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The 13-Storey Treehouse

(Treehouse #1)

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4.03  ·  Rating details ·  7,345 ratings  ·  869 reviews
Who wouldn't want to live in a treehouse? Especially a 13-storey treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of sharks, a library full of comics, a secret underground laboratory, a games room, self-making beds, vines you can swing on, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots your ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Pan Macmillan Australia
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Martie Last
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrific book, especially for young boys who mistakenly think that they don't like to read. It's also a nice treat for an adult who likes to read with kids. The book is silly, funny, and interesting from beginning to end, and the illustrations add to the excitement. I read this book with one of my 4th grade students, and he was enthralled. I had that student write a letter to the author and illustrator about how much he enjoyed the book, and he received a hand-written note and a signed ...more
Holly
May 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, we should admit that this book was not written for me. It was written for kids and me not liking it really only means that I don't fall into the demographic that it was aimed at. I bought this book for my nephew's birthday, though, and I wanted to know what I was giving him after the bookstore ladies suggested it to me.

Now that we've gotten my disclaimer out of the way, I still have a few complaints about the book.

1) It might be old-fashioned of me, but I think that books
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Laura5
The Bud told me I needed to give this book "every star," so I did.
5 stars for kid humor and appeal!
Sylvia
Read this with my eldest son and we were laughing-out-loud at the silliness of these two characters and what they got up to in the book. Love read-a-longs with my boys.
Camie
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
A perfectly silly book ( series of 3, I believe) for that semi- reluctant Summer reader who is an 8-9 year old boy and needs to get back into " school mode."
Half book - half comic book ( lots of pictures) this is just the ticket to rekindle interest. Thumbs up from my Grandson who of course exchanges reading time for screen time. 4 stars
Jenks
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I work part time in a well known booksellers and read this as part of 'research' to be able to make recommendations in children's books .

This was a funny read and I believe the whole series to be similar , good illustrations and light hearted for younger readers
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Published in 2011, The 13-Storey Treehouse is the series opener and the book that paved the way for future instalments of the book chart breaking treehouse series. In this first edition of the bestselling series, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton introduce the reader to their magnificent tree house. While trying to write a book for their pushy publisher, the dynamic duo find that they keep getting sidetracked by a range of madcap situations. The 13-Storey
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Rebecca Altmann
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review by Jack, age 6.5

It was excellent, it was very, very, very good.

It was awesome because it had man-eating sharks and a shark nearly ate Terry. Terry accidently threw Andy's head in the bowling alley. After they ate too many marshmallows they drank too much lemonade from the lemonade fountain.
Their treehouse is awesome because it looked small from the outside but is big on the inside. There was a gorilla and a yellow canary cat with a whole army of yellow canary cats who saved Andy and
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Carmen
The cover and title of this book are so promising, but the story was quite a disappointment. Two guys live in a really cool treehouse and have some really cool things, but after the "tour" in the first few pages, it's pretty much a book about two guys who are supposed to be writing a book, which ends up being the book we are now reading. A bit too meta for the audience, but not even in an interesting way. Predictable, simplistic, and read like a slacker's attempt at an essay for school that was ...more
Hwee Goh
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book happened around the time I gave up stuffing The Secret Seven down my son's throat. I mean, I read them, why wouldn't he? It dawned on me that I had a Reluctant Reader on my hands. So imagine my amazement when he not only took it to bed with him, he asked for The 26-Storey Treehouse over and over again!

I resisted the Wimpy Kid Wave because I picked it up once, and found it rather rude and disrespectful to adults. This book is actually in the same genre but it had my sister and I in
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royaevereads
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
One of the most ridiculous books Ive ever read, SO funny and the illustrations truly add to the story. Metafictional too, which I totally didnt expect 😂 ...more
Peyton
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story 'The 13 -Storey Treehouse' is an absoultely fabulous book for all ages.Join Andy and Terry as they join their adventures in their Treehouse. Their are cases of a flying cat, a missing cat, the big red nose, the drawing competition, the monster mermaid, the big bubble, the adventures of Superfinger and plenty more. Very humorous with plenty of fun cartoons. Wouldn't you love to join Andy and Terry in a 13-Storey Treehouse. Anything can happenin the treehouse. Drinking from a lemonade ...more
Rosalie
Andy and Terry live in the most awesome tree house you ever saw. First of all it has 13 stories complete with a bowling alley, shark tank, lemonade fountain, game room and a see through swimming pool.
The 2 boys write childrens books and their next book is due to the publisher tomorrow and they havent even started it yet. Andy writes the words and Terry illustrates the pictures! But lately they have been too distracted with turning their neighbors cat into a canary, hatching sea-monkeys that turn
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Lorin
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book to my 6 1/2 year old son. Whilst I thought some parts of the story were over his head and some of the language not appropriate, we really enjoyed it and loved all the twists and turns in the day of a life of Andy and Terry living in a 13 Storey Treehouse. We loved how the cat got painted yellow and turned into a canary and flew away and also how the sea monkeys which weren't sea monkeys turn into a mermaidia and then into a sea monster. A recommended read. Thanks to Netgalley ...more
Miss Dickson
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was awesome. I really loved how the two main characters, Andy and Terry, are so different but seem to get along so well. They really do cause alot of trouble and some how seem to get out of it!! I cannot wait to read the others in the series.
Vivian
Aug 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Drivel.
Nonsense.
Put Capt. Underpants in the penthouse and then take the elevator down to the basement and you will find Andy and Terry in their swanky treehouse.

