Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, #29)
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Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House #29)

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The Magic Tree House series has become a staple for inspiring kids to read. Christmas in Camelot is a very special Magic Tree House book. Here, author Mary Pope Osborne uses the literary skills for which she’s known to create a longer, more in-depth story featuring the characters kids have come to love. The result is magical: a fast-paced but detailed, easy-to-read story....more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Random House for Young Readers (first published October 23rd 2001)
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Cathy
My first Merlin Mystery! There is a big shift in theme here. This book doesn't deal with the kids on an adventure into history, but instead into fantasy. Instead of facts and history, they learned about the power of memory and imagination. Maybe even that some things don't have to be true to be important. Jack doesn't even have time to take notes! Anyway, it was a traditional fantasy adventure, quest and all. Some of the fun mythological elements, in addition to Camelot and it's denizens, were t...more
Brandon Loehrke
“Christmas In Camelot” begins when Jack and Annie find a book about Merlin. The book is all about the feasts and celebrations in Camelot. Jack and Annie are excited to go to Camelot to see what it is like. When they get there Camelot looks nothing like the book said it would. An evil witch casted a spell over Camelot that took away all the celebration. Jack and Annie go visit the King and Queen of Camelot. They tell Jack and Annie that three of their knights are missing. Jack and Annie soon meet...more
Lisa
We've been snowed in quite a bit in the last few weeks, so the kids and I have been getting our read on. Our favorite read-aloud books are The Magic Tree House series, and the best of those are the Merlin Missions. This one is the first of the Merlin Missions, and it's GREAT! My kids (my son is 8 and my daughter is 7) were so into it, they kept begging me to keep going whenever I came to the end of a chapter, and they were hanging on my arms and squealing while I read it, they found the adventur...more
Queen Susan the Gentle
It all started when they saw a dove in the evening mist. Jack and Annie found inside the treehouse a royal invitation to a Christmas party in Camelot signed with an M. They thought it was from their good friend the enchantress, so they went. But when they get there she tells them Camelot isn't celebrating Christmas. The food is terrible, and no one is smiling. They soon learn Camelot has been robbed of its joy. And all magic has been banned. Soon comes in a thundering Christmas Knight. Jack and...more
Simon
I loved this book! When I learned it was being written, I was so excited because I had thought that the Magic Tree House Books were over. I still had that thought and it lingered. It could just be a Christmas special book.

I was so excited to read it on Christmas eve. But when I read the part about it being "the last adventure" I was so sad and shocked. It was really crazy.

The rest of the book was so magical and it just took me there and I lived it. I got to see so much happen and hear all the so...more
Lauren
In my opinion, the merit of the Magic Treehouse books is that they are fun and educational, and they are able to transport children to different places and times in history, with the possibilities being endless. But here at Book #29, the author starts sending her characters on "Merlin Missions" to fictional places where they encounter people and creatures of fantasy. To me, this is confusing and frustrating to kids. They are used to actually learning stuff from Magic Treehouse books. The "Merlin...more
Crystal
DS and I listened to this on audio from the library. We both enjoyed it. The voices are well done and it's very engrossing to both me as a parent and my son the 8-year-old. I like the fantasy-world aspect and I also enjoyed the authors talk at the end about Camelot and how it came from history and from story-telling. Very fascinating. Another great read for DS and I to enjoy in the car on the way to and from school. And it offers a great jumping off point for some discussions.
Kati
Nov 24, 2010 Kati rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: junior
Part of the "Magic Tree House" series, this book has Jack and Annie traveling to Camelot where they find things are not as they should be. Jack and Annie agree to go on a quest to the "Otherworld" to try to get find and bring back some water from the cauldron of memory and imagination. Will Jack and Annie be able to get past the keepers of the cauldron and safely bring the water of memory and imagination back to Camelot to restore the joy before it's too late?
Lulu
A magical story. Literally.
John
I'm not sure I would have given this quite so high a rating, but I asked my fifth-grade reading partner. She said five stars, and that's the opinion that counts.
I asked her what she liked about it, and she mentioned the part where the water spilled. I can't go into that without spoiling it, however.
Some of the devices in "Christmas in Camelot" struck me as imitative. It's winter, but not Christmas (thank you, C.S. Lewis). We get past the evil forces in an invisibility cloak (thank you, J.K. Rowl...more
Kristofer
Did you ever wonder of a magical place to visit? You can find one in a place callled Camelot. Jack and Annie are brother and sister who go to Camelot to spend Christmas. After they arrive there, they find there is no joy and happiness because the evil wizard Mordred had cast a spell on Camelot. Jack and Annie embark on a magical adventure to free camelot from the spell by completing a quest. In order to break the spell they need a cloak which they already have and a key to unlock the door to the...more
Patti Korbet
It was great to finally get a chance to read the first book from the Merlin Missions. Now it seems like we're pretty much caught up, well, almost, anyway. I wish we'd been able to get it earlier; it really sets the tone for the other stories and helps set the stage for a Jack and Annie who are growing up and gaining in maturity.

