Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House Book #5)

Have you ever met a real live ninja?

Jack and Annie do when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to ancient Japan, where they find themselves in the cave of a ninja master. Will they learn the secrets of the ninja? Or will the evil samurai warriors get them first?

My thoughts:
At the end of book four the children discover that they tree house belongs to Morgan Le Fey.  Starting with this book each book starts with a prologue so that new readers or readers who have missed a book or two can catch up on where Jack and Annie have been and how far along they are to solving different mysteries and riddles.  My children always want to skip the prologue, but we usually read it anyway just as a refresher of the storyline.

When the children get to the tree house at the start of the book they find a little mouse that Annie names Peanut.  They also find a note saying that Morgan is under a spell and they need to save her.  A book is open to a page and that is their first destination in the four adventures to free Morgan.  In old Japan they meet ninjas, a ninja master and see samurai warriors.  The item they get from the master is an object that starts with an "M".  Starting with this book as well, the children are unable to find the Frog Creek book and leave the place where they are until they have completed their mission.

While someone will help the children in each of the books, instead of it being Morgan in a disguise it will be someone else.  Jack and Annie are starting to grow and change,  Jack still records facts in his journal about their adventures and Annie still seems to be able to communicate better with the animals and understand what they are thinking and feeling.  For some reason this has never been one of my favorite Magic Tree House books, I can't put my finger on why it just never has been.

Product Details
•Pub. Date: March 1995

•Publisher: Random House Children's Books
•Format: Paperback , 80pp
•Age Range: 6 to 8
•Series: Magic Tree House Series #5
•ISBN-13: 9780679863717
•ISBN: 0679863710

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