Book: Magic Tree House Series
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Genre: Young Children’s Fantasy
Morality Rating: G
Readability Rating: 5 stars
Jack and his little sister Annie are just two regular kids from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania. Then they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books…and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures. Whether it’s watching baby dinosaurs hatch, finding a secret passage in a castle, helping a ghost queen in an Egyptian pyramid, or finding pirate treasure, readers won’t want to miss a single story!
About the Author
“I’m one of those very lucky people who absolutely loves what they do for a living. There is no career better suited to my eccentricities, strengths, and passions than that of a children’s book author.”–Mary Pope Osborne
Mary Pope Osborne is the author of the popular Magic Tree House series. She works with her husband Will and her sister Natalie on the nonfiction companion series, Magic Tree House Research Guides. Many of her books have been named to best-books lists.
This series manages to be easy-to-read while still exciting and full of detailed stories. All children I know who have read this series love it.
Plot: In each story, Jack and Annie travel to a magical place (sometimes back in time, sometimes to a fictional world) where they learn about that time, place, or location. Sometimes they simply learn about a place, and other times they get involved in a adventure where they save the day.
Characters: Jack and Annie are the two main characters in every story. Jack is around 9, I think, and Annie is 7. I liked the two different characters and the sibling relationship between them seems somewhat realistic.
Setting: Each story has its own setting. Since the book is written for a second-grade reading level, details aren’t completely there, but the pictures help set the scene, and the books are surprisingly descriptive for the reading level.
Writing: I love the writing in this book. The books are easy to read, but the author doesn’t sacrifice plot or writing style just to make the reading easy. Somehow, everything still manages to come to life even written with simple, short words, which I find rather impressive.
All children who are between 1st and 3rd grade should love reading these stories and uncovering all the fun details about different times and places.