Illustrator: Sal Murdocca is the artist who has illustrated all of the books in the Magic Tree House series, as well as all of the companion nonfiction Magic Tree House Fact Tracker books.
The Story: In Dinosaurs Before Dark readers meet brother and sister Jack and Annie, share their surprise at finding a magic tree house with lots of magical books in it in the wooded area by their Pennsylvania home, and experience the first of the siblings many magic tree house time-travel adventures, this one to the era of dinosaurs. For kids who want to know more after reading the book, there is an illustrated companion nonfiction Magic Tree House Fact Tracker book titled Dinosaurs, filled with interesting facts.
What's Special: Prior to this edition, print editions of Dinosaurs Before Dark (and all of the other MTH books up until book #29) have only been available paperback and library binding. The 20th Anniversary Edition is a hardbound edition with a dust jacket. The illustrations in the book are in color, unlike the original edition. There are 12 pages of new material, which includes a letter from author Mary Pope Osborne, additional dinosaur information, a biography of the illustrator, Sal Murdocca, the history of the Magic Tree House and more.
Copyright: Original paperback edition, 1992; anniversary edition, 2012
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: Random House
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