Reviews for Dinosaurs Before Dark


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
This time-travel fantasy begins in a mysterious treehouse filled with stacks of books. When Jack wishes to see a real Pteranodon after looking at a picture of one, he and his sister travel through time to the prehistoric past. Though formulaic, dialogue, plot, and illustrations will appeal to young readers. This edition features color illustrations and new appended material. ",,"Younger Fiction",,,,,,,,,,,102088,,,,

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Kirkus Reviews 1992 August
In classic E. Nesbit tradition, Jack's wishes go awry while he and his sister Annie, seven, are time traveling. Reluctantly followed by her eight-year-old brother, Annie enters a mysterious treehouse full of books. Examining a dinosaur book, Jack blurts, ``I wish I could see a pteranodon for real''--whereupon one flies in, with a rushing wind. Like Dorothy and Toto, they're blown to a land of adventure: the treehouse takes them to the Cretaceous Period, where they meet a triceratops and a duck-billed dinosaur and find a gold medallion engraved ``M.'' Elation gives way to terror when a tyrannosaur shows up; Annie escapes, but Jack is cut off while retrieving his pack and the book. Just in time, the pteranodon flies him back to the treehouse, and a hasty wish spins them safely home, to ponder several questions: Whose treehouse? Why all the books? Who is ``M''? In the ``First Stepping Stone'' series, this initial ``Magic Tree House'' book is a fast-paced tale offering both mystery and dinosaurs--powerful enticements for newly independent readers. Illustrations not seen. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9) Copyright 1999 Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1992 September
Gr 1-3-- This enjoyable time-travel fantasy is a successful beginning chapter book. Jack and his younger sister find a tree house filled with books. When he wishes he could really see the Pteranodon pictured in one of them, it appears at the window. The children have been transported back to the Cretaceous period. They begin to explore and are soon threatened by a Tyrannosaurus. The Pteranodon comes to their rescue, and they figure out enough about the magic that carried them back in time to be able to use it to return home. There is plenty of suspense and magic here, and enough dinosaur information to please science buffs. Characterization is sketchy and older children will find the plot predictable, but readers just past the easy-to-read stage will find it satisfying. It should attract those who devour Ruth Chew's books. --Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 1992 Cahners Business Information.

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