Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osbourne
I can’t remember if I found this on a list of recommended read-alouds, or if it was just that the author was familiar to me, or if someone recommended it specifically.
No matter how it came to my attention, I’m glad that the series did. While this entry in the series wasn’t the best fit for us (something about outer space would have likely been more appealing), the overall format seems like it’ll be a success, and it’s another good bridge between picture books and longer chapter books. This one is a chapter book, but the chapters are all short and there is one illustration for each chapter.
Anyone who has read it, does it make a difference if you read it in order, or can you skip around to pick titles covering specific topics? This one was the first in the series which is why I started with it, and if I was just going on content the next one I’d try would be #8.
It’s fine, but a different topic would probably interest my kids a bit more. Dinosaurs aren’t their favorite.
The kids’ verdict:
H liked the pictures, but got bored by the story. G liked the story, but it hasn’t been one that he’s desperate to have me reread again and again.
Jack and Annie are ready for their next 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?
Title: Dinosaurs Before Dark
Author: Mary Pope Osborne
Category: Children’s Fiction
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