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Magic Tree House Survival Guide

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Magic Tree House Survival Guide

The Magic Tree House series of books has been synonymous with high-flying, swashbuckling and cleverly titled adventures for as long as some of us can remember.  With over 100 main series adventures starring the two main characters, Jack and Annie, it was about time the kids who have read these books were invited into the action.  THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE SURVIVAL GUIDE is just the title to entice any little one to start learning basic wilderness survival skills.
 
This guide opens perfectly, with a charming letter “signed” by the series’ main characters, urging their young readers to learn some tips for surviving dangerous situations.  “Chances are you’ll never need them” is how Jack and Annie close their introduction, and for most of the book, that is not entirely true.  This book covers several serious and necessary skills, including building fires, constructing a shelter and what to do if lost.  After the more basic skill sets, it gets into some harsher situations, listing what can be done during various natural disasters or encounters with large dangerous animals.  Eventually, the book becomes more entertainment than useful tool, and includes sections on surviving a pirate encounter, dinosaur encounter, and (in case anyone needs it) a giant spider queen encounter.
 
THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE SURVIVAL GUIDE is just the title to entice any little one to start learning basic wilderness survival skills.
 
The writing is simple and easy to follow, chiming in occasionally with nostalgic references to previous titles in the main series, such as CHRISTMAS IN CAMELOT and DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK.  Coupled with old illustrations from those same titles on every page, everything about the book felt very familiar despite being more “how-to” than narrative.  The book is hardbound with a cute compass decorating the front cover to give anyone (and that includes this reviewer) the chance to practice using one.  Brightly colored pages, big print and clever but simple writing makes this an adorable addition to any child’s bookshelf.

Reviewed by Matthew Burbridge on September 23, 2014

Magic Tree House Survival Guide
by Mary Pope Osborne, Natalie Pope Boyce, and Sal Murdocca

  • Publication Date: September 23, 2014
  • Genres: Children's Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0553497375
  • ISBN-13: 9780553497373