Merlin the magician has come up with another mission for Annie and Jack to go on. This time, it’s to New Orleans, Louisiana to go find the young Louis Armstrong and convince him that he has to share his wonderful talent with the world. They need to help him stay on track so he will eventually be the well-known Jazz trumpet player that he’s to become. But when they find young Louie, he’s hard at work doing various small jobs to help his family financially. He would love to play his music, but he knows he has to have some way of making money so he can help his family with expenses. Do Annie and Jack succeed at Merlin’s quest to have Louis Armstrong play his music at the right time in order for the world to finally make him famous?
This was the very first Magic Tree House book that I’ve reviewed and I have to say that I enjoyed how the author presented it to her young readers. I loved how she picked Louis Armstrong for this particular book and wove into the storyline how Annie and Jack had found out just how haunted Louisiana really was while they were first trying to find Louis and even when they traveled around with him helping him with his various jobs. Overall, I really liked this story and think your children will enjoy it too. The publisher has listed this book for ages 6 and up and grades 1 and up.
Jack and Annie are on their second mission to find—and inspire—artists to bring happiness to millions. After traveling to New Orleans, Jack and Annie come head to head with some real ghosts, as well as discover the world of jazz when they meet a young Louis Armstrong!