The Great Treehouse War
Winnie's last day of fourth grade ended with a pretty life-changing surprise. That was the day Winnie s parents got divorced, the day they decided that Winnie would live three days a week with each of them and spend Wednesdays by ...more
First things first, let me just say that The Great Treehouse War was a lot of fun to read. I started reading it and before I knew it I was near the ending. Despite being way over the intended age group for this book, I still found myself able to read and appreciate it a lot.
The Great Treehouse War is about a young girl named Winnie. Winnie is your normal 10ish year old girl (she is in the fifth grade). She has friends, likes art, and has the worlds most amazing cat. She also has parents that ...more
And who wouldn't love to have a treehouse like Winnie's? Especially one with a zipline to your favorite uncle's house! Needless to say, I enjoyed this fun and whimsical story, and I thought the overall message was a positive one for children and adults ...more
Ok, so I have to say I didn't appreciate the fact that the kids were so disobedient and so disrespectful, and the way parents were portrayed as dump, stupid adults. That's not what we want kids reading and learning.
The plot was actually rather enjoyable. I didn't love the unfinished part, where none of the kids got what they asked for and none of them got punished for what they did. It was really frayed at the end.
As for Winnie, it was interesting to see what she saw when she used her ...more
I hope Umbrella Summer isn't Graff's only good book... I do want to try others by her.
Btw, heavily illustrated in a style that reminds me a lot of Lois Lenski.
It sounds pretty fun to have parents who are literally competing over who can show you the best time, right? But it's not as great as you'd think; Winnie's parents have spent so much time trying to curate the best experiences for their time with Winnie that they forget to do things like make sure she's having a good time. (Or that she's doing her homework, which she isn't.)
I started reading this out loud to my Cub Scouts at a recent camp. The book managed to keep 15 boys ages 8-10, quiet at bedtime. The story deals with topics to which most children can relate. Things such as wanting to be heard, managing friendships and trying to understand a confusing world. The reason I chose to read it to my scouts was that it dealt with topics that some may not have been exposed to such as divorce and adult conflict.
I was ...more
Looking at the cover students may think it's more juvenile than it is. I think this is targeted to 4th and 5th graders as well as some 6th (6th might be stretching a bit far though).
Overall there were many parts of this book that were just sad. ...more
If Winnies parents weren't acting so obsessively strange, and so hung up on spending exactly the same amount of time with her, the great treehouse war, as it was being called by the media, probably would not have happened. When Winnie Malladi-Maradis parents divorce and decide to share time with her equally, they also decide that since there are uneven days in the week she will spend Wednesdays by herself in the treehouse located between both their houses. With both parents trying to outdo each...more
Enjoyed this premise and had a great time reading it! ...more
- First Line
Imagine a never-ending sleepover in a treehouse with 9 of your best friends. Just so you know, the treehouse has a bathroom (but no stove), two floors, a craft station, a platform for deliveries, a skylight, and a zipline. The thing is, the kids are staying in the treehouse and refusing to come down until their parents give in to their demands. While ...more
That being said, I know some kids who will definitely enjoy it and think it's a fun summer read. I won't hesitate to recommend it to them at the library.
When fourth grade ended for Winnie, so did life as she knew it. That was the day Winnie's parents got divorced, the day they decided to split her week between them, leaving Winnie to spend Wednesday in a tree house by herself. Life grows crazier and crazier as her parents compete for her love. When things get so bad it results in the downword spiral of Winnie's academic career, she decides to take a stand, barricading ...more