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  • Published: New York : Random House, 1992.
  • Year Published: 1992
  • Description: 68 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 240

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0679824111 :
  • 0679924116 :
  • 0590405373 :
  • 0785701257


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Dinosaurs before dark

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Call number: J Fiction / Magic Tree House

Additional Details

Youth level.

Ages 5 and up.

Grade K and up.

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

Community Reviews

Magic Tree House

This review is really for all the books in the Magic Tree House series. I'm just putting it on this one since it is the first in the series.
These books are actually pretty good. I mean, they are meant to be "easy reading", so they aren't exactly the kind of books I would read now, but when you are learning to read, they are actually very good. The main reason I think they are good is because not only do they have a story that is likely to make young readers want to continue reading (which is after all the main point of easy reading books!) but they actually benefit the reader a little, which most easy reading books don't. You can learn a little from the Magic Tree House books. Well, that is, the young kids who would be reading them can learn a little. For instance, in this first book, you can actually learn a little bit about dinosaurs. And if the younger child is interested in the subject of the book (for example, my little sister after reading the dolphin Magic Tree House books, was really interested in learning more about dolphins), then there are Magic Tree House Research Guides too, that teach stuff about the subject - and even older kids can learn some stuff about the subject from those.
So if you know a child who is learning to read... well, they really should read these books.

this is magical

this book is verry intresting

dinosaurs magic tree house

it was cool to read about dinosaurs. I liked how the pteranadon helped jack & annie from getting caught by the t rex

Good series

My son really liked this series. This was the first chapter book series he got into.


i used to read these

Great Series

The Magic Tree House series brings back so many great memories. I remember reading these books when I was in the third grade and they were my favorite books. Everyone in my class was so into these books, they wouldn’t let go of them. These books are action-packed, full of adventure, filled with astounding twists and turns, and sometimes give the reader a nice laugh. Not only do they entertain the reader, but they also give tons of information about history. The storylines aren’t all that bad, either. I think it’s a nice way to educate our young ones. The series is a very interesting mix of fiction and nonfiction. Sometimes, I even find myself skimming through the books just for a nice, quick, twenty-minute read. I bought a few of the books when I was younger and now I’ve passed them on to my younger sister. She not only loves the series, but she is determined to read the entire series. I also appreciate the fact that the author, Mary Pope Osborne, is still writing books in the Magic Tree House series. Each book is a simple chapter book, ranging from seventy pages to one-hundred twenty pages. I would definitely recommend this entire series to anyone from kindergarten to fourth grade (based on the individual’s reading level, of course).


I absolutely loved this series when I was younger!


Can't believe I used to read this. I wish I had never set eyes on it.


Jack and Annie (brother and sister) discover a tree house that can take them any place in the books inside the tree house. They meet Morgan, the owner of the tree house, who is a magical librarian. In each book, they are given a puzzle to solve and a reference book that helps them. They explore science and history in the process of solving these puzzles. Some of the books were a bit scary for my kids. Generally, Jack and Annie work well together but there are times when Annie makes poor decisions that get them into trouble. A good way to sneak in some teaching in a reasonably entertaining and inoffensive manner

this is off the chizzain! :oD

this is off the chizzain! :oD

Beto's thoughts

great starting book for the series

Good book

I really liked this book.



Great Start

As the first book in the series, it's a great start of a good series for younger kids.




This is a great series for young readers. Jack and Annie travel through time with the help of Morgan le Fey's,a magical witch from Camelot ,magic tree house. Help these two heroes as they travel through time on a awesome adventure.

The Book

This book is OK but, the it's only good the first time!!!

Definitely not *horrible

I loved this series as a kid!



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