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Eve of the Emperor Penguin (Magic Tree House #40)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,971 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
JACK AND ANNIE continue their quest for the secrets of happiness--secrets they need to save Merlin. This time, the Magic Tree House takes them to the one continent they haven't visited before: Antarctica! What can they hope to learn about happiness in such a barren place? Only the penguins know for sure . . . Jack and Annie are about to find out!
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
I love this! Penguins are so cute~ Especially Emperor Penguins! Jack and Annie traveled to Antarctica and brought a baby penguin named Penny to give to Merlin as one of the secrets of happiness.
Marco De La Rosa
Nov 04, 2009 Marco De La Rosa rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-quater
This story is about when Jack and Annie go on another mission to help Merlin fell happy again because he won't eat, sleep, drink,or even talk. So Morgan Le Fay sends them on this mission to the antartic to go find something really special just for him.So as the magic tree house transported them to the cold lands, they wondered were are the animals or people? It was a quiet, windy,chilly,cold,frosty,snowy, icey and deep freezing. They really wondered what are they going to find all the way in the ...more
Nov 22, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
My 6 yr old is becoming a voracious reader and his teacher recommended this series so I picked up a few from the library. My son loves it. Magic and fun and adventure rolled into a chapter book that's easy to read, yet challenging enough that he's not bored. Many of these are educational as well, focusing on a particular point in history such as a president's reign, or a location, like Ireland in this one, which goes really well with his geography and history lessons. He's loving it, and already ...more
Ashley Li
Feb 18, 2016 Ashley Li rated it really liked it
Eve Of The Emperor Penguin Review


This book taught me a lot of knowledge about Antarctica. For example, Mount Erebus is the most active volcano in Antarctica, with daily eruptions; only emperor penguins could survive winter in Antarctica, because only they could handle the cold and so on. And this book also taught me to take loving care of another can make one very happy, and also sometimes I can make other people happy by letting them take care of me.


Jack and Annie went
Apr 24, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Here's our swan song to Winter (sniff, sniff). This one was particularly funny. The kids were cracking up over this one. And I learned a lot about Antarctica while I was reading this to the kids. I love that about this series. After we finish one of these and the kids go to bed, I always end up googling stuff I learned from the book :) This one brought on a long google search :) and p.s., I love penguins :)
Chris Lutz
Mar 29, 2016 Chris Lutz rated it really liked it
Title: Eve of the Emperor Penguin
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Sal Murdocca
Genre: Transitional Chapter Book
Theme(s): Adventure, Friendship, Family
Opening line/sentence: Jack was raking leaves on a chilly November afternoon.
Brief Book Summary: Jack and Annie go to Antarctica to find the ancient crown, and also find the fourth key to happiness for Merlin the Magician.
Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Betty Key (The Lorgnette - Heart of Texas Reviews (Vol. 21, No. 4))
Jack, Annie, and
Aug 23, 2014 Brandyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bryan
What I like about the Emperor Penguin is that Jack and Annie found a baby orphan penguin. She was just born, and her parents got lost in the storm. Marilyn was sick and the little penguin wanted to help them. It was the 4th secret that they were going to give Marilyn. Marilyn got a note, and then another note, and then a seashell. Jack and Annie were both confused because they couldn't figure out what incident crown meant. And, it was kind of funny when Jack and Annie were pretending to be grown ...more
Hiina Shiota
Nov 13, 2015 Hiina Shiota rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was a very interesting and great book. I really liked the two protagonists, Jack and Annie, and the adventures they go by a magical tree house they had found. I also liked the way they could talk to them, and try to help solve their problems. I could easily connect to Annie, who is the sister of Jack because my sister is like her in personality. For example, whenever she found an animal, both Annie and my sister soon put a name on every animals, which I thought that it w ...more
Eve of the Emperor Penguin is the first Magic Tree House book I've read -- I read it to my class when we were studying Antarctica.

It works well as a read-aloud for four- and five-year-olds. It's not complex, and there are some nice facts stuffed in here. The kids laughed at some moments and were very engaged with the journey.

