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Wednesday 25 September 2013

Review: The 39-Storey Treehouse

Yes, there's more. Andy and Terry have been hammering and clamoring and creating a bigger and even better (if that's at all possible) treehouse.

Now a whopping 39 storeys high, visitors (you should be so lucky) can enjoy a mind-boggling assortment of entertainment including the Not-Very-Merry-go-Round, the active but non-erupting volcano, the anti-gravity chamber, a band of crazy penguins and of course, who could bypass the chocolate waterfall? Even if Andy and Terry have been swimming in it (seems they missed the NO SWIMMING sign).

As usual, Andy and Terry are too busy have stacks of fun, and suddenly their next book deadline is looming. Publisher, Mr Big Nose, wants the manuscript by tomorrow afternoon and of course, the boys haven't written a single scrap of anything.

But not to worry! Terry has been busy inventing his finest Treehouse masterpiece yet. It's the greatest invention ever invented. It's the Once-upon-a-time machine! Yes, this fandangled contraption can write an entire book in just eight hours!

Delighted and keen to get off deadline scot-free, Terry and Andy set the machine to writing, only things go horribly wrong. Like, really wrong. The machine gets all uppity and the boys are banished from the Treehouse.

I know.

What ensues is typical Griffiths/Denton mania of laugh-out-loud proportions, and I have to say this really is my favourite Treehouse book yet.

Although the books are chaotic in their narrative content, what I really love about them is the clarity in the chaos. There is major structural pleasantry in these books, no doubt due to both the seamless coupling of the Griffiths/Denton team, and the editing talent (so often unsung heroes).

Superb fun. And yes--there will be a 52-Storey Treehouse. Coming September 2014. Hope I get to visit.

Title: The 39-Storey Treehouse
Author: Andy Griffiths
Illustrator: Terry Denton
Publisher: Pan Macmillan, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781742612379
For ages: 7 - 14
Type: Junior Fiction