Parents' Guide to

Knight at Dawn: Magic Tree House, Book 2

By Megan McDonald, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Predictable -- choose other books in this series.

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age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Use Their Imagination

I read this with my son when he was 10 years old. It was a very interesting read. I think it inspires children to use their imagination.
age 7+

Good idea, but the role models need better character!

I think it's great that this series is trying to get kids interested in non-fictional items (science, history) through adventure books, but the reading level is low for the age I feel would be appropriate. Annie says "dummie" and does not listen to her brother's advice. The brother says "I'm going to kill her." I also have a problem with the premise that the kids are sneaking around and keeping a secret from their parents. These are not good role models for kids. What can't we have some true heroes who stand up for integrity and are respectful in these kinds of kids books?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

The Middle Ages fascinate kids, but this is one flying tree house adventure with a ho-hum plot that never really gets off the ground. Jack does his usual observing, and Annie her characteristic disappearing act, but witnessing the Middle Ages from doorways and through windows is not enough.

Still, kids will find a dash of humor to enjoy, such as eating peacocks, the silly names of the three guardsmen -- Squinty, Mustache, and Red (who ask them if they are "Spies? Foreigners? Egyptians? Romans? [or] Persians?") -- not to mention the moment when the two central characters discover the meaning of precipice and tumble into a moat.

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