Young Bill Young is really behind the times. And really unhip. My sister and brother-in-law bought my grandnephew,Tyler, a four-volume set of the first four books in The Magic Tree House series. Tyler says other kids in his class are reading the book. And I’m, like, “so this is the hot, new series for kids just getting into chapter books.”
Not so. Turns out, Mary Pope Osborne wrote the first Magic Tree House book way back in 1992, which, of course, is ancient history to today’s seven-year-olds. The series has been delighting young readers for almost two decades.
The great thing about the books, is that they promote the adventure of reading. The magic tree house is filled with books that take Jack and Annie on adventures around the world and across time. Crack open one of the books and you’re off to wondrous new places.
Tyler definitely gives them a thumbs up. A couple of weekends ago, the family was trying to get out the door to dinner. Tyler said, “Just let me finish this page!” This was agravating, because we were cutting it close to make our 6:30 p.m. reservation. And it was priceless, because he was so into the story, he didn’t want to stop reading. Looks like The Magic Tree House‘s mission has been accomplished with the young boy in our family.
Have the young people in your family discovered The Magic Tree House? If so, let me know what they thought about the books, and tell me if they made a difference in the child’s enthusiasm for reading.
By the way, The Magic Tree House website looks almost as fun as the books!