2 grown men
living in a 13-story treehouse (which I have to admit is pretty awesome)
tell a lie and a truth and the truth cancels out the lie -- right?
get married by exchanging a kiss (which illustrator Terry does with a mermaid)
1 hungry sea monster posing as a mermaid
a monkey invasion that trashes the place
a cat painted yellow who
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Dee-Ann
Loved it. My boys would hang out for each new chapter at night. Funny and often my boys would ask 'is this book really for kids?' as some of it was a bit violent (in a funny weird way). Now we are looking for another one in the series that we have not read.
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Listened to the audiobook via BorrowBox!

It is very short in length at just 1 hr 30 mins long, but this was such a fun listen. I was laughing at all of the sound effects and the strange but brilliant storyline about two boys Andy and Terry, living in their own massive treehouse and getting up to lots of antics. I would love to continue on the series, alas the library waiting list currently is 6 months long for the next one! I can definitely see younger listeners loving this for sure.
Cruth
Author: Andy Griffiths
Illustrator: Terry Denton

First book about The Treehouse. Followed by The 26-Storey Treehouse and "39-Storey Treehouse" (to be released).

We started with the 26-Storey, and while we felt no *need* to read 13-Storey, we enjoyed 26 so much we had to pick it up. The narration and illustrations appeal to both the teen and the early-school'er, as well as tickling *my* funny-bone. It's such off-the-wall humour, without devolving to slapstick, coarse language, and toilet humour, it
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Prince William Public Library System
Andy and Terry live in a 13-story treehouse. When not goofing off in the treehouses bowling alley, see-through swimming pool, lemonade fountain, and top secret underground laboratory, they write and illustrate books together. The 13-Story Treehouse tells the hilarious story of all the ridiculous things that happen to them while trying to come up with ideas for their newest book.

To give you an idea of the type of absurdity to expect, one memorable scene shows Andy and Terry debating whether
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Katherine
Fun and enjoyable! I don't think it is as good as The 26 Storey Treehouse. I think this is because that book had an overall story linking the smaller stories together, whereas this one did not so much. Made me laugh aloud at a certain reference to Crocodile Dundee :D
Bennett
Dec 20, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I think I agree with Kaiser on that rating.
xXStuartDaAmazingXx
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
And I FELT like reading this
Mimi.Y
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8 and up
A child and a adult dream treehouse!! Can you imagine a lemonade fountain, a marshmallow machine and a vegetable vaporizer. Now as a mother.... I don't approve of a vegetable vaporizer. Ha! Andy and Terry are really good friends who have a deadline to meet for Mr. Big Nose. The book was due last Friday and he angry!! The thing is Andy is having a hard time getting Terry to sit still and focus on the illustration part. So many things happen that Andy needs to help Terry. I'm talking a flying cat ...more
Lisa Marie
Jul 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fic
I do not understand the hype. At all. :/ One part in particular really bothered me. The sea monsters poem comes out of nowhere and is terrifying. The day I read it, a patron brought it up in passing. She said her son read that part, closed the book, handed it back to her, and said no more. I couldnt believe the timing (I literally read that part a half hour before our conversation) and said that also stood out to me (...then his body I will slaughter...Ill tear him apart limb from limb...Ill eat ...more
Hapsari Darmastuti
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I realized that I am not the target demographic for these books so the fact that I, a 26-year-old woman, did not enjoy it is irrelevant. The drawings are cute but the story is nothing.

But if Roald Dahl can make a good children's book that can be enjoyed by all ages, then it's not so bad to want a good children's book is it?
Emma
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flying cats. Claws coming from above. Something no one wants.
Sophie Reed
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: treehouse
My favourite part was when the gorilla was shaking the treehouse and was shouting BANANA and when they said "can this gorilla even speak English". It was very good and I cant wait to read another one soon.
stefiereads
It was really a fun book :) I enjoyed it.
Kyla
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, I have to say, my son loved this book, so this is an adult's rating, not a child's. I decided to read it because after my son finished it I tried to ask him questions about the plot, characters, etc. He couldn't tell me anything. He said it jumped around a lot and it didn't really explain anything about the characters or how they got the tree house, etc. I thought he just hadn't read it very well so I decided to read it so we could talk about it together. Turns out, that was as apt a ...more
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Andy Griffiths is Australias most popular childrens writer. He is the author of over 20 books, including nonsense verse, short stories, comic novels and plays. Over the past 15 years Andys books have been New York Times bestsellers, won over 50 childrens choice awards, been adapted as a television cartoon series and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

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