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Pirates Past Noon

(Magic Tree House #4)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  16,293 ratings  ·  631 reviews
Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series—the Magic Tree House!

It's a treasure trove of trouble!

Jack and Annie are in for a high-seas adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps—and ruthless pirates! Will they discover a buried treasure? Or will they be forced to w
Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 8th 1994 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1992)
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Daddy's Place for the thoughts of his Princess,  Gabriella of the School and House and Friends
This is a book about a pirate who want’s treasure. In the book the pirate looked into Jack’s book bag to look for gold and there was nothing in it. So the pirate took Jack and Annie because he thought they were hiding gold from him. What I liked about this book is when the two kids, Annie and Jack, try to escape from the bad guy’s ship. They saved themselves instead of being rescued.

I thought the librarian at the end of the book was cool and looked very pretty, like princess. She has a special
Rick Silva
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it
All of a sudden it's all Magic Treehouse all the time in our household. The Kiddo came home with two more Magic Treehouse books from his school library. This series has definitely caught his attention, which is great.

Kiddo is six, and in first grade. I've been reading these books out loud to him. He borrows the ones that interest him from the library, so we have not been reading the series in order.

This book is the fourth in the series, and it represents an ending point for the initial ongoing
Sarah Sammis
Dec 02, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010, pc
During the ROOB competition I read through a bunch of the earliest Magic Tree House books. In Pirates Past Noon Jack and Annie go back in time to learn how to be pirates and to discover the identity of the mysterious M.

The earliest books are very short compared the newest ones. They are also short on plot. The gist here is that the siblings are still trying to learn who owns the tree house and how it works the way it does. In the middle of all of this are pirates who are out to get treasure.

If t
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
When attempting to try to stop reading for the night Jack said, "If you stop here, I'm going to have a problem!" So, I guess this deserves four stars:)
Mar 10, 2014 added it
“Pirates Past Noon,” was the fourth book in the Magic Treehouse series. It was a chapter book written by Mary Pope Osborne. It starts off like all of the other books when Jack and Annie went out to the Frog Creek woods and got into the treehouse. Since it was raining out, Annie grabbed the book with the beach and wished they could go there. When they got there, they are captured by pirates and held hostage until they showed the pirates where the treasure was. The pirates thought Jack knew where ...more
Colby Prince
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
My favorite character was Morgan le fay because she had powers to make the tree house magic. I only gave it four stars because I think it's too long. My favorite part was when Jack and Annie found the treasure chest.
Musa Aamir
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was when we found out who M was, so it was very exciting.
Apr 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-ya, gift
Re-read as German audio play.

We are still enjoying these stories. There is just enough intrigue to keep things interesting, but it's not too complicated, so it's perfect for my 5 year old. You also find out who the "mysterious M person" is in this book! I like that the author doesn't shy away from using more complicated/advanced vocabulary. Occasionally, I'll ask my son if he knows what such-and-such means. If he says no, I'll tell him. Most of the vocabulary you can figure out through the cont
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book that I read to learn Spanish as an adult.

This book is at my comprehensible reading level which made it an absolute delight. I was able to learn several new words through context as there is ample repetition.

The plot was simple with a couple of twist and turns which kept it from being boring, but I doubt that I would enjoy this book much if it was much below my comprehensible reading level.

I may read a few more of this series, but the plot simplicity makes me hesitant.
Emily Reed
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

this might be my favorite one!
Ericka Clouther
The true story of the Magic Tree House is revealed in this one. I think I'm good to go with the series now. I won't be reading or buying any more unless my daughter falls in love with the first 4 and demands them or something. My son isn't impressed either but he's already 8 and he's a pretty strong reader.
Each time we finish a book in this series (we’ve been reading them in order), I ask my son to rate the story. Out of the four we’ve read so far, this is the one he likes the most.
okay this feels a little like cheating to add it to my yearly reading count but i did read it all (aloud!) to a student and it's 80+ pages so it might as well count. it had a good overall arc (who is this mysterious m person who keeps leaving books in the magic tree house?) and a fun pirate adventure with some genuinely funny lines.
Norberto Leyva
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Magic Tree House Pirates Past Noon”

Jack and Annie go back in time to the time when pirates were abundant. A parrot was above the tree house watching them. When Jack and Annie leave the tree house, Jack forgets his backpack and has to return for it. When he runs back for it, he is captured by three pirates; the captain and two mates. Annie tries to help, but ends up getting captured. They accused Jack and Annie of stealing their treasure. The mates go to the tree house to investigate and only se
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Child/teen me: 4
Adult me: 3

*For the first book in a "child/teen/middlegrade/nostalgic" book, I am going with the rating younger me would have gone with, then if I read on in the series, I will rate the books what adult me believes it should be rated. If the book is a stand alone, I will go with whatever rating I feel most comfortable giving the book. Please note, I do not really think books should have an age limit. People should read what they want to regardless of the intended age group, exce
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved Pirates! I had my own pirate ship and castle toys and the soldiers of the castle fought the pirates and some of them always ended up in the dudgeon.

