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Mary Pope Osborne's Magic tree house. Dinosaurs before dark
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Gr 1--3--This inventive graphic novel adaptation of the beloved chapter book series retells the story of siblings Jack and Annie discovering an enchanted tree house in the woods of Frog Creek, PA. Transported back in time, the pair encounter majestic dinosaurs in their original habitat. Jack and Annie are in for an unexpected visitor as a Tyrannosaurus rex approaches the nest of baby Anatosauruses they uncover. Not only will they have to evade history's most notorious dinosaur, but they will also have to figure out how to safely return home before bedtime. The story seamlessly translates into comics format, heightening the suspense for young readers. The pacing is effective, with more images and less text than in the original, which works well for emergent readers. The artwork has a distinctly digital quality, giving the tale an animated feel that children will appreciate. Jack and Annie are both white. VERDICT This fresh take on "The Magic Tree House" brings the adventures to life for those who enjoyed the classic series and newcomers alike.--Claire Moore, Manhattan Beach Lib., CA
Kirkus Review
Two kids climb a ladder to prehistoric adventure in a graphic bid to bring the classic series to an even younger audience. A half-idle wish that stolid 8 1/2-year-old Jack makes while he and his impulsive little sister, Annie, are sitting in a mysterious, book-filled treehouse whirls the two off to the Cretaceous Period for encounters with dinosaurs both amiable and, in the case of a toothy Tyrannosaurus rex, not so much. The illustrators (twin sisters) make much use of inset and irregularly shaped panels to keep the action trotting along. They craft brightly lit, full-color scenes (more simply drawn than Sal Murdocca's black-and-white illustrations in the 1992 original) in which Jack's large eyeglasses and Annie's big, wide, blue eyes (both kids present White) offer instant keys to their characters, and the dinos wading through grassy, flower-strewn prehistoric landscapes are more beneficent-looking than scary (even that T. rex). Laird incorporates necessary explication into the dialogue, simplifying some vocabulary--Jack's "I wish I could see a Pteranodon for real," in the chapter book becomes "I wish we could go there," as he points to a picture of the flying reptile--but generally sticking to Osborne's tone and phrasing. In the end the two time travelers get back home in time for dinner…Jack with a certain golden medallion he picked up as a lead-in to the next three episodes. A bright, brisk repackaging that piles on the visual appeal. (Graphic fantasy. 6-9) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
The #1 bestselling chapter book is now a graphic novel! Magic. Mystery. Time-travel. Get whisked back in time in the magic tree house with Jack and Annie!

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric 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?
For the first time in graphic novel--live the adventure again in the very first Magic Tree House book, with new art from comic artists Kelly and Nichole Matthews!
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