It will be sad when we finally finish the last one.
What's so great about these books is that they combine adventure with learning about so many different things ... history, other cultures, geography, animals, and so on. My wife and I also appreciate that the books are about a boy and a girl, not just a boy going on the adventures. The girl is brave and somewhat impulsive, and the boy is more hesitant and cerebral. Together, they make a great team. They also aren't simply exploring. For each book, they have some sort of mission, such as figuring out a riddle or finding a certain object, so there's some sort of puzzle element to the books that spurs thinking. Generally, the missions are part of a larger mission that spans several books as well. What more can you ask for as a parent? These books are fun and engaging for our son, teach him about lots of different things, and encourage him to think abstractly about what's happening in the story. Thank you Mary Pope Osborne!
By Sarah G on March 30, 2017
By Jenny on February 19, 2017
The print is clear and easy to see, which makes a difference in my sons reading. Each page has plenty of words and beautiful illustrations. The chapters are short and full of exciting adventures. I think it’s good for kids just starting to read chapter books. But it would make a great read aloud as well. Most importantly it’s a fun series and holds his interest. The series also has nonfiction companion books that go alone with some of the books. I think it is appropriate for a wide age range 5-10. It’s great for kids practicing reading with punctuation, first chapter readers, fluent readers, or reading to your child. The series is fun, imaginative, an a excellent example of writing and story telling for a young reader.
The paper doesn’t seem like the best quality so I can’t let my son hold in to it
The series follows the adventures of a sister and brother who are able to travel through time and space with the magic from the tree house. They go on missions to help "Merlin" and meet many characters along the way. In each story, a new time and/or place is introduced. The reader is able to learn about new lands and experience a magical world in context that anyone can understand.
It is not necessary to begin with the first book, although as the series goes on, many of the stories reference past volumes in them.
I bought the first book as a trial to see if my 6 year old would enjoy a chapter book read aloud to him. He is hooked! We read the whole thing in one day!
I returned to ordered 1-4 box set which was out of stock. We can’t wait to keep reading these. It will be a great book to read to him and as he learns to read, he’ll be able to read to me! We can’t wait!
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prior experience of chapter books. I WILL make readers of them all!!