The Magic Tree House- Review

Have you ever had an amazing imagination? Have you ever wanted to go back in time to view history? Or joining King Arthur and Merlin on their adventures? Or do you just want to be a kid again? Join Jack and Annie as they travel through history and mythic legends. And as they learn more about the world around them!

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Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

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Series Title/Author:

Magic Tree House.     Mary Pope Osborn.

Magic Tree House Facts.   Also by Mary Pope Osborn.

-The set of books is almost 200$. So it may be in your best interest to buy all the fact tracker books separately.

Times Read:

-Unkown.

Why? Because I have read so many of the magic tree house books. Some I’ve read multiple times, others I’ve only read once, and others still I’ve never read. So that is why I say Unknown.

I know I made it to book 30 something before I graduated Elementary School (we went from K thru 6). What was my Elementary school you may ask? “No. I didn’t ask…” Cougar Run Elementary! “Ok?”  It was an interesting time spent there. I wasn’t really into the whole friends playing sports thing. “Why are you telling me that?” Why? Because it made me who I am. It is why I enjoy reading so much. Granted, some of it is in my Genes, but it propelled me forward. And now? I’m the author of this blog!!

That 30 something book? Eve of the Emporer penguin or something close to that. I think the school library was ordering the next book when I graduated.

Genre:

-Historical Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy, Non-Fiction, Magic, Children’s literature, Adventure, Informational, Cute.

Rating:

-10/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 6-8

-My Opinion: 6+. Look, Ranges stink. Age 6 is kindergarten/first-grade time. Do teachers really expect us to make that big of a jump in reading level in 2 years?! I know people that are still in a middle school reading level!!

Now, I was a bit different. Seeing as how I read the Lord of the Rings series while my peers were reading Go Dog, Go!, but that is a story for another time. So? Onto the review!!

Basic Review:

-Have you ever had an amazing imagination? Have you ever wanted to go back in time to view history? Or joining King Arthur and Merlin on their adventures? Or do you just want to be a kid again? Join Jack and Annie as they travel through history and mythic legends. And as they learn more about the world around them! And who knows? You may learn something new too!

Long Review:

-So have you? Or are too old for this? If you are, then do me a favor. 1: Close your eyes for 5 seconds, then read the next step. 2: You are a kid again. In your room. And you are wondering about the dinosaurs. (Did it work? I’m not very good at hypnosis… If it didn’t work, just try and imagine it.)

Have you ever wondered about history? Jack and Annie did. But before that, they were just regular kids. Going and playing around outside. Enjoying Mac n Cheese. Going to bed at a respectable hour. And enjoying their history classes. But there was one problem. Their classes didn’t give enough information. And so they came up with a plan.

As they climbed there tree house, a magical thing happened. Wherever Jack and Annie wanted to go, they now could. So they started with the most logical time. The time of the dinosaurs. And this is where our story begins!

How did this happen? I have no earthly idea. But I can tell you one thing for sure. Children have an amazing imagination. And with imagination comes magic. Magic is real, and kids are the only ones that can harness it. It is why they are so wise when they are young. Then they get into their teen years and forget how to be imaginative. Then comes adulthood where they daydream about all their childhood fantasies.

These books are really special. As I stated above, I would still read these if I could. But there is something about these. There is a companion series. For each and every book. (55 books by now, I believe.) The companion series has the Facts about what Jack and Annie did in their adventures. So, Book 1? It was about dinosaurs. And the companion book? It was the non-fiction part about books!

These are a good way to have your child learn something about history. Or, (depending on who’s reading right now) it may be a good way for you to learn about history. And to be a kid again.

Books 1-29 are all about history. Dinosaurs, The American Civil War, and even wooly mammoths!! And their companion books have the real facts. (I believe Jack and Annie appear in those as well. That way they can help you learn what some words mean.)

Now, Books 29-50 something. (Once again, I believe it is 55, but I may be wrong.) These are slightly different. While books 1-29 were meant for entrance level reading, books 29+ are meant for 3rd or 4th graders. The books are longer. Almost 3 times as thick. And that is because this is where the magic comes into play.

How do I mean? It’s actually fairly simple. Everyone here should know something about mythology. And the most well-known mythological creatures? Sphinx, Minotaur, and Thor. I’m sure even most children know about those three. One that is less familiar, though? King Arthur. Now, why is that?

