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Dingoes at Dinnertime (Magic Tree House #20)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  5,860 Ratings  ·  164 Reviews
The #1 bestselling chapter book series of all time celebrates 25 years with new covers and a new, easy-to-use numbering system!

Wildfire! That's what Jack and Annie are up against when they are whisked away to the land of Australia. And they're not alone! Jack and Annie must help a baby kangaroo and a koala escape from a fire-filled forest. Will they be able to rescue the a
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Random House for Young Readers
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Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
This is also one of my favorites from the Magic Tree House series! I love the Rainbow Serpent and the cave! Ah, I can imagine in my mind how beautiful it is! And is it just me or Teddy and Annie are perfect for each other?
Sarah Sammis
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Dingoes at Dinnertime (Magic Tree House #20) by Mary Pope Osbrone is the final book in Teddy the dog series. Their final gift is somewhere in the Australian outback.

This book is another of the Jack and Annie commune with nature plots. I get that Osborne is trying to introduce children to a wide variety of subjects through her books. Her nature heavy books just don't ring as true as most of her history based ones. She's best at recreating historical events. Her trips through time are always more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it
This book holds several memories for me, and one big memory for the entire world.

First the review: I enjoyed this book and it was a great adventure for all the characters. Meeting a Kangaroo and her Joey was a sweet plot point and it would touch ground with wild animal lovers abound.

I could imagine the scenes in my head as they played out. I would have liked for Jack and Annie to meet some people on this adventure, but it was only animals in this book.

I have noticed that some of the adventures
Rachel Cummins
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Magic Tree House books include a brother and sister, Jack and Annie, traveling in time to important times in our history. In this specific book they travel to Australia and meet different animals in the area. They find out about the different animals from the book they have and end up saving animals from a forest fire. I think students between grade 2-5 would be able to read these books.

I think if I were to use Magic Tree House books in my classroom I would have it relate to historical events.
Maya Orama
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This store is about a girl named Annie that is 5 and this boy named jack that was 8 . It was morning Jack and Annie was in the house they both got out the house and went and went with their dog lady in the frog creek woods they found the tree house on the big oak tree they climbed the ladder and went in the tree house Morgan left a letter their so the cold figure what they needed to find it said a present from the kangaroo and look for a boy Jack and Annie both looked for the book were the kanga ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Jack and Annie complete the set of missions assigned to them by Morgan le Fay to help Teddy the dog. The last line of the poem says. "A gift from a kangaroo." So, of course they are off to Australia!

While there, the children meet emus, a koala, a kookaburra, and kangaroos. They rescue a baby kangaroo when a pack of dingoes arrive. In thanks, the mama kanga gives the children a piece of bark with an aborigine painting on it, that of a Rainbow Serpent of legend.

Back home, the combination of the 4
Isabel Orama
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a brother and sister named Jack and Annie. This time they went on a adventure where kangaroos live. They both needed to get a gift from a kangaroo. So when they wished too the location they went there.

Jack and Annie went down the rope ladder and then found two animals . They had big feet, a pouch with a little baby in it too. Jack searched the animal up in the book. It was a kangaroo . When they both woke up from their nap they all heard growling. It was a dingo. When jack sea
Hmm...Back to another story so highly improbable that it seems to not fit at all into this series of delightfully accurate books.

I'll admit I've never been to Australia, so perhaps I'm wrong here, but having Jack and Annie step out of the treehouse and within moments see an emu, a koala, a kookaburra, a kangaroo, and a pack of dingoes doesn't seem very likely. Unless they just happened to land in some sort of wildlife preserve... in which case the wildfire then becomes the unlikely element. Eith
Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
I recently read 1 book from the "Magic Tree House" and "Magic School Bus" series to become familiar with chapter books, and also to try and discern a difference between the two series. They're about the same reading level, I'd say that the "Tree House" book has a slightly more advanced plot. There are 2 main characters as opposed to an entire classroom of characters who seem pretty much alike. Overall they were quite informative and filled with a lot of interesting facts and history tidbits. I c ...more
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-by-myself
They saw a kangaroo and there was a baby in its pouch and dingoes came. The mama hopped away and she put the baby in the brown weeds and Jack and Annie found it and they took care of it and the joey hopped into Jack's backpack because he thought it was a pouch. So Jack put it in front of him so the joey will feel like he was with his mama.
Weeboon W7
May 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
the dingoes were amazing! they were so cute too, and the story is rather exciting
Jun 12, 2015 rated it liked it
It's the end of the mini series. I was a little disappointed and my son didn't seem to be too thrilled by it... All in all though it's a good story!
May 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Davey: "I really liked this book because it had real animals in it, like dingoes and kangaroos. I didn't like the wild fire because some of the animals could have gotten dead."

May 10, 2015
Rosa Cline
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, history, 2017
This is book 20 of this series, if you don't have access to all the books to read in order usually the author has summarized pretty well in the first chapter the past from the other books. Although if you CAN read them in order you can understand the characters and situations more. But you don't 'have' to read them in order.

