Hello Everyone and Welcome back to The Boss Book Club!
I hope you’re having a wonderful day. We’ve got a total change of pace today in the form of an excellent children’s book by Australian author Andy Griffiths and his best friend, illustrator Terry Denton! If you’re looking for a gift for anyone in the 8-12 year age group, or are a big kid yourself, then this may be the book for you!
This book features Andy and Terry themselves as the main characters of the storey (get it, haha! Sorry.)
In this book they add thirteen storeys to their ever-expanding treehouse, and this time they’ve added: a pet grooming salon, a room of exploding eyeballs, a lollipop shop, a time machine, a birthday room and an ant farm.
Did I mention a time machine? Well this time machine (which is unfortunately concealed in a wheelie bin) leads to a tale of time travelling adventure. Together with their new friend Safety Inspector Bubblewrap the trio go to the prehistoric era to find out how the dinosaurs became extinct, visit some cavemen, escape mummies in Egypt, and enter a chariot race in Ancient Rome. They also travel into the future and see what is in store for humanity (warning: it involves angry crabs!)
This adventure packed book contains an average of 2- 10 lines of writing per page. The rest of the page is filled with Terry Denton’s cartoon scribbles. They are drawn in what looks like simple black pen, cartoon squiggles fill and surround the pages in a similar style to which kids doodle on their notepads or sketchbooks. These cartoons add a great sense of fun to the story and you’ll spend time poring over the detail in each cartoon, and reading all the miniature speech bubbles!
The Andy Griffiths website cites the books as being ideal for reluctant readers and this is certainly so. If your child isn’t interested in reading traditionally, or has a short attention span, then the cartoons help to break up the challenge.
The 65 Storey Treehouse is the latest book in a series by the duo. Others include: The 13- Storey Treehouse, The 26- Storey Treehouse, The 39- Storey Treehouse and The 52- Storey Treehouse. They add 13- Storeys for every book! You certainly don’t have to have read the others to enjoy this one.
I thoroughly recommend this book as a gift to read with a child, or for them to enjoy on their own. Cartoons, time travel, and the occasional gross exploding eyeball. And dinosaurs! What more could you want?
Happy Reading Bosses, and thanks for joining us!
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