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