Fiction Friday: Magic Tree House #43 Leprechaun in Late Winter

by A Frugal Friend on February 17, 2012

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The past couple of years I’ve heard many parents refer to the Magic Tree House books. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. These books obviously weren’t around when I was a kid, but since so many of my friends talking about the books were teachers, I knew this was something I’d want to look into when my daughter grew up.

Thanks to Random House, I recently got the opportunity to review one of the latest in the Magic Tree House book series…….and I jumped at the chance. I wanted to see exactly what everyone was talking about.

Magic Tree House #43: Leprechaun in Late Winter arrived on my doorstep and immediately I was excited. Yes, I’m a grown woman, but I do love kids books.

I first set out to learn about the Magic Tree House books:

The first Magic Tree House book was published in 1992, introducing the world to Jack and Annie, a brother and sister who discover a magical tree house filled with books. In Dinosaurs Before Dark, the tree house takes them on their first journey—an adventure in prehistoric times. Since then, the magic tree house has whisked Jack and Annie—and lucky readers!—on many more adventures through time to different places around the world. They have even gone to mythical places not found in this world! With the help of their friends from the kingdom of Camelot, Jack and Annie use research books, riddles, codes, and courage to solve problems, complete missions, and help those in need.

Geared towards children ages 7 and up, I can see why these books are New York Times bestsellers.

I fell in love with Jack and Annie, modern day kids who completely transform themselves when they arrive in Ireland (1862). Their mission is to find a girl named Augusta, who needs to share her creativity with the world. Only, they don’t know exactly who she is or where she’ll be. They are given one tool, a whistle that they can use one time only in an emergency.

With Irish fairies and leprechauns, this is a timely book for St. Patrick’s Day.  The story is creative, has historical characters in it, and is absolutely delightful.  I wish I was Annie…….oh, how I’d love to travel through time to meet historical figures.

In addition to the story, you’ll also find some historical facts in the back of the book, as well as a real description of the real-life person depicted in the story. In this case, “Augusta” the girl they were searching for, was really Lady Gregory (aka Isabella Augusta Persse)….an amazing storyteller. You’ll also find fun activities, games, and even stickers!

I’m a instant fan! I think I’ll go ahead and start collecting the Magic Tree House books!

Have your children/grandchildren read the Magic Tree House Books?

BUY IT: Paperback is $4.99 on Amazon and Eligible for the Buy 3, Get 1 Free Promotion!! They also have boxed sets too!

(Complimentary book was provided for review. All opinions are the honest statements of the author. This post contains an affiliate link.)

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1 Beth @ TheAngelForever February 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

The summer before NHL went to kindergarten he fell in love with this series. We would read a few chapters together before bed. Long before the winter, we had caught up to where the series was. Need to see, but I think there may be 2-3 news books that he has not read now. Also need to think about starting them with the little guy soon.

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