Thursday, December 18, 2014

Case Study No. 1747: Jack and Annie (Wannabe Librarians)

The Magic Tree House - Passport to Adventure
Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, is inviting you to go on a Passport to Adventure with Jack and Annie. You can find adventure everywhere--from books to your own backyard. Make sure to get your own Magic Tree House Passport at and pick up the newest book, Games and Puzzles from the Tree House.
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[scene opens with author Mary Pope Osborne speaking directly to the camera]
MARY: Hello, Magic Tree House readers. I'm Mary Pope Osborne, author of the Magic Tree House series, and I'm inviting you to take an exciting adventure with Jack and Annie. You don't have to look far to find it. Believe it or not, it's in your own backyard ... I love to pack my bags and fly to faraway places, but my favorite place to find adventures is close to home. I love to explore the woods near our house, and study the plants and insects in the garden.
[cut to various photographs of Mary]
MARY: [in voice over] I love to venture beyond our yard, into our community, and have meals at Italian, Mexican, or Thai restaurants.
[cut to footage or a book signing at a public library]
MARY: [in voice over] I love to go to the library, and wander among the shelves full of books. Looking at titles, trying to choose which worlds to visit in my imagination.
[cut to more photographs of Mary]
MARY: [in voice over] I love to spend time with my family and friends, and our three dogs. And go to the theater and watch live plays and musical concerts, and visit art museums and take walks along the river, and swim in the town lake.
[cut back to Mary speaking directly to the camera]
MARY: If I stay alert and curious, I can find adventure wherever I go. You can, too, and your new Magic Tree House passports will help you keep track what you do and see in your own community.
[cut to various graphics from the "Magic Tree House Passport to Adventure" pamphlet]
MARY: [in voice over] Or even in your own backyard. Plus, with the new Travel Pals, you can pose for photos with Jack and Annie wherever you go, and share the pictures with friends and family.
[cut back to Mary speaking directly to the camera, as she holds up a paper cut-out of Jack and Annie]
MARY: Remember, our lives are filled with magic and adventure ...
[cut back to more footage of children in the library at Mary's book signing]
MARY: [in voice over] Whether it's in a book, on the road, or in your own backyard.
[cut back to Mary speaking directly to the camera]
MARY: We just have to pay attention ... May you discover wondrous places, and have your own many exciting adventures. Safe travels, and happy reading!
["Join the adventure! MagicTreeHouse Dot Com" appears on screen]



The Magic Tree House series is an award-winning series of children's books written by American author Mary Pope Osborne.

In the first series, consisting of the first 28 books, Morgan le Fay sends Jack and Annie, two normal children from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, on numerous adventures and missions with a magical tree house in order to help free Morgan from a spell, solve four ancient riddles to become Master Librarians, and save four ancient stories from being lost forever. After the twenty-eighth chapter book, Mary Pope Osborne started a second series called the Magic Tree House "Merlin Missions". In these missions, Jack and Annie have quests from the ancient wizard Merlin the Magician. These books are longer than the previous 28, and some take place in fantasy realms like Camelot. Kathleen and Teddy are two apprentices who befriend Jack and Annie during their adventures, with one of these adventures being to free Teddy from a spell. The two occasionally join Jack and Annie and when they don't, provide them support instead.

All together, there are 49 fiction books named. In addition, a number of Magic Tree House Research Guides (nonfiction companions to the series) have been written by the author, her husband Will and her sister Natalie Pope Boyce.

These books contain more information about the historical places and events which Jack and Annie visit in the Magic Tree House Series. Right now, twenty one have been released. One more is listed as a future book, so a total of twenty-two are named.

The series is translated into Japanese up to Book #39, and sold over 2 million copies as of March 2008. The Japanese version has anime-like illustrations.

A musical was written by Randy Courts and Will Osborne (Mary's husband). It toured to 55 cities in the 2008-2009 season.

An animated film from Media Factory was released in Japan on January 7, 2012.

Magic Tree House Volumes
1. Dinosaurs Before Dark (UK Title: Valley of the Dinosaurs)
July 28, 1992
The Mystery of the Tree House #1
Jack and Annie discover the tree house and, using the magical books there, they travel back to the Late Cretaceous period (65 million years ago) where they meet a Pteranodon that saves them from a T-rex. Jack finds a gold medallion with the letter "M" on it.

2. The Knight at Dawn (UK title: Castle of Mystery)
February 16, 1993
The Mystery of the Tree House #2
In England during the Middle Ages, Jack and Annie explore a castle and meet a brave knight.

3. Mummies in the Morning (UK title: Secret of the Pyramid)
August 24, 1993
The Mystery of the Tree House #3
In Ancient Egypt, Jack and Annie help Queen Hutepi find her missing Book of the Dead.

4. Pirates Past Noon (UK title: Pirates' Treasure!)
March 8, 1994
The Mystery of the Tree House #4
Jack and Annie encounter some pirates in the Caribbean Sea and meet Morgan le Fay, who turns out to be the mysterious "M".