What Kid wants to be a king? Ok, A lot. But they do not know about the most famous king in history. Now, it can be argued that King Arthur was just made up. But I have a feeling that he was real. And so was Merlin.

Mary Pope Osborn changes this, however. She makes them real in the eyes of a child. Jack and Annie now go on quests for King Arthur and Merlin. It is how they got to spend Christmas in Camelot (That was one of the books). In a sense, they become mythological heroes themselves. Well, a hero and a heroine. They save the world of Magic!

Or so I believe they do. Since I only got to read a few of those books before I graduated, I never really did get to see what Jack and Annie were going to accomplish next!

Mary Pope Osborn? I never met her. But what I do know if that she speaks to the hearts of Children everywhere. It doesn’t matter if you are 2, 22, or 122. Inside your heart, you are still a Kid. And if the Kid has grown up, have them read one of these books. In my eyes, that is much better than throwing Mud at the side of a house. Or disobeying Parents.

Can you let me know if You liked this review? I tried to make it more personable for children, but at the same time keeping it informational for the Parents. I do recommend this series. For everyone! Because it is not only Fun but informational as well.

Why did I choose this book(s)?

-As I stated up above, I was in elementary school. I didn’t really have any close friends, and I’ve NEVER been coordinated. Heck, I tried to throw a snowball today 3 different times… Two hit the ground, one hit the tree. I was aiming for the fence… And I have 2 years of baseball under my belt… Pretty sad actually.

Would Recommend?

-Yes. And not just for Kids. I recommend this for all ages. Even High School and College kids. Why? Because it is informative. I had so many friends that hated reading the history books. And they never did well in the classes. But books 1-29? They are all about history!! Had my friends read those instead of watching horror films, they may have done much better in their classes!

If I was sent the entire series, I’d read ’em immediately. They are a link to my past. And those were some of my favorite reading years. Heck, I’d be fine reading them when I’m 30 something. Granted, by that time I’ll probably be reading them to my future kids, but that’s a long way off.

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

Dr. Seuss-Author Review

Who was Dr. Seuss? No. Who IS Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss is an American author, writer, illustrator, cartoonist, animator and publisher who died in 1991. He is most well known for his children’s books. Even to this day, his books are one of the most read!

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. Please also keep in mind, I do not Promote, Support, or Respond to Negative Commentary.

Please note: I was unable to find another picture that showed tribute to the Iconic Dr. Seuss. His name is Trade Marked, and I am just writing a review. I do not plan on taking his Name. Thank you for reading!!

Author/Recognizability:

-Dr. Seuss.  His real name is Theodor Seuss Geisel.  I say Is because Dr. Seuss is alive in all our hearts. And every Christmas. When we watch Home Alone and Home Alone 2!

Recognizability: One of the most well-known authors in all of history. He wrote so many books, and they all had a rhyming theme to them. Even now when people hear poems like it, they think of Dr. Seuss! Or at least I do.

Most iconic Books:

-He has a “few” Iconic Books. I will only be talking about my 4 favorites, however.

Like I said, just a “Few”. He wrote so many books, but I believe these are the most well known!!

Genres:

-Children’s books*. Fantasy. Magic. Fiction. Classics.

* This isn’t always true, though. Dr. Seuss actually wrote a few books for the adult genres as well. He kept with the same theme, but they are not made for children. That is why I included the Asterisk. <- This symbol *

Rating:

-10/10. I love this author. I started reading his books when I was 9 months old. Now, they were upside down, but I was still reading!!

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 6-9

-My Opinion: Now this happens to be another instance where I hate the Phrase “Age Range.” I have a much better “Range”.  You listening?

I say ages 4+. You could be 120 years old and still love these books! I’m 19 and love to pick them up! So I guess we can say 4-120. And I say 120 because there are many people who live past 100. Only a few make it past 110. This is for them!

Basic Review/info:

-Who was Dr. Seuss? No. Who IS Dr. Seuss? Dr. Seuss is an American author, writer, illustrator, and publisher who died in 1991. (Now you know me, I am very family Oriented. So this next part sits just fine with me!) Dr. Suess only had 2 wives during his lifetime. Hist first wife died in ’67. Dr. Seuss was a widower for one year. Then in ’68 he married his second wife. They were married until His death in ’91. “Till Death do us Part.” Dr. Seuss really lived to that!