As I've not read other books of the series, there were some parts I didn't fully understand, and I'm not sure if they're explained elsewhere. For instance: the wishing wand.
Jun 06, 2009 Dree rated it it was ok
Same old same old. Mediocre plot and now (being that this is #40) very predictable. But my 6 yo enjoyed it, of course.
May 27, 2010 Tate rated it it was amazing
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Mar 17, 2016 Heidi rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-son
My five-year-old loves this series, but he didn't like this book. It was too tense for him when Jack and Annie were caught by the tour guide, and he made me skip over a few chapters. I usually like how this series teaches nature facts as well as amuses children with the stories, but this book seemed short on facts and cast the scientists as the bad guys, opposing Jack and Annie's mission. Taking a baby penguin out of Antarctica illegally and disobeying rules right and left also seemed like poor ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Leto rated it it was amazing
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Mar 20, 2014 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
I liked it. Annie takes a lot of pictures, and all the pictures disappear when they come home and it's because she took them on a magic mission. They're at the top of a volcano and they go walking. They fall into a hole and they land on some ice. They start to move and the ice cracks so they hold very still. Then they pull out the wand of truth. Then the ice cracks and they fall and land on another piece of ice and it's moving but they don't know for a minute. Then they know and it's really funn ...more
Nov 26, 2009 Tamra rated it did not like it
My second attempt at Magic Tree House. And while it's way better than Night of the New Magicians (my 8-year-old was right about that), it's still horrid.

Why is it horrid? Because it's so patronizing. Seriously, if you're going to write a children's book, don't talk to those children like they're idiots. I have a hard time computing that more adults who read the series don't catch the condescending tone. Cause it ticks me off.

Example: Something significant happens with the main characters in chap
Jan 27, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
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Jan 27, 2012 Christopher rated it liked it
"It's no good sir! It's an ice planet!"

OK, that's only funny if you're a Stargate fan (and maybe not even then).

Jack and Annie are in Antarctica. Why? They need to cheer-up Merlin! And what better to cheer a guy up with but a baby penguin named Penny? (yes there are 3 other secrets of happiness gathered in earlier books and you can be happy caring for anyone/thing, not just a fuzzy little penguin who says "Peep!")

This book was particularly fun for the Daddy-voices. Aside from a cast of internati
Carolyn Borgen
May 22, 2015 Carolyn Borgen rated it really liked it
I listened to this with my daughter on our drive up the the Twin Cities. She loves reading the books and loved listening to them even more. I was amazed that the author read the book too. Great book series for beginning chapter readers.
Heather Jo
Jun 21, 2016 Heather Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: meggie-list
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Sophie V
Jun 10, 2015 Sophie V rated it it was amazing
I think this was a great book, especially the part about Merlin cradling Penny the Penguin in his arms. (Sophie, Age 7)
Mar 07, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
The boys really enjoyed this, and I do believe it's the first Magic Treehouse I've finished~ :) Simon is the first of the kids to really enjoy them (although Natt seemed to be having a fine time during this one) I think we found a new series to work with!

I love that she puts facts in the end about the places Jack and Annie go as well as what they were learning about. It was fun to travel to Antarctica for a few days, and learn about the volcano that errupts every day!

These were nice, fun, quic
Austin Patterson
Jun 23, 2015 Austin Patterson rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book. I liked the part where they almost barfed after they got off the snowmobile.
6/15/16: I've now read this in paperback, in addition to listening to the audio. It remains my daughter's favorite, probably because it was the first one to capture her imagination.

The first Magic Tree House book we got from the library. The author reads the audiobooks and she does a nice job. We came into this sort of in the middle - they've already found three secrets of happiness in previous books, and in this one they find the fourth one they need - but my kid did not care. We've been pl
Sep 02, 2014 Seth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: by-myself
There was a orphan penguin named Penny. Penny was very small. They brought penny to Merlin.
Aug 23, 2015 Andy rated it it was amazing
Its Amazing, because Emperor penguins are my favorite! - Ollie (Age. 8)
Sydney Beu
Sep 22, 2012 Sydney Beu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Jack and Annie to Antarctica. They helped penguins by shooing away the birds that were knocking down the penguins. There were people there who asked them if they wanted to go on a trip to a volcano. They rode a helicopter there and then were dropped of at a place to wait for their parents but the ice they were stading on broke off into an iceberg. They floated to the emperor penguin who gave them a baby penguin who had no parents and Jack and Annie took the penguin back with them to Merlin the l ...more
Ivory Herbert
This book was good.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mar 19, 2014 Caleb rated it really liked it
I Liked eve of the emperor penguin
Jun 26, 2015 Niha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(my first 100pg book) :)
Apr 06, 2014 Jordan rated it it was amazing
this is a really good book
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