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Imagine a treehouse that has a lemonade fountain, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth. Welcome to the multi-storey treehouse of Andy and Terry! This book is the first in a hugely successful series of ever-expanding architecture – The 65-Storey Treehouse is out in August 2015 – and will delight readers with its joyous disregard for formality.

Andy and Terry are creative co-workers who owe their publisher Mr Big Nose a book ASAP! If they don’t get their book sent off on time, they will have to start working at the Monkey House again where duties include cleaning out the monkeys and sometimes even filling in for them (which is humiliating work). Hilarious illustrations accompany witty prose as Andy and Terry battle against the clock to get their book finished on time. In a world where the impossible is possible and anything can happen, it seems unlikely that the pair will ever manage to submit a manuscript and continue to remain carefree residents of their epic treehouse.

Among the many distractions that Andy and Terry face – a man-eating sea monster, a giant gorilla and a human-sized bubble of chewing gum to name a few – it is creative collaboration that proves the hardest challenge. Working together, generating ideas and putting them down on paper is a daunting task, but it is well worth persevering. The book encourages readers to stretch their imaginations and revel in the possibilities of mutual co-creation.

With a fast-moving plot, manageable chapter breaks and pages with jokes and activities at the end, Griffiths and Denton will keep young readers entertained for hours.

Written by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton.
 
Lydia Mihailovic, literary editor
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