He is most well-known as a children’s book author. However, Dr. Seuss was much more than that. He was a cartoonist and an artist for many magazines after his college life. (He attended both Dartmouth and Oxford. Now THAT is a smart kid!!) He then went to be an animator for the United States Army during the World War 2 era. It was only after the war that he got started on his children’s books career. However, this wasn’t going to be his first time writing. Yes, he did magazines back in the day. His first book was published before the war. But it is not one of his most well known. Not even I knew about it for a long time.

His first book was Published in 1937. Its name is: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. I personally have not read this book. But I can only imagine it is an amazing book!

Truth be told, I firmly believe that Dr. Seuss rivals the great William Shakespeare. And that is really hard to do!!

Long Review of Books:

-Now that we have the basic information out of the way, let us start the reviews on my favorite 4 books!

Green Eggs and Ham:

green_eggs_and_ham This is one of the best books Dr. Seuss wrote. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had Green Eggs and Ham, but it seems like an interesting meal. I’m guessing that the green egg is like the century egg. Basically black. *shudders*. Some people seems to like em. I don’t think I really would, though.  Fun fact real quick, though. Do you know how to pronounce Egg? “Eh-g”. Guess how I pronounce it? No takers? I don’t know why, but I have always pronounced it as “Eai-g”. I pronounce Leg the same way. It’s really 1: sad, and 2: annoying. Anyways…

Also, green ham… To me, that says mold is growing on it. And has been for a while! Call me crazy, But I don’t want to eat anything with mold on it. Granted, I love cheese… And cheese is mold…… But I don’t like Moldy cheese. Like Blue cheese. That stuff makes me sick to my stomach… I love Feta, though!  Alright, I’ll get back to the review.

 The Cat in the Hat:

220px-seuss-cat-hat The most iconic book Dr. Seuss has ever written. Or in my opinion anyway. So let me ask you a question? What happens when your mother will not let you do ANYTHING!!? Well, you get bored. You want to break the rules. But you can’t. So your minds wanders. And that is where the cat in the hat came from. Yes, I know that’s not what the book says. But I am trying to say what would happen IRL.

Brother and sister had the same daydream about a cat that comes to save them from boring hell. And their pet fish learns how to talk. What kid wouldn’t love that?!

Most children don’t like it when their parents tell them that they are not allowed to do anything. My younger brother is an example. Or some of my closest friends. Either they have boundaries that they find a way around, or they have none at all. My brother and I have very strict boundaries. But i love it. It keeps me in check. There is no worse feeling than disappointing my mom. Now yes, I am not Perfect. I have broken the rules before. But when I do there is a serious guilt that lays on me. And I tell my mom almost immediately. But that is because I respect my mom. Sorry… off track again… I do that a lot. Damnit, sorry. You came here for a review!

Anyway, the boundaries thing. One of my buddies had lax boundaries. As such he ended up being really lonely. And he tried to kill himself. more than once too. We are no longer friends, but that is beside the point. What I am trying to say is that even though these two hate the boundaries, it really keeps them in check.

What do I mean by that? well, just read the book. Things get out of control. thing one and thing two go bonkers and make a huge mess. the Cat doesn’t know what to do. And the two kids are doing everything they can to make things right again! (Cat in the hat game for the P.C. was one of my favorites. I played that to death!!) Did anyone ever see the movie? HERE is the link to the IMDB page. Mike Myers played the Cat. He had this Purple goop that made a huge mess everywhere. he encouraged the kids to break the rules. Jump on the couch with dirty feet. Drive illegally. And disobey their mom.

But in the end, the kids pull their bootstraps up and fix the problem. They remove the goop from everywhere and get thing one and thing two back into check.

I love this book. Because, even though it is meant to be entertaining, it teaches a moral at the end. And Dr. Seuss tells the best Morals!

