Sunday, February 17, 2013

The 13-storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton

The students at my school will have an opportunity to see this zany book presented as a stage play later this year so last night I caught up on this romp which I missed last year.

Andy (the author) and Terry (the illustrator) are the narrators of this story about life in their 13-storey treehouse.  It is the treehouse of your dreams complete with a see through pool, a bowling alley, a tank of man-eating sharks, a marshmallow machine and a lemonade fountain.

The book publisher is demanding delivery of a new book but our intrepid pair keep getting sidetracked.  Of course as the third participant in this book - the reader - you soon realise that in fact they are writing a new book - their life is a story.

The final pages in the aptly named chapter 13 were my favourite part of this book - where we see the creation of a book within a book.

The 13-Storey Treehouse is a book you can read in one quick sitting.  It is certain to appeal to students who are just beginning to develop reading stamina.  Here is a web site for the author where you will also find the titles of other books that Andy and Terry have collaborated on.

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