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Carnival at Candlelight (Magic Tree House #33)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  4,623 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
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.
Rick Silva
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Merlin Missions.

This new expansion of the Magic Treehouse series delves deeper into fantasy, bringing in fantastical settings, or in this case, historical settings with magical beings and more spellcasting.

Jack and Annie are being tested to prove their worthiness to train as wizards under the tutelage of Merlin and Morgan Le Fey. They must complete four missions, and their wizard friends Teddy and Kathleen have provided them with a handy spellbook full of magical rhymes. There are ten spells
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Komal Parveen
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
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
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Melissa Maillet
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magic Tree House #33! This has been one of my favorite Magic Tree House books to date. Often times when I read about a place or a lifestyle, I long to immerse myself in it. But no book of any genre has made me want to visit its setting more than this book. Very powerful descriptive language for a children's chapter book. The fantastical aspects were wonderful. I would love to read a more grown-up version of this story. 4.5 stars.
Lucio Hths
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Vertrees
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read with my 7 yo. She loves them, and I do, too. Great adventure, always a good history or geography point (this time it was Venice, Italy).
Micah
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carnival at Candlelight is a magical kind of book, but it's not magic. At some points there is magic in the story.

Jack and Annie had to find as they call her, "The Lady of the Lake," and save her from a catastrophe that they call Neptune. Neptune was making a whole bunch of water go to Italy so that it could flood it, since Italy is surrounded by water.

Everybody was having so much fun at a carnival that they didn't notice the water was up to their knees. Jack and Annie had looked at their spell
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Sylvia
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I've never been to Venice; however, this adventuress tale allowed me to use my vivid imagination and take a trip with Jack and Annie to real locations in which to visit.
Laura
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Chance Conway
I didn't really like this book because it had a lot of things going on at the same time and it was kind of boring. 😑
Daphne Kim
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter and I are reading this whole series. The Merlin Missions have brought some new kinds of excitement to the stories. This one is certainly a page-turner.
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
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Kayla Ross
Title: The Magic Treehouse: Carnival at Candlelight
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrator: Salvatore Murdocca
Genre: Fantasy
Theme(s): Patience, Adventure, Magic, and Mythology
Opening line/sentence: “Dawn was breaking in the Frog Creek Woods. Jack saw a light shining up ahead.”
Brief Book Summary: Jack and Annie are at it again and this time, they must save a whole city from a huge disaster! While only using a select few magic rhymes and a riddle to give them directions, they must scour the city dur
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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
Shawn
May 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack and Annie got a note from Merlin (it will be at the bottom) so they had to go to Venice Italy to save Italy they also have a book of magic rhymes to help them.When they got there they got on a gondola and road it to the carnival and they go to a palace and they got in,then guards started to chase them.So they use a rhyme to get away (they will be at the bottom) then they found a little person named Lorenzo Tiepolo. Then they hered a big clock striking 12 o'clock with 2 little wooden men,the ...more
Angie
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Synopsis: "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."

My Review: I must say now that I am a little further into the Merlin Missions part
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Maya Orama
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing ! A brother and sister named Jack and Annie are going on an adventure to be master librarians like Morgan Lee fe. It was early I. The morning when Jack and Annie woke up. They both were going to frog creek woods to the magic tree house. When they reached there, they both found a book on the tree house floor. It was a book that had a carnival on it. Annie and Jack wished that they went there. The tree house spun and spun until it stopped. They landed on a tree next to a carn ...more
Leto
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Max
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carnival at Candlelight was written by Mary Pope Osborne. It’s 107 pages long. It’s a fantasy book.

It starts off when Jack and Annie have another mission. They are going to Venice. When they get there they are dressed as clowns. They ride a gondola to the carnival. No one else notices but the city is starting to flood. So they go to the castle and they a aurd found them and locked them in a cell. They used a magic spell and got out. Then one of their riddles said that two men will tell you the t
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Twyla
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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
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
Melissa Namba
While I am not in love with the characters in this book, I very much admire the history lessons and the indirect literary lessons within this story. I guess this is a part in the series that deals with Merlin and invokes a lot of the Merlin characters. Morgan le Fay is mentioned and seems to have a broader role in other books. She seems a little different than what you might read in the more traditional King Arthur books, but I like that kids have the exposure. I liked the history of Carnival in ...more
Brandyn
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bryan
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
Shelli
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Magic Tree House books are a MUST READ collection for all children. Unlike many other series for young readers, the Magic Tree House should be read in chronological order to best appreciate Jack and Annie's travels through time as they go on various missions; which are typically completed in four parts. Parents and educators will enjoy going along for the ride as much as their students! My daughter is a teenager now but she still gets excited when she sees a new tree house adventure has come ...more
Maggie
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#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.

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