How the Grinch stole Christmas:

how-grinch-stole-christmas His second most Iconic book. Now up above I mentioned Home Alone and Home Alone 2. The reason for this is because the Animated movie was playing. Not the one with Jim Carry, But the original. And I love those two movies. SO FUNNY!!! But You’re not here for that. (I say something later on about that. Or did I say it up above? Either way…)

Who is the Grinch? And Evil hearted Goblin that hates everything that is happy or bright. Hang on, I’ll come back to this in just a moment->

I was reading up on Dr. Seuss and I saw something That caught my eye. Dr. Seuss wrote this book because of something that happened to him. It was during the prohibition, and his family’s brewery was shut down. And I think he was arrested? I didn’t click on the article, but i thought it was very interesting. You always think that an author (Fiction author) just has an amazing imagination. But it looks like their real life actually influences a lot of their writings. Now, is this true? I’m not sure. But if it is, then that explains how the grinch is so mad. Because Dr. Seuss was Mad. And I guess he found a way to move past this problem. Once again, No clue at all if it was true! If it was, then it is one helluva story! Back to the review.

He mistreats his dog, and that right there angers the hell out of me. There is n such thing as a bad dog. Just bad owners. Dogs (Not cats. Cats have their own agendas.) ooze out unconditional love. But I guess that’s why the grinch was such a jerk to his dog.

Every single year he hates the sounds of the happiness of Christmas. so this year he decides to go and steal the Christmas presents and food from everyone in the town below. Even the little crumb for the mouse!! Now he expects that this will be devastating for everyone in the town and can’t wait to hear their cries of agony.

And then he hears something unexpected. Singing. Why? Wouldn’t you be so pissed off is everything you worked so hard for what taken away from you? well, they don’t. In fact, it doesn’t seem to bother them at all. Why? It is because the grinch failed to take away the one thing more important than material goods. Family. All of a sudden, the Grinches heart seems to stutter.

Yes, he’s having a hear attack. of sorts anyway. His heart is growing. Basically from a peanut to an orange. or something like that. But right then, The grinch learned how to be happy. And how to sing. and how to Love.

So he got back on his sleigh and rode the presents to everyone in the town. And at the end of the book, he is singing too.

Oh the places you’ll go!: 

thecuriousg-seuss-the-places-youll-go One of my favorites because it tells you never to give up. How do I mean? Well, I am talking about is the moral of this story. You can’t just wait around for something to happen. Life isn’t a game. The best way I can put this is to describe and use two of my favorite games.

Pokemon vs Skyrim.

In Pokemon, you can’t just wait around for rings to happen. If you just sit there, life won’t continue.  You want to be the very best and catch them all? Then YOU have to get out there and do something about it! You want to go and travel the seas? See things you never get to? Then GO! Stop waiting for things to happen and make them happen!

In Skyrim, it is some of the same deal, but better explained. If you just sit around and wait, nothing will happen. Life will continue around you. You may see a bear or two come in front of you, but you will never get to destroy the dragons just sitting there.

Are you not a gamer? Then here is the best possible explanation I can give you.

A river. Let’s say that we are all either fish, or leaves, and bugs, or even a piece of bark flowing by. You could even be a frog! But there are bumps along the way. A little cove that traps the water and you. A rock that blocks your vision. Someone who forces you into a corner and leaves you there. What are you going to do?

In this book, we are told to get up, get moving, and live life! Where do you want to go? In the river: You are whatever of those things I listed. You want to get to the Amazon river and you are stuck in the Mississippi river in a cover of constantly swirling water. What are you going to do? Just swim there and wait to die? Or are you going to find a way out of your mess? Get back into the flow of the river? and make your way to the Amazon. or the Nile. Or even the open Ocean!

That is what this book is about. Living your life. And not letting anyone take it away from you!!

So what are The Morals that Dr. Seuss left in these books? ↓

Green eggs and ham: Don’t be afraid to try new things. You may enjoy them!

Cat in the hat: Respect your boundaries. But at the same time, Have fun.

Oh the Places you’ll go: Don’t sit around and wait for life to end. Go! Live your life!

How the grinch stole Christmas: Don’t let anger and hatred Fester. We each can move past it! And you will be a happier and better person because of it.  (I did this recently. I made peace with one of the people that made my life a living hell. And I am a much happier person!)

The second moral is that Family is forever. No material good can replace that. Eventually, even Diamonds will fade away. But Family never does.

2 other Morals:

Sneeches: No matter what everyone looks like, including yourself, We can be all accepting. There is no reason why someone with different coloration or marks means they suck. Learn to accept everyone.