This story takes place the Christmas after their last mission for Morgan, which if you recall was in the summer. So, it's been several months since our young hero and her...more
SarahC
The Magic Tree House series and the fact guides that are published along with the series by Osborne are good early chapter books and I have enjoyed the few I have read. However, Christmas in Camelot isn't one of the best for either fans of the series or those looking for King Arthur stories.

Since the Athurian characters are dear to my heart I would have loved to see the legend described more, but perhaps Osborne did that in an earlier Tree House. In this book though, the characters were very fla...more
Sam
A cup, a compass, a key: the magic tree house has brought siblings Annie and Jack to Camelot, where they embark on a mysterious mission to find these enigmatic gifts. In this special hardcover addition to the bestselling Magic Tree House series, the young adventurers must travel to the Otherworld, an "ancient, enchanted land beyond the edge of the Earth, the place where all magic began" to save Camelot from dark wizard Mordred's evil spell. If they fail, Camelot will be forgotten forever. Fans o...more
Bookslut
This is a giant leap forward for The Magic Tree House books. We read the first three and though the children begged for more, I would not do another from this series. In fact, I frequently sited them as the most boring and pointless chapter books I'd read with the kids so far. I don't know when the quality of these books improves, since we skipped from #3 to #29 (this was a bookclub pick for our library group), but somewhere along the line Jack and Annie really step up their game. Things actuall...more
Suzforkatie
Yes, I would recommend this book because it's so mysterious and I would just recommend it if you like adventure stories. It's very adventurous. It was my favorite of all the Magic Tree House books yet (I've read up to #31).

This book is about Camelot getting frozen for the time when Jack and Annie were away. Camelot's story would end if Jack and Annie could not come back. Jack and Annie have to travel to the Otherworld in order to save Camelot. It's a tragic mission because it's very scary and I...more
Gen
In the spirit of Christmas, I decided to read Magic Tree House #29: Christmas in Camelot. In just 128 pages, magic, fantasy, and imagination were all beautifully wrapped up. An evil wizard named Mordred had cast a spell on Camelot where Jack and Annie (brother and sister) decided to spend Christmas. No joy and no happiness could be found so Jack and Annie embark on an important quest to break the spell and bring life back to Camelot. Historical and full of fantasy, I recommend Christmas in Camel...more
Edward Creter
This copuld be the most challenging adventure--maybe even the last!--for Jack and Annie and the Magic Tree House. Camelot is under a dark spell and our two heroes have to go on a quest to find a cup that will freee the Knights of the Round Table and bring joy to England once again. One of their better adventures.
Victoria
I think that Christmas in Camelot is a very good because it is fiction. And the stag, it is beautiful because it is white and is as white as new falling snow and white is a color people can see very well. And the VVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRYYYYYYY BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG lizard thing looks scary, but cool.
Anna
I began my Magic Tree House reading odyssey with this book. My great nephew has a collection and he recommended this one highly. And I did enjoy it a great deal!

In this adventure, Jack and Annie travel to Camelot to help King Arthur and all there recover from a spell cast by Mordred which took away all their joy.

Jack and Annie had to travel to the Otherworld to rescue Lancelot, Galahad, and Percival from an enchantment. To get a cup of the Water of Memory and Imagination, the children defeated d...more
My Kids
(My 7 year old): I liked this book because the adventure sounded scary, but it ended up not being scary. It was magical story.
Jodi
Jan 16, 2011 Jodi rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: young readers
My children LOVED this book and begged me all morning to read more of it to them. It is truly a rare lazy Sunday when I don't feel like doing anything and am permitting tv for a change and my children would rather me read to them. We snuggled up for over an hour so we could finish the last half of this book! Lots of cliff-hangers and "danger" that make my children want to find out what happened in the next chapter. We have read 29 books in this series so far and they have become a tad predictabl...more
Aravis
Who? Jack and Annie met Sir Lancelot.

What? They went to the other world and got the water of imagination, but they had to face dancing fairies and the keepers, which were blue-breathing dragons. Jack and Annie sipped a little bit of imagination and Annie got the idea to take a little bit of fire and force the dragons to go back.

When? They traveled back to the time of Camelot, a long time ago.

Where? They went to Camelot, in Britain.

Why? They had to make Camelot joyful again. King Arthur said n...more
Andrew
it was good.
Future
REALLY nice and I think the trip that Jack and Annie was going is Morgan tree house
Joel
I love it! I can't remember which was my favourite chapter, but it's really all good!!!!!!!!!!
Elaine
I haven't bothered to review most of the other books of the series because they're all pretty similar, and I like them well enough, but this one was different. Since it's not a real place in history, and there's a visit to an other-worldly place, it was quite different from the others, but I found it quite refreshing after so many other books that follow the usual pattern. It felt more exciting and adventurous, and the storyline felt more complex than the others.
Heather
And here I thought we would find out Morgan was evil...
Brenda
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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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