Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Midnight on the Moon Magic Tree House Book #8 published by Random House is by Mary Pope Osborne. It is the eighth book in the popular Magic Tree House Books series. Children love to read about Jack and Annie’s exploits.
Jack is eight-years-old. Annie is seven-years-old. Jack lives in a world of facts. He carries a notebook and book in his backpack to record and read facts. Annie is more in tune with the world’s beauty and wonder.
In Midnight on the Moon Magic Tree House Book #8 there is a spell on Morgan le Fay. Morgan is a librarian from Camelot. She gave the siblings the magic tree house. Jack and Annie have to find the final item of four to end the nasty spell. The Frog Creek Kids, with Peanut (a mouse), travel to the moon.
The magic tree house lands in a space motel. The Frog Creek Kids are curious about the building and the surrounding area. There is no one there to answer their many questions. Jack removes his moon book from his backpack. The book plus the motel’s maps and posters answers some of their questions.
Readers of the early chapter book series learn of the lack of gravity and oxygen on the moon. They learn one day on the moon equals fourteen Earth days. Midnight on the Moon Magic Tree House Book #8 has more fun facts about the moon.
Jack and Annie help each other to don space suits. They explore the moon. The moon is a colorless, barren place. There are gray rocks and craters. Dust is everywhere, but there is no breeze, so the dust remains where it lay. Jack and Annie find a moon buggy. The pair goes on a wild ride on the moon surface. Jack and Annie view the American flag left by the astronauts during their moon exploration. Best of all, the children find the final item needed to break the spell on their friend.
Midnight on the Moon Magic Tree House Book #8 has plenty of action to keep children’s interest. The chapters are short. The text is bold and easy to read. The sketches give the young reader visual clues to each chapter’s text. This Magic Tree House book is on par with the other books in the series.
The early chapter book is for children four to eight-years-old. Mary Pope Osborne expands children’s knowledge of the world. Many young people are unaware man has walked on the moon. They might believe it is an untruth. Watch a rocket or shuttle launch with them. Share information about the space capsules and moon rocks in the Smithsonian or in the local area. Start a discussion on their views on space travel.
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Note: Midnight on the Moon by Mary Pope Osborne is from the library. Random House publishes Magic Tree House Book #8. Enjoy the Magic Tree House Books!