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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1)
Dinosaurs Before Dark - Magic Tree House, No 1
Author: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
ISBN-13: 9780679824114
ISBN-10: 0679824111
Publication Date: 7/28/1992
Pages: 80
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 163 ratings
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
My two boys ages 3 and 6 loved this book. I caught my 6 year old sneaking a look at the pictures to find out what happened next- and my 3 year old begs and begs for me to keep reading. I even enjoyed reading it to them- the dialogue was fun.
ChrisHick avatar reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on
Helpful Score: 5
THis is the first book in the series; it explains how the whole deal got started. This book is about dinosaurs but does not focus on their lifestyles. It mainly focuses on their physical characteristics.
Bibliocrates avatar reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 252 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
My daughter loved this book, the first in the Magic Tree House series. Jack and his little sister Annie discover a tree house filled with books where Jack finds a book about dinosaurs and looks through it. When Jack sees a picture of a Pteranodon, he whispers, "I wish I could see a Pteranodon for real." Suddenly, Jack and Annie find themselves in the prehistoric past. I look forward to reading the rest of this series with my daughter, fantastic adventure books to read aloud to young ones!
ChristineMM avatar reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 370 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The first book in the series. Independent reading level 2.0 as stated by publisher on the back cover. Very cute story that sets the whole series in motion.
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 141 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is the first in a great series of children's adventure books. A great way to get and keep your kids reading.
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 32 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
first in the magic tree house series..my sons just love this book as well as all the others in the series..
ophelia99 avatar reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 2527 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
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 its 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 land filled with dinosaurs.

This was a very short beginning chapter book suitable for young kids. The plot is straightforward, yet still engaging, interesting, and magical. Beginning readers should be able to follow along and even read some of their beginning sight words throughout.

I would classify this mainly as an adventure book with elements of magical realism (since they travel from a magic tree house).

Each chapter has a couple pages of pictures, so this makes wonderful transition book between picture books and chapter books. The pictures are well done and fun.

The book is also a bit educational since the book Jack brings along on their time traveling trip has interesting facts about Dinosaurs in it.

The story seems to be aimed a bit more at young boys because Jack is really the main character. But Annie is there too (his younger sister) and girls should find it easy to engage with her character as well.

Overall my son really enjoyed this book. It was a bit too simple for an adult, but I didnt mind reading it and thought the story was decent. Definitely recommended for reading with young children, or for children who are ready to transition to reading beginning chapter books on their own. I am glad that we picked this up and foresee many more Magic Tree House books in our future!
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 597 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the first of this series. Jack and Annie go in a magic tree to different times in history. This is a really fun series.
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 63 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
We love this series!
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
A fun childrens tale. The first magic tree house series.
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
My son is 6 and getting into loving to read. When we came across this book series a few months back I never imagined that two little storybook characters would have captivated his imagination in the manner that Jack & Annie have. He can't wait to get each subsequent book in the mail. He has to read it right away, before he plays after school. Because he has to see what adventure they are on next. We love that the stories follow where the last leaves off so that it really seems like the series is a journal about these two's life, not just another book.
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on
Helpful Score: 1
I had tried a couple of read out loud books for my five year old son and he wouldn't pay attention to any of them. A friend recommended this series and my son LOVED this first book. He kept asking me to read on and then order more books. If you are a literature snob you may not like these. If you are looking for something catchy to start your kid on chapter books this does the trick!
Terabithia avatar reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 71 more book reviews
A tree house that appears out of nowhere? Before Jack and Annie can say "What's happening?"they're whisked away to the prehistoric past. Will they get home before dark...or will they become some giant creature's dinner?
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 67 more book reviews
Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them back to the phrehistoric past. now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark...or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on + 102 more book reviews
A Magic Tree House book..need I say more:)

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 give the kids the magic to travel and see far, far away.
reviewed Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No 1) on
My son and I love these books - we are working on collecting them all. Kids will love them because each one is a new adventure.