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The 39-Story Treehouse: The Treehouse Books, Book 3

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lively, loony tale sneaks in moral about responsibility.

Book Andy Griffiths Humor 2015
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it was really good!

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THE 39-STORY TREEHOUSE brings back the easily distracted book-making duo of Andy and Terry on a third meandering but fast-paced adventure. Real-life author Andy Griffiths and illustrator Terry Denton keep inflating their original premise, but there's still lots of life left in this gag. Absurdity runs rampant, and the gross touches are aimed squarely at the older elementary school ages.

But there's reason beneath the madness: The Once-upon-a-time machine is a nod to HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey and points the way to genuine lessons about responsibility, hard work, and creativity. Smart, compassionate friend Jill also infuses the story with needed heart. (And yes, the boys are going to build another 13 stories.)

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