Thursday, April 7, 2016

Andy Griffiths' Treehouse series with GIVEAWAY!


ABOUT THE BOOK

Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever it discerns you're hungry.

Two new characters – Andy and Terry – live here, make books together, and have a series of completely nutty adventures. Because: ANYTHING can happen in a 13-storey treehouse.

This is a major new series from Andy and Terry- and it's the logical evolution of all their previous books. There are echoes of the Just stories in the Andy and Terry friendship, the breakaway stories in the Bad Book (the Adventures of Super Finger), there's the easy readability of the Cat on the Mat and the Big Fat Cow, and like all these books, the illustrations are as much a part of the story as the story itself.



ABOUT THE BOOK

If you're like most readers, you're probably wondering just how Andy and Terry met. Well, it's a long story, but a pretty exciting one, and it's mostly true! Come on up, choose a hammock, and they'll tell you all about it (just don't go in the maze they're still ironing out a few bugs...).

For everyone who loved The 13-Storey Treehouse and is willing and ready to climb even higher with more crazy adventures from the bestselling Australian children's author.





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THE 39-STORY TREEHOUSE
by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton
Feiwel and Friends, 2015

ABOUT THE BOOK

The third installment in Andy and Terry’s amazing (and award-winning) ever-growing treehouse!

Andy and Terry’s amazing treehouse has 13 new levels including a chocolate waterfall, a non-erupting active volcano, an opera house, a baby-dinosaur petting zoo, Andy and Terry’s Believe it or Else! museum, a not-very-merry merry-go-round, a boxing elephant called the Trunkinator, an X-Ray room, a disco with light-up dance floor, the world’s scariest roller-coaster and a top secret 39th level that hasn’t even been finished yet!

So what are you waiting for? Come on up!



ABOUT THE BOOK

Andy and Terry's incredible, ever-expanding treehouse has 13 new storys, including a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine, a life-size snakes and ladders game (with real ladders and real snakes), a rocket-powered carrot-launcher, a Ninja Snail Training Academy and a high-tech detective agency with all the latest high-tech detective technology, which is lucky because they have a BIG mystery to solve - where is Mr Big Nose???

MY THOUGHTS ON THE SERIES:

Andy Griffiths definitely has an affinity for the absurd and nonsensical.  And yet his nonsense will appeal greatly to many young readers (and clearly already has in his home country of Australia).  For many children, there is great appeal in the idea of living in an extravagant treehouse with bowling alleys, man-eating sharks, and a marshmallow machine.  Especially since the main characters, Andy and Terry (the author and illustrator) have no adult supervision of any sort, just a girl neighbor who loves animals.  The absurdity begins on page one of the first book and never lets up as Andy and Terry experience all sorts of things such as a wooden-headed pirate, sharks sick from eating Terry's dirty underwear, and flying cats, all in their pursuit of writing and illustrating books for their publisher, Mr. Big Nose.  Denton's illustrations blend well with the sometimes brief text, providing a lot of the humor.  Students who enjoy the Wimpy Kid series may enjoy this similar format, if they don't mind the utter impossibility of pretty much everything that happens.  This is a series that is designed for pure entertainment, but could make a nice jumping off point in encouraging children to use their imaginations in writing their own stories.

WHAT WOULD I ADD TO THE TREEHOUSE?

To my way of thinking Andy and Terry's treehouse is great and all, but it's missing one very important thing. A LIBRARY!  Since the treehouse is extravagant in every way (roller coaster, bumper cars, trampolines) I would make it a large library with cozy chairs and plenty of reading nooks, perhaps something like the library in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (I think Belle would approve).  I would have beautiful mahogany shelves with ladders as well as hammocks and other fun places to sit or recline.  And it would have picture book art all over the place.  Sigh.  Aren't daydreams wonderful? ;) 

GIVEAWAY (US only)

I have a set of the first three books in the series to giveaway.
To enter simply leave a comment below telling me what you would add to the treehouse.
I will use randomizer to pick a winner after April 14th!

4 comments:

  1. I would add a snack bar which would supply me with an endless variety of goodies and healthy treats. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. A biking trail would be wonderful since it reminds me of the freedom of biking when I was young everywhere in the neighborhood and city where I lived. So enjoyable, and ideal. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I'd add an espresso machine! And it's not just for me...I could make the kids wonderful steamed milk and hot cocoa. Really, who wants to climb down 52 stories for their coffee every morning???

    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    Stephanie
    smantello1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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