✓ Dinosaurs Before Dark ↠´ Download by ✓ Mary Pope Osborne For the longest time I wasn t going to count this towards my official 2018 reading goal Because it s a children s book and it felt like cheating But then I thought, screw it My sister and I read these all the time as children I ve collected quite a few of them over the years I plan on passing them down to my niece and nephew, but I thought before I did that I might as well read them one last time I thought this was cute and nostalgic and perfect for new to chapter book readers I even, admittedly, had to look up some things I hadn t known before about dinosaurs Pterodactyls aren t actually dinosaurs, whodathunk Just me My fiance is adamant on calling them his favorite dinosaur still Anyways, 3.
5 5 rounded up to 4 stars cause why not.
Beginning readerFor grades 1 3Jack and his sister Annie discover a book filled tree house, and, when Jack opens a book about dinosaurs, discover that it can magically transport them back in time to see real dinosaurs.
Organized into ten short chapters, with a full page illustration per chapter, this is a highly appealing story for early readers The text is clear and concise, with a fairly simple vocabulary but with characters and plot that will keep readers hooked The black and white illustrations are simple, helping readers to visualize the characters and action, while the text tells the bulk of the story Because the story features a brother and sister, both boys and girls can find a protagonist to identify with Annie likes fantasy and make believe, while Jack is interested in reality and facts These personality traits drive the action, as Annie acts impulsively while Jack stands back and makes careful observations about the dinosaurs This would be a great introduction to the chapter book format, and the length and variety of the series will allow readers to come back again and again to see where the tree house takes the children next.
School Library Journal s review is choppy and relies primarily on plot description, but does point out the scientific content which would hook dinosaur fans Publisher s Weekly is enthusiastic about the book s appeal to children, and nicely points out the way Jack continues to consult the dinosaur book for information throughout the story.
August 2018 we read the first half aloud, and listened to the whole thing again on CD Ben was really interested and wants to keep going with the series.
October 2018 he found this again, we read the second half out loud, and he wanted me to start again at the beginning immediately He s also re listening to the CD Update we re on our 4th reading and between that and the audiobook, he practically has it memorized.
Jack And Annie S Very First Fantasy Adventure In The Bestselling Middle Grade Series The Magic Tree House 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 As an adult, I d have to say this is not five star reading material However, it rates five stars because my second grader eats these books up, and is getting a glimpse of loads of different places and historical events.
5 Stars The first chapter book Small fry and I read together AND it s one I loved when I was little so I have to round up He was completely enthralled as hung on every word of this adventure Each night he didn t want me to stop reading and just wanted to know what happened yet.
I was so so so bored by the repetitive sentence structure and lack of any pronouns Also Jack is pretentious and needs to just stop trying to control Annie because she s got this.
But I guess it s not really for me, huh This review goes for the entire series Any books that can keep my almost 4 year old so interested and excited that we can discuss them in the car, at breakfast, at lunch, before bed, guess what might happen next, say, this is kind of like what happened in our book, and that we actually have to have a stack of the next few sitting here just in case, is a 5 star in my book Each one takes Jack and Annie into the pages of a new book We have learned about and wanted to investigate further mummies, space, ghost towns, a player piano, sabertooth tigers, Africa and They are a perfect fictional introduction to nearly any subject.
For first read aloud chapter books, they are really great too because they don t deal with school or interpersonal relationships between friends, teachers, older kids, etc that a preschooler doesn t have the ability to relate to yet We have had several other chapter books here, but they were above his head Not vocabulary these have great vocab words , but in situation I also love that these have great adventures that with both a male and female protagonist and situations that both boys and girls could relate to and love.
Fun start to a fun series This is a cute, inoffensive little adventure story that winds up offending me anyway simply by being present in the world What sort of a grump am I, eh I was looking for something a little easier for my dyslexic girl She d been struggling with some bigger books, and she needed a burst of confidence to help her get back to where she wanted to be, so I found this book, saw how easy it was and brought it home for her Mission accomplished she blew through it, had fun, and moved straight back to a difficult book with her confidence restored For that, Dinosaurs in the Dark s practical use, it earns a second star if there were no mitigating circumstances, I d only give it one star.
So why am I so offended I m offended because I know talented authors, plenty of them, who can t get their stuff published, and their stuff is good stuff I ve had the pleasure, for instance, to read the beginning of one of Scribble Orca s books, and in its in process state, her book is vastly superior to Dinosaurs Before Dark Her book is original her relationships are realistic the stakes are believable even in her fantastic setting, whereas Mary Pope Osborne s book is none of these things It is fine, but it is an elementary school student s paint by numbers picture, and not a terribly complex paint by numbers picture at that So that s where the offense lies talented friends or talented folks I don t know can t get a sniff of publication and are forced to the ghetto of self publication , but hackosaurids, however good intentioned, live their dream of writing for a living when that happens I can barely contain my bileousness.
So this book This book should be bound in a soft folder, maybe put together with brads, and brought out for Osborne s children and grandchildren and great grandchildren, passed on within a family and nothing Like so many deserving authors books are destined to be.
Divan serijal knjiga za malu decu o avanturama brata i sestre koji u svojoj ku ici na drvetu pronalaze knjigu i listaju i je prenose se u drugo vreme i u tom vremenu do ivljavaju avanture pa malo idu u pro lost a malo i u budu nost i u svakoj knjizi deca se lepo zabave i pone to novo nau e Serijal je veliki hit u svetu ve godinama, do iveo je mnoga izdanja a i na a deca su te knjige veoma lepo prihvatila Autorka je divna, imali smo prilike da se dru imo s njom davne 2005 tokom sajma de je knjige u Bolonji Ovaj serijal toplo preporu ujem svoj deci uzrasta od 7 11 godina Dinosaurs Before Dark Magic Tree House Series 1 by Mary Pope Osborne,A good transition into chapter books for the new reader.
While formulaic, predictable, and not particularly clever, this series serves the purpose of providing adventure at a fast moving pace for the new to chapter book set The predictable nature of these books adds to their appeal as it makes them easier to comprehend and also helps them stay familiar Kids of this age can be easily daunted by books and tend to be drawn to the familiar This would also be a good read aloud for a younger child.
The first book in the series, Dinosaurs makes a great introduction to the set It has plenty of suspense and a fairly simple, yet exciting plot There is also the addition of accurate dinosaur facts that contribute to further learning without it seeming contrived.
The main characters, Jack and Annie, are a boy and a girl, without too strong of a focus on either, so this book is appealing to both genders While missing the humor and cleverness of other books for this age group, it still delivers on action, adventure and suspense.
School Library JournalGr 1 3 This enjoyable time travel fantasy is a successful beginning chapter book Jack and his younger sister find a tree house filled with books When he wishes he could really see the Pteranodon pictured in one of them, it appears at the window The children have been transported back to the Cretaceous period They begin to explore and are soon threatened by a Tyrannosaurus The Pteranodon comes to their rescue, and they figure out enough about the magic that carried them back in time to be able to use it to return home There is plenty of suspense and magic here, and enough dinosaur information to please science buffs Characterization is sketchy and older children will find the plot predictable, but readers just past the easy to read stage will find it satisfying It should attract those who devour Ruth Chew s books Louise L Sherman, Anna C Scott School, Leonia, NJ Exactly my thoughts on the book