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The Magic Treehouse is legit.
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2012
I'm 25, and I've got a cousin who's 9, and we need some books for him to read. My aunt recommended Magic Treehouse, and when I typed it in, "Tonight on the Titanic" was the one that my nine-year-old cousin pointed to.
Well, be bought the book, right, so I had to read it. Just imagine me, a 25-year-old, sitting on the subway reading my Kindle, and when people ask me what I'm reading... I sheepishly look up and say, "Uh... Magic Treehouse..."
I figured... you know... Magic Treehouse. Should be some light-hearted stuff, right?
WRONG. This book is serious.
So these kids jump in their treehouse and go back in time. Whatever, no big deal. Then they have to use historical facts to find a way back. The kids even repeat key facts, like when the Titanic sank, or how many lifeboats it carried. At that point, I thought to myself: Wow - this is pretty sweet and educational.
THAT'S WHEN THINGS GET REAL. Iceberg. BAM. And now the two kids try to save people from drowning! That's crazy! And the author doesn't even sugarcoat the history by changing it into some fictional thing where they save everybody! The boat goes down, and the kids have to escape! This is a really serious book! Wow.
So the boat sinks, and we knew that was gonna happen, but the book ends WITH THE KIDS CRYING about the Titanic! The book is not graphic, totally appropriate language for younger audiences, but I thought that was really gutsy for the author, as the book will push kids towards thinking about some really serious topics.
This book don't pull no punches. That boat sank. Deal with it. That's what I'm talking about.
Mary Pope Osborne, I will be buying more of your books and reading them with my little cousins. Take my money.