Laugh-out-loud adventures in the wackiest treehouse EVER! The first in a highly illustrated series for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Barry Loser.
Andy Griffiths is Terry's best mate. He is also Australia's number
one children's author! His books, including his popular Treehouse
series, have been hugely successful internationally, winning awards
and becoming bestsellers in the UK and the USA as well as in his
homeland, Australia. The fourth Treehouse book, The 52-Storey
Treehouse, won the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the
Year prize, the first children's book to ever do so. Andy thrives
on having an audience: he has worked as a high-school teacher, been
the lead singer in a rock band and a stand-up comedian. He is a
passionate advocate for literacy, has two daughters and lives in
Terry Denton is Andy's best mate. He is also a bestselling and award-winning writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Among other things, he worked on the Horrible Science series for Scholastic UK. He lives by the beach with his wife and three kids.
The 13-Storey Treehouse won the Sainsburys Children's Book Award in 2015, the Lancashire Fantastic Book Award in 2016, as well as the 2016 Coventry Inspiration Award.
With its slapstick humour, brilliant absurdities and some bonus
puzzles to solve at the back of the book, The 13-Storey
Treehouse is the best 'tall story' you'll read this year! *
Lancashire Evening Post *
Longtime collaborators Griffiths and Denton (Killer Koalas from Outer Space) get metafictional in their latest book (first published in Australia), and the result is anarchic absurdity at its best... Denton's manic cartooning captures every twist and turn in hilarious detail, as babies are pelted with garbage, yapping dogs squashed, and monkeys catapulted into the distance. A sequel was published last year in Australia and can't arrive soon enough. -- Publishers Weekly * Publishers Weekly *
Full of crazy, funny pictures, which will make you laugh . . . Extremely enjoyable, very funny and easy to read! -- SophieStarlight * Guardian.com *
Especially good for reluctant readers as it is heavily illustrated and VERY funny . . . This really is the coolest treehouse ever! * Angels & Urchins *
Packed with cartoons and craziness * Sunday Express *
My son loved the cartoon images, the great imagination and has since brought the next book in the series. * Toppsta Reviewer *
This book is about friends Andy and a Terry that live in a really cool 13-storey treehouse, with cool things like a bowling alley, games room and secret lab. They invent things and write things; Andy does the writing and Terry does the pictures. I could read this book on my own without assistance. I read it pretty quickly as it was really interesting and funny, so I wanted to keep reading it. I liked there was chapters, so I could read to the end of the chapter and knew where I was picking up, and each chapter was a good length. I liked at the end of the book there were fun things to do; a word search, maze, spot the difference, a quiz and jokes. The black and white illustrations helped bring the book to life. Chapter 7 the monster mermaid, maybe be scary to some readers. The pictures of the monster aren't really scary, but what is written might scare some; talks about eating people, but goes into detail; ripping limbs, crushing heads etc, so a bit gruesome. One chapter has one word all the way through, which was silly but funny. The friends get up to some crazy things, an enjoyable book. * Toppsta Reviewer *
I thought that this book was funny because of the flying cats. This book had lots of animals in it. * Toppsta Reviewer *
My son absolutely adores this whole series of books. They are hilariously funny but so imaginative and creative. I've recommended them to so many people and haven't yet found a child who doesn't love them. This first book sets the scene with Andy and Terry - the characters and authors/illustrators - living in a treehouse with 13 stories who are meant to be writing a book but keep getting distracted by an endless stream of hilarious madness. * Toppsta Reviewer *
Having read The 78-Storey Treehouse and lived it we requested
this from the library.
My son loves these books and studies the illustrations which adorn every page.
He finds the stories very funny and likes that it has the same characters (the author and illustrator!!)
Definitely recommend this book - and we are now moving on to another in the series from the library!
My son: I like this book because of the funny pictures. One of
my favourite ones was of a man on the toilet flying using balloons.
It is funny how Terry will do anything not to write their book. I
think it is a great book.
Mum: My son has been reading this aloud to me. Whilst there are over two hundred pages to this book, a lot of it is taken up with humorous black and white illustrations. It is quite a wacky sort of book, with an off beat sense of humour (sea monsters disguised as mermaids, catnaries (cross between a cat and a canary), self portrait of finger labelled with moose, finger prince, singing flea.... etc.) which definitely appeals to my seven year old. We bought this as part of a set from Book People. So thankfully it has been a hit so far.
I bought this book (the first in a series) on the basis of many
positive reviews. Having now read it, I know my decision is
vindicated. It's funny, hugely imaginative and has LOTS of
pictures. What child would not want a treehouse with see-through
swimming pool, lemonade fountain, games room, bowling alley and
marshmallow machine? Besides, this one is also home to book-making
duo Andy, the writer, and Terry, the illustrator. But story-making
isn't always straightforward, especially when there are gorillas to
contend with. No matter, flying cats to the rescue! And when the
story is over, there are still jokes, a spot-the-difference, a
maze, wordsearch and treehouse triva to enjoy.
Children with the latest brain-to-brain-information technology will be able to read it; others will have to ask for it at the library or a bookshop. They will also want to visit http://www.andygriffiths.com.au/ for loads more fun and the latest from author Andy Griffiths.
Read to my Year 3 class (30 children, ages 7-8) who all love
Diaries of a Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates. (This book initially reminded
me of these due to the mixture of text and drawings)
They really enjoyed the quirky storyline and bizarre sense of humour running throughout.
Two said it reminded them of 'You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum ('The Truth is a lemon meringue!).
The children particularly enjoyed how the illustrations and text were given equal importance and it has already inspired some to start their own journals chronicling their daily life in more detail. The rest of the series was in our book corner for no more than a few minutes before being signed out to be shared with reading buddies, friends and family.
Three turned up with their own copy of this book the following week!
Another highlight: a Mum who had earlier despaired of finding a book that her son would love wrote in to thank me for sending the first book home as her son has now devoured the first three books!
Disclaimer: We won the first four books in the series in a giveaway by Lovereading4kids and Macmillan Kids. This in now way affects the tough judgement that all thirty children have passed on this book.