Magic Tree House Deluxe Holiday Edition: Christmas in Camelot
Magic Tree House Deluxe Holiday Edition: Christmas in Camelot
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Annotation: On Christmas Eve, Jack and Annie's tree house transports them to King Arthur's castle at Camelot, where they undertake a quest to the castle of the Otherworld.
Catalog Number: #567350
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Caparo, Antonio Javier,
Pages: 128 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-9848951-9-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-9848951-9-6
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Although not a numbered volume in the Magic Tree House series, this adventure features young Annie and Jack on a return trip to Camelot. There they journey into the Otherworld to save Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad, and Sir Percival and to lift Mordred's evil spell from the kingdom. Osborne introduces young readers to two of the most venerable conventions of fantasy: a rhyming riddle that must be solved and magical objects (whose legendary origins are described in a fine author's note) that help the children complete their quest. Despite a series of trials, the children's triumph seems to come easily. The print is fairly large, the text lively, and appealing illustrations appear every few pages. This is longer than the early Magic Tree House books, but children who have read the entire series are probably ready for somewhat longer chapter books by now.
Horn Book
When the magic tree house takes them to Camelot, Jack and Annie find a downtrodden King Arthur and a joyless court. In an attempt to save the realm, the two children accept a quest to journey to the Otherworld to find the Water of Memory and Imagination. Fans of the series will not be disappointed with this story, which is illustrated with black-and-white artwork and filled with magic and adventure.
Kirkus Reviews
Anyone who hasn't yet heard of the Magic Tree House has evidently spent the last several years on another planet (at Midnight on the Moon , perhaps?). Judging from this latest series entry (the first in trade hardcover), the popularity of these transitional chapter books is richly deserved. Jack and Annie, the brother-and-sister pair from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, here take their 25th magical journey in Morgan le Fay's magic tree house. This time, however, instead of traveling to actual places and times in history, they find themselves at Christmas in Camelot—a Camelot sadly transformed from a place of celebration and laughter to one from which joy has been robbed and magic banished. Their quest is to travel to the Otherworld to bring back the Water of Memory and Imagination in order to restore Camelot to its former glory. While the launching of the quest is rather labored—Mordred's involvement in Camelot's plight is explained quickly and not altogether satisfactorily—once Jack and Annie get going, the story moves along at a good clip, full of magical talismans, rhyming clues, Otherworldly foes, and a happy ending. If the kids accomplish their tasks rather easily—well, this is a book for younger readers, and it makes a terrific introduction to the more complex fantasies to come. Osborne ( Kate and the Beanstalk , 2000, etc.) never dumbs down the language for her young readers, instead introducing a rich vocabulary while seamlessly providing contextual clues for decoding: "Miraculously, the silver cup still brimmed with water from the cauldron. Not a drop had spilled out." Black-and-white spot illustrations are scattered throughout, although frequently a page turn is required before the reader sees the scene being described—a minor design quibble. An almost entirely pleasing offering; if Osborne and her publisher can produce another 25 of this quality, chapter-book readers will truly have been well served. (author's note) (Fiction. 6-9)
Publishers Weekly
With a dose of seasonal enchantment, the latest Magic Tree House installment takes readers not to a historical era, but to the legendary Round Table in Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne, illus. by Sal Murdocca. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2&11;4&12; Fans of the popular series will revel in this adventure that sends Jack and Annie back to the court of King Arthur at a very subdued holiday feast, where they eagerly accept a quest to protect the kingdom from an evil spell, proving once again that children can save the day.
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Word Count: 11,153
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: 2-5
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 58025 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N
Sunlight had faded from the late-afternoon sky. Puffy snow clouds were moving in.
"Let's hurry. I'm cold," said Jack.
He and Annie were walking home from school. Their Christmas vacation was just beginning.
"Wait," said Annie. "Look."
She pointed to a white bird sitting on a bare tree branch at the edge of the woods. The bird was staring straight at them.
"It's a dove," said Jack.
"It's a messenger," said Annie, "from Morgan."
"No," Jack said, afraid to get his hopes up. They hadn't seen Morgan le Fay in a long time. He really missed her.
"Yes," said Annie. "She has a mission for us. I can feel it."
In the hush of the cold twilight, the dove spread its wings and flew into the Frog Creek woods.
"Come on!" said Annie. "The tree house is back!"
"You're just hoping!" said Jack.
"I'm knowing!" said Annie. She ran into the woods, following the white dove.
"Oh, brother," said Jack. But he took off after Annie.
Even in the growing darkness, they easily found their way. They zigzagged between the bare trees and ran over the frozen ground until they came to the tallest oak in the woods.
"See?" said Annie, pointing to the top of the tree.
"Yeah," whispered Jack.
There it was: the magic tree house.
"Morgan!" shouted Annie.
Jack held his breath, waiting to see the enchantress at the tree house window. But Morgan did not appear.
Annie grabbed the rope ladder and started up. Jack followed.
When they climbed inside the tree house, Jack saw something lying on the floor. It was a scroll, rolled up and tied with a red velvet ribbon.
Jack picked up the scroll and unrolled it. The thick, yellowed paper shimmered with large gold writing.
"Wow, Morgan sent us a really fancy note," said Annie.
"It's an invitation," said Jack. "Listen."
Dear Jack and Annie,
Please accept this Royal Invitation to spend Christmas in the Kingdom of Camelot.
"Christmas in Camelot!" said Annie. "I don't believe it!"
"Cool," whispered Jack. He pictured a beautiful, glowing castle lit with candles and filled with knights and ladies feasting and singing.
"We're going to celebrate Christmas with Morgan and King Arthur!" said Annie. "And Queen Guinevere!"
"Yeah," said Jack. "And the Knights of the Round Table, like Sir Lancelot!"
"Let's go!" said Annie. "Where's the book?"
She and Jack looked around the tree house for a book about Camelot. The only book they saw was the Pennsylvania book that always brought them home.
"That's strange," said Jack. "Morgan didn't send a book about Camelot with the Royal Invitation. How does she expect us to get there?"
"I don't know," said Annie. "Maybe she forgot."
Jack picked up the invitation. He read it again. He turned it over, hoping to find more information. The back of the scroll was blank. He handed the invitation to Annie.
"She must have forgotten," he said.
"Darn," said Annie, staring at the gold writing. "I really wish we could go to Camelot."
The tree branches rustled.
The wind began to blow.
"What's happening?" said Jack.
"I don't know--" said Annie.
"Wait a minute," said Jack. "You were holding the invitation, and you made a wish. . . ."
The wind blew harder.
"That must have made the magic work!" cried Annie.
Jack felt a surge of joy.
"We're going to Camelot!" he said.
The tree house started to spin.
It spun faster and faster.
Then everything was still.
Absolutely still.

Excerpted from Magic Tree House Deluxe Holiday Edition: Christmas in Camelot by Mary Pope Osborne
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Christmas has never been more magical! Travel to Camelot with Jack, Annie and The Magic Tree House in this holiday fantasy adventure! Now in a super-giftable deluxe edition with color illustrations!

When Jack and Annie receive an invitation to spend Christmas Eve in Camelot--a magical place that exists only in myth and fantasy--they know they are in for their biggest adventure yet. What they don't know is that the invitation will send them on a quest to save Camelot. Can they succeed even though Camelot's greatest knights have failed?

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