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Nov 09 2020

The 130-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

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Illus. by Terry Denton. Pan Macmillan, 2020. ISBN: 9781760786168.
(Age: 6+) Highly recommended. The 130-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton is another fast-paced and action-packed read in this on-going Treehouse series. Young readers have been waiting impatiently for the release of this new addition. The new levels added provide the friends with so much more to do. Some of these levels are:
Soap bubble blaster
Non-stop dot level
13-storey igloo
GRABINATOR
Extraterrestrial observation centre
Time-wasting level
Toilet paper factory (very necessary in COVID-19 times)
TFB-treehouse fire brigade
Best bookshop-in-a-treehouse-in-a-tree-in-a-forest-in-a-book in the whole world
The story begins with Andy annoyed by a pesky fly. He tries everything to get rid of it. Terry uses his laser eyes to try to destroy it but sets the treehouse on fire. Jill has enough sense to call the fire brigade to save the day. The fly is caught in a bug catcher but the friends realise that they also caught in some sort of dome and they are abducted by a UFE - unidentified flying eyeball. They are taken to Planet Eyeballia where they are surrounded by millions of eyeballs. They are then ordered to take part in an Intergalactic Death Battle against other abducted aliens. They hide in the treehouse while the battle rages around them. The story becomes more complicated as a blob from Blobdromeda stows-away on the treehouse, becomes an umbrella from the sun; they travel to another galaxy to save the blobs from a mud-sucking blob toad and finally the fly returns!
These stories are exhausting for the reader but highly entertaining and page turning. You just have to find out what happens next. The 143-storey treehouse book is coming soon.
Themes: Humour, Friends, Tree House Living, Fantasy, Creativity, Intergalactic adventure.
Kathryn Beilby

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