The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton, is definitely a book aimed at the elementary aged child. The illustrations are amusing and seem to fit well with a lot of similar titles available today. The stories are just the right mix of silliness and story-telling that a younger kid will appreciate. Sometimes the illustrations tell most of the story and other times they just complement it.
Andy and Terry live in a 13-story treehouse that has just about anything you could possibly want – a lemonade fountain, a marshmallow shooter, and all sorts of other outrageous things. Andy and Terry are tasked to write a book, of which they only have 2 pages completed. The finished product is due at the end of the day and they keep getting distracted. Several of the stories involved growing sea monkeys and the exploits that came about as a result of their mishaps.
My Take: All of the stories fit well with a child’s sense of humor, though I’d advise parents to give the stories a once-over first. Andy and Terry aren’t the best role models, even if their antics are amusing. I’d give it a cautious recommendation with that in mind. If your kids like books along the lines of the Dork Diaries and other books that are partly illustrated and partly telling a story, they’ll probably enjoy this as well.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a preview copy of this book with no expectations on anyone’s part. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by anyone else.