Dinosaurs Before Dark
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Sal Murdocca
Series: Magic Tree House (Book #1)
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Dinosaurs, Magic and Supernatural, Cooperation and Teamwork, Siblings
Jack didn't expect to have much fun hanging out with his kid sister Annie. But then she discovered the tree house in the woods. It's a normal-looking tree house, a bit high up, nothing out of the ordinary though — and no one's home. So Jack and Annie climb up for a peek.
What they find inside is an enormous library. When Jack opens a book about dinosaurs, he points to a picture, makes a wish, and suddenly the world of the book becomes the world they are in.
Goodbye, Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Hello, prehistoric times!
And that means real live Pteranodons, Anatosaurs, Triceratops, and T. rexes romping everywhere — and ferocious adventure on every page! Will the dinosaurs catch Jack and Annie and eat them for dinner? Will they make it back to the tree house first? And how do they get the tree house to take them back home?
Come along for the magic and the fun in this fiercely entertaining read.
Jack and Annie lead a perfectly normal life. Perfectly normal, that is, until they come across an abandoned tree house with the power to whisk the kids away to different times and places!
Whether they're exploring the ancient pyramids of Egypt and helping out the ghost of an Egyptian queen, or crossing the Delaware with General George Washington, Jack and Annie are always ready for another adventure. More importantly, the facts they learn along the way always provide the keys to completing their quests. The siblings love to read up on any subjec, whether it's to crack codes, solve riddles, or simply get out of scrapes.
And as readers follow along on each magical journey, they are introduced to all kinds of interesting information about different time periods, key historical figures, and various cultures and civilizations. With plenty of facts mixed in with tons of excitement, each book provides a great foundation of knowledge that supports future learning.
As a children's book author, Mary Pope Osborne considers herself to be a professional daydreamer.