Monday with a Mad Genius (Magic Tree House, No. 38)
Mary Pope Osborne
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In Monday with a Mad Genius, travel with Jack and Annie to Italy in the Renaissance, a time when every new morning brought with it the promise of artistic and scientific wonder. There, they meet none other than Leonardo da Vinci! Now available in paperback with all-new backmatter full of activities.
said. “I have to get something.” She climbed into the cart and reached into Jack’s bag. When Annie turned back around, Jack gasped. He had forgotten all about the Wand of Dianthus. Annie held up the wand. “Close your eyes, Leonardo,” she said. Leonardo just shook his head. “Please?” said Annie. “Just for a second?” Leonardo put his head in his hands. “Listen,” said Annie. “This morning you said that a great artist has to combine observation with imagination.” Leonardo barely nodded.
roofs, over the great dome of the cathedral, and over the bell tower of the palace of the great council. “Florence looks so neat and orderly from up here!” Leonardo cried to Jack and Annie. “I wish I had my sketchbook!” The city did look orderly from the sky, thought Jack: the busy market with its rows of stalls and tents, the narrow lanes with the brightly colored clothes waving from clotheslines, the long covered bridge, the winding, sparkling river. Jack, Annie, and Leonardo soared
called Annie. “It’s a sign!” “You’re right!” said Jack. The last time they’d seen a seagull in Frog Creek, the magic tree house was waiting for them! “The woods!” said Annie. Jack and Annie bumped their bikes over the curb. The rain fell harder as they headed into the wet woods. Their bike tires bounced over the rough ground, crushing leaves and snapping twigs. “It must be time to look for another secret of happiness for Merlin!” Jack called. “I hope Merlin’s feeling better!” shouted Annie.
smile. He nodded. “Yes. Perhaps you could be my apprentices—just for today.” “Great!” said Annie. “What’s an apprentice?” asked Jack. “Apprentices help a master artist or skilled worker,” said Leonardo. “They work hard and study hard in hopes they’ll become masters themselves someday.” “Cool,” said Jack. “Come along, then!” said Leonardo. He started walking again. Jack and Annie hurried alongside him. They left the crowded market and started up a cobblestone street. “Do you children live in
Leonardo. “Now I have a new problem: Neither the plaster nor my oil paints have dried at all.” “Oh, no,” said Annie. “But today all will be well!” Leonardo said cheerfully. “I have a plan to speed up the drying process. This morning I will fix everything!” Leonardo led Jack and Annie into a square with a large building. “There it is,” he said. “The palace of the great council.” The palace looked like a fortress. It had rough-looking stone walls and a tower that rose high into the air. “The