Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are another successful, enduring author/illustrator partnership. They have quite a prolific output. This year has seen at least two books- What Body Part is That? and now The 13-Story Treehouse. They seem to have books scheduled every 6 months coming up into next year.
My 10 year old son went through quite an Andy Griffiths phase a few years ago- he acquired lots of his Just books. I've read a few of those- some stories were very funny for the mother of a young boy as well as being funny for a young boy. The majority were more funny for young boys, which is after all their intended readership. The 13-Storey Treehouse was another book that was funny to the mothers of young boys as well.
Andy and Terry (the characters, not the author/illustrators) live in a fabulous 13-storey treehouse. Of course it's not your average 13-storey treehouse! It has some fantastic features like a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of man-eating sharks, a lemonade fountain and a marshmallow gun that fires your favourite flavoured marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry.
It's hard to give any real indication of the plot, except that it relates an average day in the life of Andy and Terry as they laze away in the treehouse, with a book deadline looming. Suffice to say that it involves sea monkeys, catnaries and Jimi Handrix (yes the a is intentional, actually I think Andy Griffiths has a Jimi Hendrix fascination, he featured in the last book as well). The 13-Storey Treehouse is plain silly really, and funny. My 10 year old is quite keen to read this, and then I shall donate it to his school library so that other kids can enjoy it too.
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