Carnival at Candlelight (Magic Tree House Series #33)
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Carnival at Candlelight (Magic Tree House #33)

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MERLIN HAS ASKED Jack and Annie to help on another Merlin Mission. This time they head back into history to Venice, Italy. With the help of a research book, a book of magic rhymes, and a set of mysterious instructions from Merlin, the heroes will save the beautiful city from a flood! Here’s another Magic Tree House book that will engage kids with history, magic, and nonsto...more
Library Binding, 106 pages
Published March 8th 2005 by Random House Childrens Books (first published 2004)
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Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
I love this! It's also one of my favorites from the MTH series! This is the first book where Roman mythology was mentioned (Yes! Neptune's there!) and saved Italy from going underwater.
Komal Parveen
This book is part of a selection of books written by Mary Pope Osborne the collective of books is named the Magic Tree House collection. The books are based around a magic tree house which two siblings discover. The magic tree house allows them to go on adventures and time- travel to different parts of the world to see what the place was like in the past. The books tend to focus on real places and therefore are a good way of broadening children’s knowledge of the world. The books consist of arou...more
Anna
In book 33, Jack and Annie embark on a new series of Merlin mission. They are given a book of 10 Magic Rhymes and must use them wisely for 4 missions; then Merlin will allow them to make magic on their own. He sends them 260 years in the past, to Venice, Italy.

This is the rhyme they must follow:

. . . When waters rise beneath the moon, visit the Grand Lady of the Lagoon.
To find out where you need to go, seek out a painter named Tiepolo.
At midnight two men will tell you the time. To the top of the...more
Lucio Hths
Dec 12, 2011 Lucio Hths rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 5-10
Creative Nonfiction Reread
The story to be honest was pretty repetitive and lame... Well I guess I'm not a seven year old anymore! I still know why I loved and chased the series though- colorful pictures and a new mystic journey every time.
Brandyn
Bryan says her favorite part was when the lion picked up Annie and Jack. That was like the most exciting part in the book. I think the author made this up but it said that when it rains it floods or whenever the clock goes off it goes "bing bong bing bong". The people don't noticed its flooding because they are interested in the fire works. Something really funny was when Jack had a suit that was puffy on the bottom and he had diamonds on his shirt and they were purple and pink. It said in the b...more
Christopher Salcedo
I like this book because it is A MERLIN MISSION book. In these MERLIN MISSIONS books, Jack and Annie have quests from the ancient wizard Merlin the Magician. These books are longer than the previous 28, and some take place in fantasy realms like Camelot. Kathleen and Teddy are two apprentices who befriend Jack and Annie during their adventures, with one of these adventures being to free Teddy from a spell. The two occasionaly join Jack and Annie and when they don't, provide them support instead...more
Bridgette Redman
I have to imagine that by the time you get to book 33 in a series, it becomes difficult to keep the series fresh. Yet, Mary Pope Osborne seems to have an indefatigable curiosity that bubbles over into her Magic Treehouse book.

In Carnival at Candlelight, Jack and Annie launch a new four-book mini-quest. This time Merlin is giving them four tests. If they are successfully able to complete each of the four quests, he’ll let them start practicing magic of their own. The first test is in Venice of t...more
Edward Creter
Jack and Annie are heandin for...Venice, baby! They hanve to go back in time to save the Venice Carnival from flooding, but they need to put their trust in their imaginations and rise Neptune from the waterydepths!!! IE: there IS no depth in this story!!! But it is fun and kids will like it...maybe.
Cathy
A nice mix of the original adventures full of fun historical facts and the new Merlin Missions featuring magic and literary references.

Ok, I admit it, I barely skimmed the chapter with the rats in it. But the rest was great.

My only real regret with this series is that Sal Murdocca's beautiful paintings aren't featured in color except for the cover art. I'm sure that the black & white artwork helps keep the book price down and makes the books more accessible to more kids, but having a few of...more
Twyla
There was going to be a flood in Venice.There was a note for them to read when they got there.It said the grand lady of the lagoon is in terrible danger the only one who can help you save her from disaster is the ruler of the seas to locate him follow these directions.

