Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was wondering when to begin chapter books with my six-year-old, which is really to say I was wondering how to start him on the path toward our shared trip to Hogwarts that I’ve fantasized about since he was chewing on Sandra Boynton board books. He took the matter in his own hands by asking to read ‘Jack and Annie books.’ A quick Google search helped me order our first set of Magic Tree House books (#1-4) and we sped through the first one in two days. My son was enthralled with the story and tried to read ahead while I was busy making dinner. This series is exactly what I wanted to help move us into more complicated and exciting narratives that will keep him engaged and eager to improve his reading skills. Thank you, Mary Pope Osborne, from your two newest fans.

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