Saturday, November 7, 2015

Review: The Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House #2) by Mary Pope Osborne


SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:
Peacocks for dinner and boys in skirts?
That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the Middle Ages for another wild adventure. In the Great Gall of the castle, a feast is under way. But Jack and Annie aren't exactly welcome guests!

MY TAKE:
The first book left me intrigued, so I came back for more.

In The Knight at Dawn, Jack and Annie return to the Magic Tree House, and this time, they're whisked off into the Middle Ages.

While I didn't like this book as much as the first one, I still thought it was okay. Annie was impulsive, as usual, and Jack was the more level-headed one. The action was a little rushed for me, although I guess that can't be helped given the length of the book and its target audience.

I wasn't quite sure what to make of the ending and the knight's role, though. He was friendly, for sure, but the way he came and went seemed way too strangely convenient. If he's not the mysterious owner of the tree house, then he is too underused in the book.

THE GOOD:

  1. It introduces kids to what goes on in a medieval castle.
  2. There were some exciting moments here.
  3. It could be building up to something rather exciting.

THE BAD:

  1.  The knight's presence felt a bit strange at the end.

READ IT IF:

  1. You find the idea of travelling through time interesting.
  2. Your child finds the medieval ages fascinating.
  3. You liked the first book in the series. 

RATING:
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