Dinosaurs Before Dark

Dinosaurs Before Dark

Book - 1992
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The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system!

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?

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
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

Have more fun with Jack and Annie at MagicTreeHouse.com!
Publisher: New York : Random House, [1992]
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780679824114
Characteristics: 68 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Murdocca, Sal - Illustrator


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Jack and Annie's very first fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House! These books feature short chapters and plenty of illustrations.

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DCLteens Mar 29, 2018

This is the very best fantasy and adventure series for kids. Jack and Annie go on magical journeys accompanied by the wizard, Merlin. They fly away to different moments in time in their tree house. Honestly, it is the bomb.
Reviewed by Jori, a Teen Library Council member

Feb 18, 2018

Though this series will not spark and challenge a young reader's thinking and conceptualizing, it is a great introduction to chapter books for the very young reader with simple story lines and likable characters. The cover praises this book for "newly independent readers." If that means K-1 then I agree. If that means grades 2-3 then I think these readers are being underestimated.

Jan 26, 2018

This entire series is great for littler kids.

Nov 12, 2017

As a child, the stories of Jack and Annie would always leave me in awe of the human imagination. I would imagine myself exploring the world beyond reality with them, in pursuit of adventure and mystery. This very first book took us back to the prehistoric times of dinosaurs and seemingly ancient creatures of the past. There are some days that I still cannot process that such creatures once roamed the Earth, that we currently walk on! The writing style is very captivating, for readers that are beginning their literature at a young age with chapter books or stories. I would definitely recommend this to any guided reading teacher or student.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

PimaLib_Kids Apr 13, 2017

I like the book because of the magic tree house. ~ Marissa, age 8

JCLChrisK Jul 05, 2016

So very earnest. So very full of simple stereotypes. So very well plotted and characterized that I can see why this has remained the most popular beginning chapter book series since I started in the business almost fifteen years ago.

Young siblings Jack and Annie find a mysterious box that they use to travel through time and space, often aided by they box's powerful, magical owner. That's right, in its most basic form the series is Doctor Who for 6-8 year old readers (which has been popular enough to become one of the longest running TV shows of all time). Older Jack (8) is the cautious, studious one who wants to learn before leaping; Annie (7) is the optimistic one who rushes right into everything. It's a perfect combination to establish a balance of adventure and education, with just a touch of tension between them. The tree house's owner provides the mystery.

(This review is for the audio of books 1-8, listened to in immediate succession.)

PimaLib_Kids Mar 14, 2016

I like Jack and Annie books because it has a mystery in the book. ~ Jazzy, age 8

I also barrowed this book from my teacher but i read it last year it was really good a little sort book but it's ok if you want to finish it really fast and like in my school when you can only keep it for 1 day than it's good to have it sort .i like how he was reading a book with his friend it's good to read books with a friend .

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 29, 2012

awesome to read and full of advnetures!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 28, 2012

I like how Annie likes to use her imagination. I like how they read the book and wish to see the Pteranodon and then a Pteranodon comes to life.

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 29, 2012

Jack and Annie discover the tree house and, using the magical books there, they travel back to the Late Cretaceous period (65 million years ago) where they meet a Pteranodon that saves them from a T-rex. Jack finds a gold medallion with the letter "M" on it.

Jun 28, 2012

Annie likes imagination. Jack likes things that are real. They go in the treehouse and read the books and the things in the books come to real life. Jack loves books. Annie is not scared. Jack is a liitle scared. I like how the things in the book come to life.

Apr 27, 2010

Jack and his sister Annie find a mysterious tree house in the woods. They soon find out it can transport them to different places, and different times. They accidentally get transported to dinosaur times and are in for an adventure!

lucky Oct 25, 2008

Jack and Annie have discovered a magical tree house that has led them to the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Will they be able to survive?


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