73 of 87 people found the following review helpful
poor writing, unimaginative stories,
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This review is from: Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon (Paperback)
I purchased the first set of books in this series for my 4 1/2 year old, and feel that I was misled by the many positive reviews. The stories do touch on topics that kids love, but they are not at all imaginative. Key devices are lifted from far superior fantasies (ex: the Narnia books) and what little scientific and historical fact they contain is often inaccurate. Worse, for books whose audience presumably includes many new readers, they are packed with grammatical errors! I often wonder why many of the older kids that I teach can't write a complete sentence. If this is their model, I need wonder no longer! While I admit that my son has enjoyed them, I sense that he will very soon outgrow the simplistic stories. So - sorry to the fans, but I just don't see it.