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Nov 03 2014

The 52-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

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Treehouse Series: Book 4. Pan Macmillan, 2014. ISBN 9781742614212
Highly recommended for 7-10 years.Andy Griffith and Terry Denton's new addition to the Treehouse series is another winner. Their imagination is boundless, their energy and enthusiasm infectious and their ability to engage even the most reluctant of readers is encouraging.
There are thirteen wonderful new storeys with a watermelon-smashing level, a wave machine and a life-size snakes and ladders game - yes with real ladders and snakes and a rocket-powered carrot-launcher. The high-tech detective agency comes stocked with an extraordinary array of equipment - moustache disguises, crim-catcha net, a weaponarium even a clue detector. These tools prove to be extremely important because Andy and Terry have a case to solve - the mystery of Mr Big Nose's disappearance.
The adventurers are drawn into a Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, unable to wake Jill up from a deep slumber, they must ride to the vegetable castle to break the spell. They carry a talking caterpillar who consumes their fried egg car and an amazing variety of obstacles along the way including two steamrollers and giant mutant spiders.
With the help of Vegetable Patty, who rescues the adventurers from a hot and dangerous situation, Andy and Terry are finally free to enjoy the new storeys in their treehouse and celebrate Andy's birthday.
Students at our school actively engage with these stories, we have a class set of both The 13-Storey Treehouse and The 52-Storey Treehouse. They provide stimulus for story writing, art, design and technology and engagement with reading.
Rhyllis Bignell

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