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This is the very best fantasy and adventure series for kids. Jack and Annie go on magical journeys accompanied by the wizard, Merlin. They fly away to different moments in time in their tree house. Honestly, it is the bomb.
Reviewed by Jori, a Teen Library Council member
Though this series will not spark and challenge a young reader's thinking and conceptualizing, it is a great introduction to chapter books for the very young reader with simple story lines and likable characters. The cover praises this book for "newly independent readers." If that means K-1 then I agree. If that means grades 2-3 then I think these readers are being underestimated.
I like the book because of the magic tree house. ~ Marissa, age 8
So very earnest. So very full of simple stereotypes. So very well plotted and characterized that I can see why this has remained the most popular beginning chapter book series since I started in the business almost fifteen years ago.
Young siblings Jack and Annie find a mysterious box that they use to travel through time and space, often aided by they box's powerful, magical owner. That's right, in its most basic form the series is Doctor Who for 6-8 year old readers (which has been popular enough to become one of the longest running TV shows of all time). Older Jack (8) is the cautious, studious one who wants to learn before leaping; Annie (7) is the optimistic one who rushes right into everything. It's a perfect combination to establish a balance of adventure and education, with just a touch of tension between them. The tree house's owner provides the mystery.
(This review is for the audio of books 1-8, listened to in immediate succession.)
I like Jack and Annie books because it has a mystery in the book. ~ Jazzy, age 8
I also barrowed this book from my teacher but i read it last year it was really good a little sort book but it's ok if you want to finish it really fast and like in my school when you can only keep it for 1 day than it's good to have it sort .i like how he was reading a book with his friend it's good to read books with a friend .
I like how Annie likes to use her imagination. I like how they read the book and wish to see the Pteranodon and then a Pteranodon comes to life.
Jack and Annie discover a mysterious treehouse full of books in their neighbourhood. As Jack is leafing through a book on dinosaurs, the treehouse is transported back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. Can Jack and Annie make it back to their own time before they are eaten by the Tyranosaurus Rex? And does the medallion that they find belong to the owner of the treehouse?
This book, while formulaic, is exciting to the beginning reader who can finally read on their own. It is also a lovely read aloud for the young non reader, with it's episodic nature making it perfect for bedtime storytime.
The magic treehouse series features siblings Jack and Annie traveling through time together, usually on a quest to help their magician friend and usually learning about a certain historical place and era in the process. Books 1-28 recommended; the later "Merlin mission" books (29-46) are a bit long nag pages with pictures too far between for this preschooler's.
This book is great! The whole series is great. My son is in kindergarten and he loves this whole series. It's also a series that I love reading with him and discovering what happens with him. This is a great series to share with your young children. It's great for girls and boys...probably from the ages of 5-10 years old. It's a great way to introduce short chapter books to young children.
A good book for young children ages 10 and under.