I read a lot of books each month, but usually only a few stand out as noteworthy. Each month, I’ll introduce my favorite book from my most recent reads.
This month, I’m recommending The 13-Story Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths. This isn’t a brand new book (there are already several more books in the series), but somehow I only recently got around to reading it. My son and I had so much fun reading this book together. It is wacky, wild, and hilarious. Although it is technically a chapter book, much of the story is told through cartoon pictures and it is a quick read. My son and I finished it in about two days.
The story is about the fictional version of the author, Andy Griffiths, and illustrator, Terry Denton. They live in an amazing, decked out 13 story treehouse and spend their days doing anything except working on their next book. The problem starts when their book is due to the evil publisher ASAP and they’ve only written a sentence. That’s when their zany adventure begins. It includes flying cat-birds, giant gorillas, and slimy sea creatures. This story is everything except predictable.
Who should read this book?
I recommend it for students in grades 2-5 who enjoy comedies like Captain Underpants, Bad Kitty, or Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Even kids who don’t usually like to spend their time reading might find themselves enjoying this bizarre novel.
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