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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  23,784 Ratings  ·  1,884 Reviews
Illus. in black-and-white. With an entertaining blend of fact, farce, and fantasy, Osborne tells the story of Jack and his sister, Annie, who take a trip in a magic tree house and land in a time 65 million years ago. They find dinosaurs and volcanoes and adventure. Veteran storyteller Osborne builds the power of reading into the story: it's the books in the tree house that ...more
ebook, 41 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by Random House Children's Books (first published March 1st 2002)
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Chelsea Humphrey
We actually finished this last night, but I had already updated our reading so whoops! I'm going to include her star rating for the review's rating, but will try to include both our ratings here as well. There was something so special when we were starting chapter six and she kept asking "Just one more chapter please Mama!" until we had finished the entire book! The story did a fantastic job of drawing both adult and child in right from the beginning and I appreciated all the dinosaur informatio ...more
Whitney Atkinson
Reread for nostalgia's sake. it's so weird how when i was a kid they would take me an hour to read but now i can go through it in 20 minutes
Tea Jovanović
Divan serijal knjiga za malu decu... o avanturama brata i sestre koji u svojoj kučici na drvetu pronalaze knjigu i listajući je prenose se u drugo vreme i u tom vremenu doživljavaju avanture... pa malo idu u prošlost a malo i u budućnost i u svakoj knjizi deca se lepo zabave i ponešto novo nauče... Serijal je veliki hit u svetu već godinama, doživeo je mnoga izdanja a i naša deca su te knjige veoma lepo prihvatila... Autorka je divna, imali smo prilike da se družimo s njom davne 2005. tokom sajm ...more
Nov 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House Series #1) by Mary Pope Osborne,

A good transition into chapter books for the new reader.

While formulaic, predictable, and not particularly clever, this series serves the purpose of providing adventure at a fast moving pace for the new to chapter book set. The predictable nature of these books adds to their appeal as it makes them easier to comprehend and also helps them stay familiar. Kids of this age can be easily daunted by books and tend to be drawn to
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an adult, I'd have to say this is not five star reading material. However, it rates five stars because my second grader eats these books up, and is getting a glimpse of loads of different places and historical events.
Nov 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beginning-reader
Beginning reader
For grades 1-3

Jack and his sister Annie discover a book-filled tree house, and, when Jack opens a book about dinosaurs, discover that it can magically transport them back in time to see real dinosaurs.

Organized into ten short chapters, with a full-page illustration per chapter, this is a highly appealing story for early readers. The text is clear and concise, with a fairly simple vocabulary but with characters and plot that will keep readers hooked. The black and white illustrati
Fatemeh Beygi
مجموعه ی خانه ی درختی سحرآمیز نوشته ی مری پوپ آزبرن ترجمه ی محمد قصاع توسط نشر پیکان از سال 88 به بعد منتشر شده.
ای مجموعه که هر جلدش یه داستان متفاوت داره درباره ی سفر زمانی یک خواهر و برادره که هربار یک برهه ی زمانی متفاوت رو تجربه می کنن و طی این داستان آموزش هایی به بچه ها داده می شه. برای همین داستانش خیلی ساده است.
جلد اول درمورد سفر به دوران حیات دایناسورها و شناختن چند نوع از اونا و برخور داشتن باهاشونه.
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A classic children's series was born in 1992 with Dinosaurs Before Dark, and it's easy to see the story's appeal. Eight-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister Annie are normal kids leading a typical life when the discovery of an enchanted tree house turns it upside down. Their curiosity somehow sends them spinning back to the prehistoric age, to a land crawling with titanic reptiles only seen in the modern world at museums and in storybooks. Surviving to make it back home is a tall order, b ...more
This is a cute, inoffensive little adventure story that winds up offending me anyway simply by being present in the world. What sort of a grump am I, eh?

I was looking for something a little easier for my dyslexic girl. She'd been struggling with some bigger books, and she needed a burst of confidence to help her get back to where she wanted to be, so I found this book, saw how easy it was and brought it home for her.

Mission accomplished: she blew through it, had fun, and moved straight back to
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Magic Tree House series is an exciting beginning to the time-traveling adventures of 8 year old Jack and his 7 year old sister Annie. Osborne builds this excitement deftly, first introducing the mysterious tree house full of books that then transporting them on Jack’s inadvertent wish to see a Pteranodon in one of the books to the Cretaceous period when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The sibling’s encounters with various dinosaurs prove heart pounding, as some of them are not ...more
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review goes for the entire series. Any books that can keep my almost-4-year-old so interested and excited that we can discuss them in the car, at breakfast, at lunch, before bed, guess what might happen next, say, "this is kind of like what happened in our book," and that we actually have to have a stack of the next few sitting here "just in case," is a 5 star in my book.

Each one takes Jack and Annie into the pages of a new book. We have learned about (and wanted to investigate further) mu
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 7 year old Grandson has not read much over the ( hectic) summer. Had to get this great little "reluctant reader" book to get us back in gear. Worked great , he's loving the story and it's perfect for starting second graders. Box set #1-4 4 stars
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with my six year old son. He was very excited to get the first Magic Tree House book and I was very curious since I have heard a ton about this series. This is a great read for younger children and children just learning to read.

