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#Book Bingo 2018: ‘A funny book’ – The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

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#Book Bingo 2018 is a collaboration challenge I am completing with my favourite blogger, Theresa Smith WritesHow does it work?  We have devised our own personalised book bingo card game. Twice a month, on the first and third Saturday of the month, Theresa and I will complete a book review post, outlining our respective bingo card entries. The book bingo card contains a total of 25 squares, which we will complete over the course of the year. To accommodate all the squares, we will be posting additional entries in the months of March and June, this will ensure that we stay on track to complete the book bingo game by December. To keep things interesting for ourselves and those following along with us, the choice of bingo square to be covered will be entirely down to us. We invite you to join us in this fun book related challenge, by linking your bingo card entries in the comments section of this post or by visiting Theresa Smith Writes.

Andy and Terry’s 13-storey treehouse is the most amazing treehouse in the world! 13 storey treehouse smallIt’s got a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of man-eating sharks, a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you’re hungry.

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!


Published in 2011, The 13-Storey Treehouse is the series opener and the book that paved the way for future instalments of the book chart breaking ‘treehouse’ series. In this first edition of the bestselling series, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton introduce the reader to their magnificent tree house. While trying to write a book for their pushy publisher, the dynamic duo find that they keep getting sidetracked by a range of madcap situations. The 13-Storey Treehouse is guaranteed to engage the most hesitant of readers, all thanks to the hilarious rounds of fun provided by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.

Imagine a tree house, it is every young boy and girl’s dream. Now imagine if you were able to live in this house with your best friend and engage in daily rounds of random fun! For Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, this is the case. Their treehouse has a see through swimming pool, a lemonade fountain, a room full of pillows, a secret underground lab and many other awesome features. When Andy and Terry realise they have failed to complete a book for their cranky publisher, Mr Big Nose, the fun and distraction begins! Plenty of good hearted adventure awaits the reader when they select the all important first story in the treehouse series.

I recently discovered the treehouse series, through a review book and via my son, Mr 8’s new interest in this series. I found the most recent book in this series, The 104- Storey Treehouse, utterly hilarious. I was keen to see how this extremely popular series originated. I selected The 13-Storey Treehouse to read for Book Bingo 2018, covering the square ,‘a funny book’. Although I wasn’t rolling around the room in fits of laughter, I did enjoy a snigger or two, courtesy of both the writing and the illustrations of the creative duo of this series.

As a mother of two boys, I can see the immediate appeal of The 13-Storey Treehouse. Living in a treehouse, composed of so many appealing features really is every child’s fantasy. With my own reluctant reader in the house, it is hard to find books that will capture and sustain his interest, but The 13-Storey Treehouse has succeeded were others have failed. Mr 8 read this book with ease and actively sought out the further books in the series, which came as quite a welcome surprise. The narrative structure of The 13-Storey Treehouse lends itself to sparking the interest of hard to engage readers. The chapters are short and sharp, some have big page breaks, while others have one word, or simply fun illustrations to follow. All this contributes to a positive reading experience. The 13-Storey Treehouse is a real confidence booster for those hard to capture readers.

The scenarios presented to the reader through the adventures in The 13-Storey Treehouse are simply wacky, zany and downright insane! However, there is a sense of magic and fantasy that comes hand in hand with this novel. Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton work in a sort of symmetry. The writing harmonizes the illustrations and vice versa. This is hard to achieve, but this working duo pull it off. Often it was the illustrations that made me laugh, so if you look carefully, you will find many small surprises on each page. I also loved the personality of neighbour Jill and who can forget the formidable Mr Big Nose! They all bounce off each other so well.

Be prepared to be faced with a range of slapstick scenarios and way out adventures as soon as you open this book. Climbing each storey of the treehouse guarantees a world inhabited by marshmallow popping machines, giant bananas, monkeys, sea monsters, mermaids and my personal favourite, catenaries! As an adult reader of this 9-12 year old chapter novel, I found it refreshing to sit back and enjoy the relentless roller coaster of fun presented by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. On a final note, I loved following the process of writing a book for publication, thanks to the amusing exploits of Andy and Terry.

The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton was published on September 1st 2011 by Pan Macmillan. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of The 13-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths & Terry Dentonvisit here



5 thoughts on “#Book Bingo 2018: ‘A funny book’ – The 13-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton

  1. #Book Bingo 2018: ‘A book written by someone over 60’ – The Good Sister by Maggie Christensen

    My first book by this author and also my first older adult fiction read and wow, wasn’t I pleasantly surprised… as well as being a nice change to what I usually read! The pacing of the story was relaxing which produced a comfy, and homely read.

    Dual storylines are a huge favourite of mine so clearly, I was going to love this book and love I did. A warm, gentle, beautiful, and engrossing tale of two striking women, both named Isobel. Their story switches between the past and present taking us right back to the late 1930s and continuing through to 2015. The reader is also transported to stunning Glasgow, Scotland (another country to add to my bucket list) where this wartime tale is based.

    I adored the two Isobel’s both such lovely and strong characters and Matt, what a sweetheart (haha, I kept picturing the doctor from Downton Abbey).

    I look forward to reading all of Maggie Christensen’s backlist titles and as I just read in the ‘About the Author’ section, the reader first meets Bel in Broken Threads so I guess that will be my next read before I start Isobel’s Promise, the sequel to The Good Sister.

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    1. I was so pleased when I saw this one come through, what a perfect choice of author/book for the book bingo square selected. I’m glad you discovered this book and liked it. II do hope you can catch up on others of Maggie’s she is a great author. Thanks for playing along again, not many to go!


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