The Kidliterati Ten is an interview series with young readers. We ask them about a favorite book and hope that you enjoy their answers.
"An adventure that will shake you up! That's what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to California in 1906. As soon as they arrive, the famous San Francisco earthquake hits the city. Can Jack and Annie find the final writing that they need to help Morgan save Camelot? Or will San Francisco be destroyed first?"
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Tell us a little about yourself: what is your first name, how old are you, and what is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Nicholas. 7. I don't like ice cream; I only like soft-serve and then I only like chocolate.
What book did you read and why did you choose it?
Earthquake in the Early Morning. It's part of a group of lots of books called Magic Tree House and our teacher read us lots of them to us at school, but when summer started I read some just for fun and I only read Earthquake in the Early Morning because it was next on the list but it's my favorite so far.
Can you describe this book in one word?
Fun… but scary… Okay, here's the word: DANGEROUS!
What was your favorite part of this story?
When Annie was trapped in a hole from the earthquake and Jack had to help her out with bricks from chimneys, even though it was dusty and he couldn't see her and he thought she'd be trapped forever.
If you had a problem similar to the main character's problem, what would you do?
I would have saved some of the books that were burned in the fire. The librarian wouldn't put them in a safe place even though the kids warned him the books would be burned. In real life they burned and I would stop that from happening.
What would you say to your best friend to convince them to read this book?
"You have to read the other Magic Tree House books (which is a lot of work) but when you get to this one you'll like how exciting it is"
What do you think about the book's cover?
It made me a little scared because of the big gap from the earthquake between Annie and Jack.
Would you want to read another book about these characters? Why or why not?
Yes! I'm still reading the rest of the Magic Tree House books because I like Annie and Jack even though they are crazy together, sometimes.
Can you name another book that reminds you of this one?
Twister on Tuesday. It's the book right before Earthquake in the Early Morning.
If you could ask the author one question about this book, what would it be?
"Will you make it into a show to watch on Netflix?"
The author of Earthquake in the Early Morning (and all the Magic Tree House books) actually answered a similar question in an interview with the New York Public Library.
Mary Pope Osborne: "I don't want any [Magic Tree House] movies to be made. I want kids to have these adventures in their imaginations. This, I believe, is best accomplished by reading a book."
That makes sense! Though it's always fun to see great books turned into great movies.
Thank you, Nicholas, for sharing Earthquake in the Early Morning with The Kidliterati!