Magic Tree House: The Graphic Novel; Dinosaurs Before Dark

Random. May 2021. 176p. adapted by adapt. by Jenny Laird. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780593174715.
Gr 1-3–This inventive graphic novel adaptation of the beloved chapter book series retells the story of siblings Jack and Annie discovering an enchanted tree house in the woods of Frog Creek, PA. Transported back in time, the pair encounter majestic dinosaurs in their original habitat. Jack and Annie are in for an unexpected visitor as a Tyrannosaurus rex approaches the nest of baby Anatosauruses they uncover. Not only will they have to evade history’s most notorious dinosaur, but they will also have to figure out how to safely return home before bedtime. The story seamlessly translates into comics format, heightening the suspense for young readers. The pacing is effective, with more images and less text than in the original, which works well for emergent readers. The artwork has a distinctly digital quality, giving the tale an animated feel that children will appreciate. Jack and Annie are both white.
VERDICT This fresh take on “The Magic Tree House” brings the adventures to life for those who enjoyed the classic series and newcomers alike.

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