5. Night of the Ninjas
March 21, 1995
The Mystery of the Magic Spell #1
Morgan le Fay is under a spell. Jack and Annie must find four magical objects to reverse the spell, with the help of a mouse named Peanut. In ancient Japan, Jack and Annie encounter ninjas and samurai and get a moonstone.

6. Afternoon on the Amazon (UK title: Adventure on the Amazon)
August 29, 1995
The Mystery of the Magic Spell #2
Jack and Annie search the Amazon rainforest for a second magical object for Morgan le Fay, which turns out to be a mango.

7. Sunset of the Sabertooth (UK title: Mammoth to the Rescue)
April 14, 1996
The Mystery of the Magic Spell #3
In the last Ice Age, Jack and Annie encounter Cro-Magnons, wooly mammoths, and a saber-toothed cat while looking for the third object to help Morgan - a mammoth bone flute.

8. Midnight on the Moon (UK title: Moon Mission)
October 29, 1996
The Mystery of the Magic Spell #4
Thirty-five years into their future (2031), Jack and Annie travel to the moon to look for the fourth object needed to help Morgan le Fay. Is it a star map? The moon itself? Or a mouse?

9. Dolphins at Daybreak (UK title: Diving with Dolphins)
April 29, 1997
The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #1
Set in the Pacific Ocean with bottlenose dolphins.

10. Ghost Town at Sundown (UK title: A Wild West Ride)
September 16, 1997
The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #2
Set in the American Wild West, where Jack and Annie meet a cowboy named Slim.

11. Lions at Lunchtime (UK title: Lions on the Loose)
January 12, 1998
The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #3
Jack and Annie are on a mission on the African Savannah.

12. Polar Bears Past Bedtime (UK title: Icy Escape)
January 12, 1998
The Mystery of the Ancient Riddles #4
Set in the North Pole, Jack and Annie meet an Inuit.

13. Vacation Under The Volcano (UK title: Racing with Gladiators)
March 24, 1998
The Mystery of the Lost Stories #1 Jack and Annie travel to Pompeii on the eve of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.

14. Day of the Dragon King (UK title: Palace of the Dragon King)
April 20, 1998
The Mystery of the Lost Stories #2
Jack and Annie travel to China as it was 2,000 years in their past. The Dragon King is also known as Emperor Qin.

15. Viking Ships at Sunrise (UK title: Voyage of the Vikings)
August 11, 1998
The Mystery of the Lost Stories #3
In medieval Ireland, Jack and Annie encounter Vikings.

16. Hour of the Olympics (UK title: Olympic Challenge!)
October 20, 1998
The Mystery of the Lost Stories #4
Jack and Annie travel to Ancient Greece and see the first Olympic games.

17. Tonight on the Titanic
March 23, 1999
The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #1
Jack and Annie travel back to 1912 and are on the RMS Titanic during her fateful voyage. In this arc the two are assisted by a dog named Teddy that they must find gifts to free.

18. Buffalo Before Breakfast
May 18, 1999
The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #2
In the American Old West, Jack and Annie encounter a Lakota boy on the Great Plains.

19. Tigers at Twilight
August 17, 1999
The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #3
Jack and Annie explore the Indian jungles of the past.

20. Dingoes at Dinnertime
March 14, 2000
The Mystery of the Enchanted Dog #4
Set in ancient Australia. Jack and Annie receive the final gift and return home where Morgan removes the spell on the dog who is revealed to be a boy named Teddy who is a young magician who trapped himself under a spell. This story introduces the character of Teddy who becomes a friend and ally to Jack and Annie over later stories.

21. Civil War on Sunday
May 23, 2000
Morgan's Library #1
In the American Civil War, Jack and Annie encounter Clara Barton.

22. Revolutionary War on Wednesday
September 26, 2000
Morgan's Library #2
Jack and Annie cross the Delaware river with George Washington.

23. Twister on Tuesday
March 27, 2001
Morgan's Library #3
In the 1870s, Jack and Annie encounter pioneer settlement of the Midwestern prairie. They have to save a teacher and some kids before they are hit by a tornado.

24. Earthquake in the Early Morning
July 24, 2001
Morgan's Library #4
In 1906, Jack and Annie experience the San Francisco earthquake. The two are able to use what they find to inspire King Arthur to battle Mordred, although in a later book its shown that he wins without dying in these stories.

25. Stage Fright on a Summer Night
March 12, 2002
Type of Magic #1
In Elizabethan England, Jack and Annie meet William Shakespeare.

26. Good Morning Gorillas
July 23, 2002
Type of Magic #2
In the Congo rain forest, Jack and Annie encounter gorillas.

27. Thanksgiving on Thursday
September 24, 2002
Type of Magic #3
In Plymouth in 1621, Jack and Annie share the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians.

28. High Tide in Hawaii
March 25, 2003
Type of Magic #4
Jack and Annie travel to the Hawaii of the past and almost get caught in a tsunami. They also make two friends who share an adventure with them.

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