when waters rise beneath the moon visit the lady of the lagoon
to find out where you need to go seek out a painter named Tiepolo
at midnight two men will tell you the time
to the top of there tower hurry to climb
the king of the jungl...more
3a Student
I believe you shouldn’t read Carnival at Candle Light. This is one of the worst books by Mary Pope Osborne. I have read it so I now you shouldn’t read it. Jack and Annie travel back in time to save the city of Vince, Italy. It took me a long time to read it because it was really boring. The main characters are Jack and Annie . The battle between Neptune didn’t last very long. They got locked in jail but got out quickly after. The climax was not very big the setting was mainly in Vince, Italy. Th...more
Tricia
We have books 1 to 24 on CD, and we've listened to the first 8 a bazillion times. They are so repetitive and formulaic, but kids really enjoy them. Now perhaps it's been too long since I've read one, but this Magic Tree House book (a Merlin Mission! maybe that matters for this point?) just seems better written than the earliest ones. For example, she has started using alternatives to "said Jack. ... said Annie." Now they question, answer, whisper, laugh. Makes for a much more enjoyable read-alou...more
Nicole
{my generic MTH reveiew}
Miles is now fully into this series, wanting to buy them all from our used book store. We're reading out of order, but it doesn't matter.

This is a fun series about a brother & sister who discover a magic tree house in the woods near their home. Inside the tree house are hundreds of books. When they look at a book, it literally takes them on fantastic journeys around the world and through time. Their adventures are missions for Morgan le Fay, the Magical Librarian of C...more
Seth
There was fireworks. Jack and Annie made a statue come alive! The city almost got flooded!
Kimberly
this book was a little werid.

Merlin has a new mission for jack and annie :save the grand lady of the lagoon from a terrible disaster.They must travel back over 250 years ago to Vence Itlay.On the night of the annuel carnival celebration.But merlins derections are confusing.As jack and annie wonder around a costume crowd.No one is who they seem to be,all the clocktell difrent times,and water is mesteriosly rising in the streets.Seeking help from the Venice ruler. They find themselves trown intoa...more
Mlb '99
this series was really good. but people MUST start from the beginning
Taralen
I remember reading a Magic Tree House book a long time ago but I vaguely remember it. Considering this to be my first real I've read in the series, I can say I am honestly impressed.
It's educational but also cleverly written. There are some parts that are not that amazing but some of the plot twists were great.

Some of the illustrations fell flat unfortunately. It seems like Jack and Annie only have ONE expression throughout these pictures. The author could have seriously added more character to...more
Elizabeth
Magic Tree House Book Club Book.
Sandra Pedicini
One of my favorite Magic Tree House books, perhaps because it's about one of my favorite cities - Venice. It teaches the kids some good history about Venice landmarks such as St. Mark's Square and the Bridge of Sighs, and traditions such as the gondolas and Carnival. Also some history of the painter Tieplo.
As a Merlin Mission, it's got a fairly complex plot for the kids, who have to save Venice from a terrible storm. Using riddles to figure out the clues, they find the mythological Neptune, and...more
Maggie
#33, 34, and 25 with this library collection. still perfect for children: her reading voice, the adventures, the scholarly (yes, scholarly) information that children can absorb so easily they won't even notice it, and good strong ethics with touches of (believable) magic thrown in for interest. yes. highly recommended. try it WITH your children (or grandchildren in my case). i bet you will think that is time well spent.

carnaival at candlelight
season of the sandstorms
night of the new magicians...more
Brittany
Jack and his little sister Annie are two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania... until they discover a mysterious tree house full of all sorts of books. From that point on their lives will never be the same again! They soon go on amazing adventures (plus children are learning bits of history and most don't realize it) as they travel through time with the help of the magic tree house. The chapters are short with pictures every few pages, making these books perfect for the beginning reader....more
Heidi
I think I'm beyond the age of enjoying Magic Tree House. Or maybe I just didn't like how the author narrated the book. The children sounded a bit nasally. And I got distracted by all the "he said" and she said." I suppose for a young reader it helps to have that pointed out frequently. But it is certainly not a story for depth (though I don't think they are intended to be anyhow). However, the main point for reading this was to fill the O author category. Done.
Spencer E.
Carnival at Candlelight is an awesome mystery book. Jack and Annie were sent on a mission to save Venice. In the story, they rode on the back of golden lion with wings. Jack and Annie used a magic rhyme to change a stone lion into one they could ride. It took them to find Neptune the god of the sea. Jack and Annie also looked for the Lady of the Lagoon. Jack and Annie saved Venice from a flood.
Sam
MERLIN HAS ASKED Jack and Annie to help on another Merlin Mission. This time they head back into history to Venice, Italy. With the help of a research book, a book of magic rhymes, and a set of mysterious instructions from Merlin, the heroes will save the beautiful city from a flood! Here’s another Magic Tree House book that will engage kids with history, magic, and nonstop action from beginning to end.
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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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