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Book Review: The 169 Storey Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton

MIDDLE GRADE: Welcome to the next thirteen stories in the ever-growing treehouse where anything can happen and usually does!

The Treehouse books are usually absurd and make no sense whatsoever... but that is why they are so fabulous.

Feature image credit: Pan Macmillan Australia

Author Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton need no introduction to the children of Australia. There is possibly no child who hasn’t heard of the Treehouse series of books. Both Griffiths and Denton have excellent credentials in the Australian children’s picture/middle years book scene!

According to Griffiths’ biography, he likes to have an “emphasis on toilet and gross out humour”. The Day My Bum Went Psycho, published in 2001, is a great example.

Denton is well known for illustrating books for many well-known authors, including notables Mem Fox and Gillian Rubinstein.

Griffiths and Denton have been writing The Treehouse books since 2011. Almost every year since then a new one has been published. (there was a small hiccough in 2020!). Each edition has another 13 stories added to the every-growing treehouse. Thirteen books later, we are now up to 169!  

The Treehouse books are usually absurd and make no sense whatsoever, and this one is no exception… but that is why they are so fabulous. Children are encouraged to let their imagination go wild as we find out about a paper plane research and development facility, (PPRDF for short), a gecko chamber or a potato powered translation transmitter.

Denton’s illustrations are ridiculously funny as they bring the text to life. Both Griffiths and Denton have quite a crazy sense of humour and it seems nothing is out of bounds. Building a thirteen-storey school in a day, and finishing a new book at the same time is amazing! A million monkeys, a flying rabbit, and emergency inflatable underpants are just some of the outlandish things along the way.

The Treehouse books encourage children to dream, create and just be silly! We can imagine how much laughter goes along with creating these stories.

For those who have read every book, you will definitely want to add The 169 Storey Treehouse to your collection. If you are new to this crazy world, give it a go. It will make you feel happy, fearless, and may leave you wanting to try your hand at creating a book from your own imagination.

Reviewed by Sue Mauger

The views expressed in this review belong to the author and not Glam Adelaide, its affiliates, or employees.

Distributed by: Pan Macmillan Australia
Released: September 2023
RRP: $14.99

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