The 26-Story Treehouse

illus. by Terry Denton. 352p. Feiwel & Friends. Apr. 2014. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781250026910.
Gr 3–6—Andy and Terry, introduced in The 13-Story Treehouse (Feiwel & Friends, 2013), have expanded their incredible arboreal residence by adding several exciting features, including a robot-controlled ice-cream parlor, a mud-fighting arena, an ATM (Automatic Tattoo Machine), and the Maze of Doom. Their publisher, Mr. Bignose, is demanding their next book, so the friends attempt to tell stories about how they met and how they first built their treehouse. They also have to cope with a tank of sick, underwear-eating sharks and a pack of invading buccaneers. Similar in design to Jeff Kinney's "Diary Of A Wimpy Kid" series (Abrams), these 13 wacky, interconnected stories integrate print and graphic elements, with comic-book-style panels, word balloons, and text blocks, which blend together seamlessly. Different font styles help distinguish the storytelling sections from the main action. The conversational, matter-of-fact narration is a delightful contrast to the off-the-wall story line. Wildly humorous without being smart-alecky or sarcastic, this is a top choice for middle-grade readers.—Elaine E. Knight, formerly at Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Author friends Andy and Terry (The 13-Story Treehouse) have expanded their treehouse with floors that include a robot-run ice cream shop, skate ramp with crocodile pit, and an antigravity chamber. The tale of how they met and these adventures become the stories in their next book. Humorous illustrations fill the pages. Fans will rejoice: a concluding blueprint shows plans for another thirteen floors.

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