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The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

Andy and Terry’s treehouse now has 13 new storeys, including a tiny-horse level, a pyjama-party toom, an underpants museum, a door of doom and much more.

Author Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton first joined forces more than two decades ago and have now collaborated on a number of books, including the Treehouse series.

The 117-Storey Treehouse is the ninth book in the wacky treehouse adventure series, with a laugh-out-loud story told through text and cartoon-style illustrations. Each year the duo release a new Treehouse book, each with another 13 storeys. More than three million copies of the books have been sold.

Readers can explore the next set of 13 new levels – which include a photo-bombing booth, a waiting room, a giant robot fighting arena, and a penguin-powered flying treehouse tour bus. However, this book is about much more than just a treehouse, it’s a story about the story.

For as long as the pair have been writing books together, Andy has always been the narrator and Terry has always been the illustrator.

But when Terry tries to prove that he can narrate as well as draw, the story goes completely out of control and the Story Police arrive to arrest the whole treehouse team for crimes against storytelling. Andy, Terry and Jill go on the run, but how long can they evade the story police and stay out of story jail?

Each page is filled to the brim with slapstick humour that will entice even the most reluctant of readers. It is an easy read, with Denton’s illustrations helping to tell the story.

Packed full of jokes, bizarre situations and plenty of humour, this is the kind of book that will have kids laughing out loud. It is easy to re-discover the joy of reading with a book like this.

The story within a story rips along at a frenetic pace, which matches the mad cap adventures.

There is no denying the popularity of the series, which shows no sign of slowing down. One can only begin to imagine what Griffiths and Denton will add to get to 130-storeys next.

Reviewer: Rebekah Fraser

MacMillan Publishers, RRP $17.99


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