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Magic Tree House: #1-4 (Magic Tree House #1-4)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,007 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Get ready for a world of adventure with the first four titles in the beloved Magic Tree House series!

Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books...and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house a
Paperback, 125 pages
Published May 29th 2001 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published July 24th 1996)
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Nikki  King
So this will we a review of every Magic Tree House book EVER. I LOVED this series growing up. My life practically revolved around going to the library to get the next book! I stopped reading after #34 where they were coming out new and I had to wait forever for the library to get them and i was growing up and reading new things. I slowly forgot about this beloved series and was on to bigger and better things (Magic Tree house wasn't exactly a challenging read for any 5th-9th grader lol but the o ...more
Maya Orama
This book was about this boy nam e jack and this girl. Name Annie and then jack and Annie was waking in the forest And Then Annie said look a tree hose and then jack clim up to and then jack saw a thrall Tavares and then and then Annie Clim up the magic tree hose and then Annie was going on the tragic and then jack pick up a timer and then jack. ow Saw iota of diner savers and then jack ran because Annie all mossy fell Downey and then jack saw a diner core and Then jack Was around the tree and t ...more
Judy Fisher
I read these books to my kids when they were little (a long time ago). Kept going as they learned to read and would then read them to me. I always enjoyed the stories as much as my boys did.
Feb 03, 2015 Amy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: kidlets
We got this series based on a friend's recommendation and it was spot on. My son DOES love it, but I don't. It's trite and the writing isn't particularly good. I love the concept and theme, but the application just isn't a winner for me. The issues:
--Grammar and syntax aren't up to snuff. I know they are books for kids, but still.
--The kids never change. We're already 10 books in and by book 2 we know that Annie is impulsive and Jack is thoughtful. When Annie's choices get them in trouble, nothi
I read this one to the kids at bedtime. They thoroughly enjoyed it and frequently asked me to read it to them. I can't say for sure how many nights it took, but probably a couple nights per story, and there are four stories in this collection. The book is intermixed with nice little illustrations which the kids also enjoyed. On that note, my kids are ages 6, 4, and 2 and they all seemed to like it equally. The protagonists are a boy and a girl, so I wouldn't say that the book is geared toward ei ...more
I'd probably give these 4 stars, but my reluctant reader LOVES them. These are the first chapter books that he has been excited about. A brother and sister stick together through all kinds of adventures and learn about different times and places (dinosaurs, mummies, the amazon, egypt, etc.). It takes us two 25-30 minute readings to finish a book together. There is usually a picture in each chapter, which is kind of fun too.
Nehemiah Jacques
I think book number 1 and 2 were pretty good.Number 3 and 4 were ok.
Kimberly Gill
These books are about Jack and Annie, a brother and sister that discover a magical tree house that is filled with books. The first book, Dinosaur Before Dark, brings Jack and Annie to prehistoric times. In each book, the characters go through a magical journal to different places around the world.
The MGH books are great for early chapter book readers. They are interesting and engaging for this age group. For more advanced readers, the Merlin Missions are MGH books but are longer. These books ar
Grace (6) likes some of these books, but Lily (4) loves them. She has already read 4 and is currently reading another one. She can't get enough. Of course, she can't read them by herself yet, but even with just a few pictures she has loved having these books read to her at night. She begs for more chapters. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars because it's not that well written and all the books pretty much follow the exact same formula. The only thing that changes is the location. Good for kids, but kind ...more
My youngest (1st grade) is showing an interest in reading. This series always gets good reviews as a good "chapter" book starter. My older kids have read a few of them here and there but they never totally clicked (nothing much clicks with my boys). But #5 seems to be liking this reading stuff (yea!). We read the first three books together, then we decided he could read them on his own. He's basically been reading a book a day. I will usually still grab the book and quickly read it myself (it ta ...more
This book swept me away to this other wonderful world. The setting was brilliantly set. I could totally see it in my mind. But the characters were definitely my favorite part. They are all so colorful, interesting, exciting, and hilarious. The main character is just perfect. The plot moved fast enough that I couldn't stop reading lest I miss something, but the author still took the time to flesh out the details. The details are what really make or break a story.
We're reading the Magic Treehouse with Leif. It's perfect for him. At three/four, he's ready for stories with more plot/story, but still wants pictures. These chapters are short, and have a good arc to them, and there are pictures throughout the book. When we have a little time we read one or two chapters, but we can make it through a book in an evening if he wants to. At his age, we change a few lines (eg "I'm going to kill you" to "I'm going to hurt you") but for the most part they're exactly ...more
My 7-year old twin daughters are very much into this series and so we've begun reading them together. I love them as much as they do... the concept of "traveling" into the world of each books is so fantastic. They inspire imagination and fantasy!
May 19, 2014 Ak added it
I read this such a long time ago! I honestly really liked these books when I was younger. I think these books sort of made me the person I am today. It really got me into fantasy and magic. Ummm, overall, they were cute books that hold lots of information!!
Adreana Tseng
My most favorite series as I was growing up and still reading it today! XD This series has made me become the person I am today....a bibliophile! I recommend this book to children as they grow up so they can experience adventure and creativity.
I personally did not like this series as a 12 year old, but I remember in about 1st grade, I was obsessed with all of the non stop action and drama. I loved all of the magical tree and house and wizard stuff too. Yet, as I said, that was 1st grade.
Jun 21, 2014 Beth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: daniel
These are our first chapter books. Kids Jack and Annie discover a magic treehouse that is a portal to other times and places. It's a nice mix of fantasy, science,and history. Plots are engaging for 6 year old
My 3 year old is loving these as his first read aloud chapter books. He loves adventure and the story is engaging without being too wordy. I'm sure he will live reading these himself when he is older.
Kim Moss
I read these with my three and five year-olds. They loved them, and there's so much content, you'll be able to have meaningful discussions about history, geography, nature, and character. Love the series!
I Love this series! To me, it is historical-fiction for kids. Love it! My kids love it! Word of warning, you really need to read them in order to appreciate them.
Book 1