Horton hears a who: Everyone, no matter how small and insignificant, deserves a voice and a life. You know what I attribute this one to? Bees. Now, I am deathly allergic to bees and I am terrified of them. But I love honey. I used to stomp on them when I was younger because I was afraid they’d sting me. (I was traumatized by a nest of hornets. Just another stupid thing I did as a kid.) Now I just run away!!

Would Recommend Books by Author?

-Yes. He really knew how to get these Iconic books into your head. And they will never fail!!

Reason Chosen?

-Because he is an Amazing Author. And he rivals William Shakespeare! Look, I am a biased reader. Also “Author”. I say Author because, I am the only person on this blog. But this is My Library! It is how I feel!  My mom has a picture of me reading Dr. Seuss’s book upside down when I was 9 months old!! His books will always hold a special place in my heart! (If I could find the picture in our basement I would include it in here. My mom may know which bin of memorabilia it is in, but I highly doubt it.

Could you let me know what you thought about this? Talking about the author and my favorite books they have written? I rather enjoyed it!

Thanks for readin!

-Jack

Clifford the Big Red Dog- Series Review

Have you ever met someone who changed your life forever? Was he Red? Had a pink tongue? Would bark from time to time? Oh, and was he possibly bigger than your house?! Clifford Is. And he has a job to share his love with the world!!

Please note that everything you read below is just my personal opinion. I do not know everything. Nor would I want to. I will not respond to negative comments. 

Series Title/Author:

Clifford the Big Red Dog. Norman Bridwell

Times Read:

-?? I’ll be honest, I can’t give a definite answer for this one. I have read a lot of these. However, I know there are more than I have read. So, at least 1…. I hope.

Genre:

-Children’s, Adventure, Morals, Cute.

Rating:

-10/10

Age Range:

-Author(s) Suggest: 4+

-Tv Show: 3+

-My Opinion: I agree with both of these. Clifford the big red dog was my favorite dog until I found scooby-doo. I even had the big stuffed animal. I remember coming home after school and turning on Clifford. I’m now 19, and honestly…. I’d probably not change the channel if it was on. For 2 reasons:

1: It is one of those things I never got over. Clifford brought me happiness! 2: John Ritter (one of my all-time favorite actors) played Clifford. John Ritter played the Iconic Jack Tripper, From Three’s Company. <- One of my all time favorite things to watch!    It was one of the last things he did. In 2003 he died of a heart attack. I was 6 years old at that time. I had no idea that was why there were no more new episodes.

Basic Review:

– Have you ever met someone who changed your life forever? Was he Red? Had a pink tongue? Would bark from time to time? Oh, and was he possibly bigger than your house?! Clifford Is. And he has a job to share his love with the world!! Be it sticking his nose in your window at night. Or putting out a fire in the newspaper building downtown.

Long Review:

– Clifford is bigger than your average dog. *Duh.* But I don’t mean literally (though he is huge for sure!), I mean that he has a bigger heart than usual. (Again, I don’t mean literally!) He has been known to put out fires, teach morals, and go to school. Everywhere he walks, his big paws spread the love.

This is the perfect book for children, or for adults that have the child in them… It is a book for everyone!! I think I have said as much as I can for this series…

Long story short, Clifford the big red dog is one of my all time favorite Children’s book series. Look, I may be 19, but I still love a Clifford from time to time. It’s no wonder why I like Jack Tripper so much! His comedy never dies!! (Shut up, I know its an old show. I watch Lucy, I dream of Jeanie, Dick Van Dyke, Three’s company, bewitched…. Last man standing, Reba… Look, I just don’t like shows like Breaking bad, sons of anarchy, walking dead, robot chicken… But that’s just me. I’m rambling again.)

Why did I choose this book(s)?

-I didn’t. My mom chose it. I think she read it to me when I was younger. I just remember we had a bunch of the books on our bookshelf. (I don’t remember much from my childhood… Unless I find something that reminds me of a memory that is!)

However, I chose it for the series review because it is a classic. It is like the Dr. Seuss books. Except I had a personal connection to Clifford. And most kids nowadays are playing on iPads and such. They have no idea who Clifford is. And it’s a real shame.

Would Recommend?

-Yes. In Fact, this is one of those series I will read to my kids. (Not yet. Got a few more years of growin up before I’m ready for that.)

Thanks for readin!

-Jack