Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark

Title: Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Number of pages: 68

Type of Book: Fiction; Contemporary, Adventure

Age: 6 – 9

Available here:

Price: $2.82


Jack, 8 and Annie, 7 were two ordinary kids who discovered some extraordinary things while walking through the woods near their home one quiet day. First, Annie came upon an abandoned tree house filled with all sorts of books: old ones, new ones, dusty ones, shiny ones. Then Jack made an even more amazing discovery. He wished he could see one of the flying dinosaurs in the book he read and whoosh!! Jack and Annie were transported in time to the time of dinosaurs!! Here they saw flying reptiles, a colony of dinosaurs with nests containing dozens of eggs, a t-rex, the scariest dinosaur of all time! (they eat human beings in one bite!), and he got to ride a flying Pteranodon!

It is a must read for all boys and girls especially those who have just started reading independently. This book is the first in an adventure series that takes the siblings on several journeys through time to discover the wonders of the world. This series has sold more than 100 million books world wide!


UP: Readers join Jack and Annie in an exciting adventure in the time of dinosaurs! This book is easy to read and packs a lot of fun, adventure and facts in a small package. I recommend this book for boys and girls between the age of 5 and 9, especially beginning and reluctant readers and kids with a love for adventure. I love LOOVE looooove the series and have stocked up for my boys!!

Perhaps, the greatest highlight is the non-fiction companion to this book (pictured below) This book is a reference tool that contains all sorts of fun facts about dinosaurs!!! The book also has some pointers on how to do research in libraries, museums and using books and the internet!

Jack and Annie will appeal to both boys and girls.

DOWN: None


5 Stars


  1. Ask your child to list three types of dinosaurs mentioned in the book. ATriceratops B. Anatosaurus C. Tyrannosaurus


  • Team the reading experience with a fact-finding fete. Find out all you can about dinosaurs. Read the Non-Fiction Companion
  • Listen to the audiobook here

Read extracts of this book and its non-fiction companion here:

CHALLENGE: Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark


  • Write a short 400-word essay on dinosaurs (8-9 year olds)


  • Draw (and name) three types of dinosaurs (6-7 year olds)


Send your answers to

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 6 – 9 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Wednesday, February 17th 2015.

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3 thoughts on “Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark

  1. Nerissa, as my daughter is still too young, I can’t wait for my niece to begin living with us so she can enjoy your blog and all the challenges.

    I like sibling stories, and this sounds like a nice one with the dinosaurs et al, educative! Welldone.


    1. Hi Bisi!

      Thank you. We look forward to having your niece.

      We will start working extensively on reviews for 0 – 4 year olds soon. In the mean time, you can check out the books in that section, i’m sure you’ll find one or two for your daughter!

      Best wishes


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