Carnival at Candlelight: Magic Tree House #33
Mary Pope Osborne
Random House, 2006 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
'm always happy to review a new book in the
Magic Tree House
series that gave my son such reading pleasure when he was younger.
Carnival at Candlelight
is the fifth of the
, the first four of which took Jack and Annie to mythical lands. Mary Pope Osborne tells us that in subsequent
the siblings '
will have fantasy adventures in real places in real times.
his one takes them to one of my own favorite destinations - Venice, Italy! Teddy and Kathleen show up at the treehouse with 10
for their friends to use in their next four journeys. It's a test. If they use them wisely, Jack and Annie will be taught to make magic on their own. They go back in time to a Venice of 260 years ago, with Merlin's instructions to save '
the Grand Lady of the Lagoon
' from disaster.
hen a costumed Jack and Annie arrive, it's Carnival in Venice and they're caught up in the celebrations. They sneak into the Doge's palace, escape from a rat-filled prison cell, meet a young painter, climb a watchtower, and ride a winged lion to beg a boon from the
Ruler of the Seas
. As always, Jack's planning and Annie's daring blend into a winning combination, and disaster is averted.
he book ends with
Facts about Venice
Author's Research Note
, a flying-lion window cling, and a preview of the next adventure,
Season of the Sandstorms
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