Good book...funny!
I bought the ebook collection for my second grader and those were the two words he chose to describe book 1.
I get that children really enjoy these but it was simply predictable for me. Perhaps I will try one of their other books to see if it is any different.
This series is terrific. Some real facts and a story line kids can follow. My girls loved these in Kindergarten and re-read them in GR1.
I absolutely loved reading this series when I was growing up. This series was actually what got me to be the avid reader that I am today. I stopped reading the series avter Christmas in Camelot since I started getting interested in expanding my library. Today I had a hard time deciding what to read and then remembered the series. When I found out that Mrs. Osbourne has written over 40 books for this series I decided I would read the series again and keep reading it until the day she finishes it. ...more
Very good book, and very detailed information for younger students. Kids LOVE these books.
Very formulaic, but reading them out loud won me lots of points with the four year old crowd :)
These books are adventurous. To children to have an active imagination.
I really like the first four books.I would like to finish the series.
It was awesome and full of adventure. What? I was bored!
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Mary Pope Osborne has channeled a lifelong love of exploration and travel into one of the most popular children’s book series of the past two decades. With her fantastic Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne keeps the good times rolling for kids all over the world.
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Magic Tree House (1 - 10 of 53 books)
  • Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1)
  • The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House, #2)
  • Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House, #3)
  • Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House, #4)
  • Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House, #5)
  • Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House, #6)
  • Sunset of the Sabertooth (Magic Tree House, #7)
  • Midnight On The Moon (Magic Tree House, #8)
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  • Ghost Town at Sundown (Magic Tree House, #10)
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, #1) The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House, #2) Mummies in the Morning (Magic Tree House, #3) Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House, #4) Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House, #5)

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“frantically. Where was his backpack? “Go!” said a guard, giving him a push. Jack went. Down they marched, down the long, dark hallway. Squinty, Annie, Mustache, Jack, and Red. Down a narrow, winding staircase. Jack heard Annie shouting at the guards. “Dummies! Meanies! We didn’t do anything!” The guards laughed. They didn’t take her seriously at all. At the bottom of the stairs was a big iron door with a bar across it. Squinty pushed the bar off the door. Then he shoved at the door. It creaked open. Jack and Annie were pushed into a cold, clammy room. The fiery torch lit the dungeon. There were chains hanging from the filthy walls. Water dripped from the ceiling, making puddles on the stone floor. It was” 2 likes
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