Jack and Annie find a magic tree house in the woods near their house. When they go up in the tree house they find it’s filled with books. When Jack takes down a book about Dinosaurs and starts to read it when him and Annie are magically transported to a
Ages K-4
Brother-and sister team Jack and Annie transport through space and time in a book-filed magic tree house in the woods behind their neighborhood. I first tried reading from Lions at Lunchtime, but quickly realized that it referred to important events and objects from this first book of the series, Dinosaurs Before Dark. I read aloud this book to my Kindergartener, and she loved the characters and action, which moves along at a fast pace. Osborne builds suspense and strong imagery, a feat
Jan 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know how to rate children's books like this one. I didn't particularly like it, but I can see the things that would make children like it. The story was imaginative and creative and when the t-rex showed up, it became scary and exciting. Mostly I felt that Annie seemed like a fun kid and Jack needed to get the stick out of his rear end.
Feb 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book of a wonderful series. I read the series aloud to my kindergarten class every year. It is just right for their listening level. It is about a 2-3 grade reading level. No language or inappropriate behavior. Teaches history and geography.
So two weeks ago I get a text message from
my son's new teacher. She let me know that my son had to read a book over the summer. As he has several learning disabilities he is in special education classes. So she wanted all her students to read a book on their level. This is hard as my son doesn't want to read "baby books" but has a rough time with chapter books. He has read a few of Dav Pilkey's books but I wanted him to branch out a bit. So I decided we should give the Magic Treehouse books a sh
Hailee Gorges
"Dawn of the Dinosaurs" is the first book in this series by Mary Pope Osborne. The books starts off when Jack and Annie find this tree house while walking in the woods in Frog Creek. They decide to see what is inside the mysterious looking tree house. Inside they found a whole bunch of books. Jack found a book about dinosaurs, and starts thinking how cool it would be to see a dinosaur in real life. Before they knew it Jack and Annie were taken back in time to prehistoric times. They first encoun ...more
Cameron Chaney
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, series
I have fond memories of the Magic Tree House series. As a kid, I'd curl up in bed while my mom sat next to me reading this series aloud, book by book. I loved it and my mom got a real kick out of the stories as well. Because I love Magic Tree House as much as I do, I try to recommend it to kids so that they may experience the adventures of Jack and Annie, too.

Last year, I started tutoring two young children who don't really have a love of reading. I thought nothing would be better to introduce t
Sep 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of my students in Phoenix, as well as my little cousin, have been big fans of Magic Tree House. This was the first time I'd read any of the books, and it was a good book. I did not have the depth a book requires for me to give it anything more than three stars, but that's not Mary Pope Osborne's purpose in this book, so I don't mean that as a criticism. What I had heard about Magic Tree House (and what I now can agree with having read the first book) is that the beauty of the series is how ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
“It spun faster and faster then everything was still. Absolutely still.”
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, Elliott and I love these books!! I have always read to Elliott, and so we have an amazing assortment of childrens' books. But when Elliott was approaching Kindergarten I could tell he was ready for just a little bit more. We got a CD of this book read by the author Mary Pope Osborne in a 'mighty kid's meal' at Wendys!! one of the only times that I ever agreed to getting the 'toy suprise':O) This is the first book in a long series of amazing books of adventure, magic, and true and factual h ...more
Apr 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger-kids
How could this book not get a good rating??? It is so popular and responsible for so many kids reading.

Having said that, I, as an adult, didn't find it interesting. I think my son found parts of it interesting, but he wasn't mesmerized.

A couple of things I didn't like: Mary Pope Osborne (the writer) often uses sentence fragments. Come on, I know it is easy reading, but I was always taught not to use fragments.
Another thing is that at the end, Annie and Jack (the main characters) agree not to t
Mindy Mejia
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-kid-s-shelf
I was wondering when to begin chapter books with my six-year-old, which is really to say I was wondering how to start him on the path toward our shared trip to Hogwarts that I've fantasized about since he was chewing on Sandra Boynton board books. He took the matter in his own hands by asking to read 'Jack and Annie books.' A quick Google search helped me order our first set of Magic Tree House books (#1-4) and we sped through the first one in two days. My son was enthralled with the story and t ...more
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-children
Believe it or not, this was my first time reading a Magic Tree House book and I don't know why I didn't read these growing up. I LOVED IT. I may or may not be a dinosaur nerd, Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorites. So this was right up my alley. I can see why kids eat these up, and why there are so many in the series. Safe to say, I am late to the party. But this will not be the last I read (or recommend!! Everyone read these!)
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
We took this series on a car trip with my 4 year old daughter. While the stories got a bit dull for us grown ups, my daughter loved every minute of it. When we got home, she grabbed the CD's and headed straight to her room to listen to more!
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mother Read: 8/1/16
Oldest Son Read July '16-Aug. '16

My oldest was no big on reading until he started reading this book. It has taken awhile for us to get through it because of birthday parties and vacations to Florida but we have made it through the book. Now on to book 2.
Erica Esther
i have never actually read these books, but i enjoyed this one a lot!
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-series
The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne is full of adventure and interesting facts that young children will enjoy reading about. In the first book of the series Dinosaurs Before Dark, we are introduced to the two main characters Jack and Annie who live in Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Jack is a very smart boy who loves books and learning new and interesting facts, and Annie is his adventurous sister who isn’t afraid of anything and seems to have a special connection with animals. The story ...more
Ericka Clou
Perfect for a first grader and entertaining for the parent too. The kids are transported to the time and place of books they read. In this case, the are transported to see - and learn details about- dinosaurs.
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