What It Is
Andy and Terry live in a treehouse, but, it's not an ordinary treehouse. As the series' title implies, this one has 13 stories and they include a bowling alley, swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory and a unique vending machine that shoots marshmallows into the boys' mouths! Andy and Terry are also writers and have a deadline to keep. However, they are constantly distracted by outlandish happenings, such as an enormous gorilla in pursuit of giant bananas. With no time left to meet their deadline, the duo decide that their many adventures would make a great novel and set pen to paper.
Why It’s Fun
When a child sits in a treehouse, the sky is the limit for his or her imagination. The 13-Story Treehouse is the first of a new chapter book series that does a great job of capturing the ultimate treehouse fantasy. The story and illustrations should deliver lots of laughs for readers. The names of the author and illustrator are also the names of the lead characters—a fun twist.
Who It’s For
The publisher recommends this title for ages 8 to 12, but I think it will top out at 10 years of age as middle-schoolers begin to read and appreciate more complex plotting.
What To Be Aware Of
The title is only available in hardcover, so it might be worth checking out of the library first. A sequel is due out in the spring of 2014, which multiplies the treehouse's levels by two!