A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's nothing of concern here, and much that is educational. Jack and Annie encounter friendly dinosaurs, gathering a few scientific facts about each one, and sparking imaginations. While the short sentences may have adults yawning, kids will learn to read with them.
Is It Any Good?
In this first adventure, Mary Osborne sets the stage for her popular series, and the set-up is inventive. A book must be found and opened and a wish made for the tree house to begin spinning -- and transport Jack and Annie to another place and time.
An escape, in which Jack hops atop an ancient flying reptile and soars over a Tyrannosaurus rex, will have readers holding their breath, then cheering for the hero's return to safety. And even though Jack gets to do the flying, Annie has her part: It's her ingenuity that saves her brother.
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