Blizzard of the Blue Moon: Magic Tree House, Book 36

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Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Merlin mission fantasy teaches as it entertains.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

Encourages an interest in learning.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing objectionable in this Magic Tree House series entry. This mild book wraps its fantasy around a history lesson, but kids will be so entertained they probably won't notice.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byPizzapie12345 May 11, 2021
Adult Written bydylanis21 April 9, 2008

i hated it!

it was horrible!there's like a nerd and his sister.they both go on this book there's a old king.he's like a pervert.he has a long b... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous March 12, 2021

It is pretty good.

My teacher read this and I read it myself again. When I read it myself, I think it is pretty good. Takes place in NYC. Again, pretty good.
Kid, 9 years old March 8, 2019


I really like it because it has amazing creativity twist to the story.

What's the story?

Jack and Annie are sent by the wizard Merlin to rescue a unicorn in New York, circa 1938.

Is it any good?

Osborne is a pro, and children won't know -- or mind -- that they're getting an education as they dive into the somewhat thin but generally entertaining plot. It's not great literature, but for kids hungry to graduate to chapter books (and for the parents who are hungry to see them move ahead, too) this book offers plenty of a low-key adventure. A couple of bad guys show up to keep things interesting, but the action never rises above a G-rated level.

This 36th book in Mary Osborne's wildly popular Magic Tree House, continues a sort of "Merlin Mission" sub-series. Kids won't need to have read any of the previous books to fall into this one. Previous books in the series had more realistic settings -- despite the magic portal that got them there. But the Merlin Mission books have added elements of fantasy to help the history lessons go down easy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about -- and look up -- the Unicorn Tapestries. Kids might want to see a picture of the unicorn that Jack and Annie set out to rescue. They might also want to dig deeper into the mythology surrounding unicorns.

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