This book was the first one where I was actually aware of a real bad guy in the books. There is a riddle in this story and I was so happy when I figured it out. And since this was a book with the topic of Pirates, there was of course buried treasure, and of course it was found, but before our heroes could open the book, they had to escape a
Brandon Loehrke
Jan 09, 2014 rated it liked it
"Pirates Past Noon" starts off like all of the other books do. Jack and Annie go to the magic treehouse to start a new adventure. Annie chose a pirate book because she saw a beach and wanted to go there. Right away when they get to the beach they get taken by pirates. The only way for the pirates to let Jack and Annie go is if they help them find Captain Kidd's buried treasure. The children learn from reading the treasure map that the treasure is buried under a rock. Polly, the parrot, helps Jac ...more
Adam Krause
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Pirates Past Noon” was a fun book. Jack and Annie are on another magical adventure. They venture into the past and become pirates, only the crew isn’t too fond of them. The two have to find the identity of the mysterious M to ensure their safety. The crew is growing restless and is urging to make the two walk the plank. Will they find the mysterious M?

Jack and Annie are the main characters on the journey. This trip is a big mystery to find the identity of the mysterious M. Jack shows good leade
10/14/09 Read today with Annabelle. Yesterday she perused ALL the pictures. She was really excited about it. At one point I asked her what she thought would happen next and she said, "Mom, I already know! JUST KEEP READING!" Maybe she knew because she'd seen the pictures. Maybe she didn't know! But she enjoyed this book as well. When I explained to her that the black flag with skull and cross bones represented a pirate ship, she already knew that! (Where does she learn these things I wonder?!!) ...more
Jeremy Muse
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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★★★★★Pirates Past Noon by Mary Pope Osborne
We love the Magic Tree House Series. They are easy, read chapter books. My daughter really likes when I read these to her, because I put so much enthusiasm in them.
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This book was a very quick read. This was not my favourite book from the series so far, but it was very interesting. I had no interest about the pirates at all.

Capn' Bones was a very arrogant character towards Jack, Annie and his other pirate mates.
The part where Jack and Annie were trying to escaped the bady guys ship made me so intrigued with the story. They showed how courageous and sneaky they can be in escaping a situation that can potentially prolong for a long time. I am glad that they w
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria
Ok. So I totally have this thing for pirates, where I just will read pretty much anything pirate related. Pirates are cool and when you toss Magic Tree House into the mix, you just get lots and lots of fun and adventure. Not to mention new friends and experiences! The Magic Tree House Series is so wonderful that I'm slightly upset I started it so late. I'm only on book 4, but I'm super excited to read book 5 and I already love the series. Each book is a delicious morsel that allows young ones to ...more
Apr 05, 2011 rated it liked it
For the first time ever Alex made a request for a specific kind of book when we went to the library. His kindergarten teacher read them a Magic Treehouse book, and he wanted to get one for us to read at home. Couldn't exactly deny a request like that! This was a cute story... I loved the relationship between Annie and Jack as brother and sister. It's easy enough that before long my 5 year old will be able to read this on his own without much help. We look forward to reading others in this series ...more
Kiefer Hwasta
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another Magic Tree house series book. Jack and Annie find an open book in the treehouse and Annie wishes to go there without looking at the cover to find out what the book is about. They don't find out the book is about pirates until it is too late.
I learned about how pirates act, where pirates are, and how much prates want gold. I like how Jack and Annie eventually escape from the pirates, by outsmarting them. I also liked how they stumbled across a pirates treasure. Jack and Annie also meet t
I'm not a huge fan of pirates, so I didn't really care for this one, but my nephew giggled his way through it.

In fact, we usually just read a few chapters a night, but he demanded that I read this one all the way through in one sitting!

The pirate captain was a mean, gross, and just someone that you wanted to dump in the ocean. The two crewmen mentioned were named Stinky and Pinky and were dumb as rocks. I really wish that Jack had been able to find out what was actually in Kidd's treasure ches
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is good. The part where the pirate was not nice was not good. Pirates are not nice, but I can fight him & get his sword away from him

If I fought a pirate, I would pretend I was dead and they would go away & I would sneak up on him and steal his hook. I would.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
A sort of sci fi book about children who find a magical treehouse that takes them to different eras, each described in a book. This adventure takes them to the pirate era.

The adventure itself wasn't bad, but I have problems with the ending.
Brendan Thelen
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I think that it was a good book because it talked about how these kids are in the tree house on a rainy day and find a book of a picture of a beach and they go there. They see a large pirate ship and the pirates chase them and want to know where the treasure is. This is an adventure book.
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Seth and I have been enjoying reading the Magic Tree House books together. They are great! I'd highly recommend them for young readers. They're like a Dr. Who series for kids :)
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