Each book the author gives a History lesson to the reader without 'being in your face' about it. As the two children in the story learn about the place they are taken to they
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: magic-tree-house
Sara Golden
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Boys-5 and 7 enjoyed this very much
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The kookaburra is the best-known bird of Australia.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wanted to help someone?
In this nonfiction book Annie and Jack are trying to help break a spell that has been cased on a dog named Teddy. I really like this book, I first read this book when I was 10 years old. **SPOILER ALERT** My favorite part is when Annie went back into the burning forest ( also known as a wildfire)to save the koala because wildfires are a danger to koalas. Koalas are slow-moving and cant escape the smoke and flames. That part really touched my heart.

Annie and
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jack and Annie are at it again in the 20th installment of this series that takes two voracious readers all over the world. This time around they need to go to Australia to find a present from a kangaroo. Once they get this present they will be able to break the spell that their puppy friend Teddy is under. So off they go to the land down under and come across some amazing animals that are indigenous to Australia suck as Emus, Koalas, Kookaburras and of course Kangaroos. While they are getting to ...more

Once again jack has dragged down the rating.

Seriously, this is getting old. I can totally get behind a character who likes logic & science.

But how the fuck can you stand there and any say there's no such thing as a rain sending rainbow serpent when you use Morgan le fey's Magic treehouse to travel through time and space?


Really? Really?

Bitch, please. U are a jackass.

Arthurian legends and time travel are real. But no way aboriginal magic isn't real?!?!


Just like Lakota medicine
Courtney Canino
The main characters of this book were Jack, Annie and a dog named Teddy. This book has a lexile of 310 and is told in a third person point of view. The setting of this book took place in the wild of Australia. The plot of this book is that Jack and Annie must go on this missions to retrieve objects in order to release a dog named Teddy from a spell. They have two other objects from previous journeys, now they just need their last one from Australia, more specifically from a kangaroo. They to Aus ...more
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jack and Annie were on their last quest to free Teddy of his spell. It was a book about Australia called A Day at Australia. When they got there, they saw a whole bunch of dead plants. They even saw some smoke. They were so thirsty that they wanted to see if someone was camping over there.

They had to find a gift from a kangaroo and it had a big pouch with a little baby in it. It started raining and some dingoes came and tried to hunt down the kangaroo. It was raining so hard that Jack and Annie
Aug 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
"A feeling of dread came over Jack.
'What if...' he said. 'What if...'
In the distance, a tree suddenly burst into flames.
'We're looking at a wildfire!' he said."
On a magical mission from the mysterious tree house near their home in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, Jack and his sister Annie find themselves in the wilds of Australia during a drought. Things heat up pretty quickly for this adventuresome pair, as what initially appears to be a campfire turns into something a lot more frightening. Meanwhile,
Dec 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This was our first Magic Tree House book. I chose it because many of my six year old's friends love the Magic Tree House series. Even though we started with a book from the middle of the series, we didn’t have any trouble following the story. There is a short recap of the previous books in the prologue of this book.

In Dingoes at Dinnertime, Annie and Jack head to Australia in search of a gift from a kangaroo. This book is packed with educational information about Australia and Australian animals
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young readers
I remember reading the Magic Treehouse series during Middle School, and they were always entertaining. I loved how they went all around the world, all throughout history, and you learned about different places and time periods as you followed your favorite characters through wonderful adventures. It was really cool. I recommend these books to your little adventurer. They are sure to not disappoint.
Do it! Read the book, because who knows what new world one might fall into? What interesting chara
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Synopsis: "Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series the Magic Tree House!
That's what Jack and Annie are up against when they are whisked away to the land of Australia. And they're not alone! Jack and Annie must help a baby kangaroo and a koala escape from a fire-filled forest. Will they be able to rescue the animals in time?"

My Review: A great 'down under' adventure for Jack and Annie. They are on the final mission to get a gift
Erina Komaki
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
-7-word summary:Australia-kangaroos-wildfire-rain-gift-dog-boy
-Discussion questions:
1.The main characters went to Australia in this story. Have you ever been to Australia?
-No,I haven't, but I'm going to go to Australia in spring vacation. I'm looking forward to visiting Australia.
2.In this story, a lot of animals appeared. Do you like animals?
-Yes, I like animals, such as dogs, cats, and hamsters. Watching them relaxes me, so I want p
Oct 28, 2012 rated it liked it
-7words summary:Australia-kangaroo-wake up- dogs-rain-rainbow-home
-Discussion questions:
1.In this story,charactors were in Australia.If you can go,what do you want to do there?
-In fact,I'm going there in next spring vacation!It'll be the second times for me to go there.I want to go to the beach.Last time,I couldn't go,so I want to see a beautiful sea.
2.In this story,there are many animals in wild.What animal do you want to see in wil
You could use this to learn more about Australia. Okay, you'd need to add several other books but it's a good starting point.

My generic review for the Magic Tree House books -

We've loved them all so far. They are fun, easy to read and contain quite a bit of historical information. We use them as read-alouds, but most elementary/middle school kids could read them on their own.

It does have a touch of 'girl power' at the expense of making the brother seem a little dumb. That kinda bugs. But it's n
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Jack and Annie go to Australlia to get the last gift to save a little dog they named Teddy. They have to get a gift from a kangaroo. Australia is dry and has hardly any rainfall. Jack and Annie find a koala bear and a kangaroo sleeping. They see some smoke and think it is campers. As they get closer they realize it is a wildfire. Teddy the dog leads them to a cave. Deep inside teddy licks them, they put their hands on a handprint on a wall and it starts to rain which puts out the wildfire. The k ...more
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