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DS is 3, and is really into chapter books -- I think he feels very grown-up when we read them, and he loves getting his bookmark out and all of that -- it's very cute. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyway, I bought the first two Magic Tree House books (the Dinosaurs one and the Knights one), and they're pretty innocuous -- DS *loves* them. I do have to change a few words when I read them (like when Annie calls the guards "dummies," or when Jack is mad at Annie and says, "I could just kill her"), but mostly they were right on par with DS's comprehension, and he liked that there was a bit of excitement to the stories.<br><br>
Anyway, so I went out and bought the third book in the series, Mummies in the Morning, and it's kind of freaky! We started reading it, and Jack and Annie go to a pyramid, meet a ghost, and find her coffin with her mummified body inside. There's a pretty detailed description of the mummy, saying stuff like how the flesh had rotted from her eye sockets, etc.<br><br>
I skipped over that section, and DS insists that he likes the story, and hasn't had any trouble sleeping or anything, but I'm just wondering if I'm exposing him to these a little too early -- do you think 3 is too young for MTH books?
 

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Hello i am knew to these posts.<br>
my son is five and in kindergarten and we just began reading these books together. he tells me that they are a little scary--s we read them during the day. you may want to skim through the ones you want to buy first and see what the subject matter is. we read one about stage fright and it was silly
 

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I read them to my 5yo and 3.5yo with no issues. Although, the 3.5yo really isn't too interested in them, in terms of sitting still and listening to the story. The 5yo just started being interested in chapter books a few months ago around his birthday.
 

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They are aimed at 1st & 2nd graders.<br><br>
DD read them when she was 4. No problems. The Secrets of Droon was a bit too spooky for her at that age.<br><br>
Personally, I wasn't drawn to them so we didn't do them as read alouds. If they kids want to read them--- they have to read them to themselves <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> DD & DS *loved* playing Jack & Annie, though.
 

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I think it depends on the child. we began at 4.5 and it was no problem. At 3, my DS would have been able to comprehend a lot of them and would have enjoyed them, but was easily scared by . .. well . .. anything remotely spooky, so I would have had to have skipped over those parts. Now that he's older, it's not such an issue.<br><br>
My friend's son, on the other hand, has loved spooky, gory, and scary stuff since he was 2.5 or so and wasn't at all bothered.<br><br>
If your DC is ok and likes them, just read them. If s/he is a bit scared, i think your policy of skipping over some spooky parts is a good one.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think it depends on the child. we began at 4.5 and it was no problem. At 3, my DS would have been able to comprehend a lot of them and would have enjoyed them, but was easily scared by . .. well . .. anything remotely spooky, so I would have had to have skipped over those parts. Now that he's older, it's not such an issue.<br><br>
My friend's son, on the other hand, has loved spooky, gory, and scary stuff since he was 2.5 or so and wasn't at all bothered.<br><br>
If your DC is ok and likes them, just read them. If s/he is a bit scared, i think your policy of skipping over some spooky parts is a good one.</div>
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Really depends on your child. My dd was hyper-sensitive to anything even remotely scary and she did not like people being mean to each other. I could never have read her the MT books at 3. She loves them now at 7 even though they are well below her reading level. But I know other kids would have no problem whatsoever with the MT books at 3.<br><br>
FWIW I agree that <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Mummies in the Morning</span> was rather creepy. I don't recall anything too bad in <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Pirates Past Noon</span> or <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Night of the Ninjas</span>. We are reading <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Afternoon on the Amazon</span> now (we are reading them aloud starting with the first one even though dd has already read up to 23 or so on her own - her idea!) and I think that one is pretty creepy, especially if you don't like bugs.
 
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