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Everything You Need For a Treehouse

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  715 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Featuring beautiful images and a lyrical text with an exquisitely readable cadence, this book gives life and meaning to all the requisite elements of a treehouse, from time, timber, and rafters to ropes of twisted twine that invite visitors to sprawl out on a limb and slide back down again. For anyone who's ever wanted to escape real life and live in a nostalgic dream come ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Chronicle Books
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La Coccinelle
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
It's kind of ironic that this book had so little purple in the colour palette. I guess the prose made up for it.

This has got to be one of the most pretentious children's picture books I've ever read. The prose was absolutely ridiculous. As an adult, I had trouble puzzling out some of what the author meant (like when she kept referring to sun speckles; I think she meant dappled light, but I couldn't say for sure). Phrases like "refuge in the flora", "pinpricked canopy", "twisted twine of spun sug
Kate Olson
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BRAVO! Higgins is now becoming one of my favorite picture book authors, first with THIS IS NOT A VALENTINE in December 2017, and now with this adorable story. I love the message of this book of playing outside and enjoying the natural world, and I love the wild variety of tree houses from completely realistic to wildly fantastical.The text is poetic but very approachable for even young readers, and gives an all-over comfy and happy vibe. Hughes' illustrations are whimsical with a diverse cast of ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
All the beautiful treehouses you can think of are in this lavishly illustrated book. It's written in rich text.

Oh, I want a treehouse like that. And that. And that.
Multiple ways to build a treehouse. A bit too wordy but enjoyed the illustrations. Very diverse.
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children Who Long for a Treehouse of Their Own
Author Carter Higgins and illustrator Emily Hughes join forces in this lovely picture-book tribute to treehouses - how to build them, and how to use them. "Everything you need for a treehouse starts with time and looking up and imagining a home of timber and rafters in wrangled, gnarled bark." So begins Higgins' poetic narrative, which sets out everything you will need, whether physical or spiritual, to build a house in the trees. The accompanying illustrations depict a wide range of treehouses, ...more
May 01, 2018 added it
Shelves: picturebooks
A lyrical ode to trees, and imagination —

“Everything you need for a
starts with time
and looking up
and imagining a home
of timber and rafters
in wrangled, gnarled bark.”

Carter Higgins (This is Not a Valentine) has become one of my new favorite authors, and Emily Hughes art match the lushness of her text. Pay attention, readers, to those illustrations, and you will learn a lot about all kinds of trees and different ways of building.
Created with graphite and Photoshop, the illustrations for this book are simply sumptuous, drenched in color and details and filled with incredibly imaginative tree houses that only the most creative minds could produce. The end papers feature structures that are simpler, fashioned from roof shingles, umbrellas, a bucket, even a strategically-placed slab of wood--but just as charming in their own way. By the time readers reach the end of this series of pages offering possibilities for building a ...more
The drawings are beautiful and detailed and I could likely sit far longer than I had time for, picking out little details. I love that the drawings incorporate a variety of trees and locations, making this book approachable for people with any background or age.

The text was interesting, but I didn't feel like it enhanced the drawings as much as I would like, instead it felt like it took attention away from them, but that may just be my personal feelings.

Overall, I would recommend the book for s
I love this book. I love the almost poetic text. I love the gorgeous illustrations. I love everything about it. My son was as transfixed by it as I was. It reminds me of one of my other favorite children's books, Andrew Henry's Meadow. Full of creativity and magic and imagination. I will be probably gifting this to some nieces and nephews in the near future. ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
All I needed as I slowly enjoyed this book was a treehouse to be sitting in!

Emily Hughes' wonderful imaginative illustrations and fun text combine for a dreamy tour of enticing treehouse designs. This is a book to linger over.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Everything You Need for a Treehouse is also Everything You Need for a Picture Book to Pore Over with Your Little One, Heads Close Together. Beautiful. Not for storytime, for my crowd--(in a quieter storytime, or in a city library storytime, yes) but for everything else.
Camille Wilson
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are luscious and rich, everything you might imagine and dream for a treehouse!
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I now want a treehouse, any of these featured in the book will do.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Beautiful language and fantastic illustrations.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my! I was so looking forward to this book and I can happily say it was absolutely worth the wait! This delightful story, along with Emily Hughes’ charming illustrations transport us into the woods and to that treehouse we’ve always dreamed of owning. It describes the adventures we’ve always hoped of experiencing and are definitely on our wishlist for our children.

This story is a perfect one to read aloud to your little ones of any age as summer vacation begins. You and your kids can allow y
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, favorites
I loved everything about this book. Everything. R definitely needs it in her collection.
I didn't like this book on 1st read through. The vocabulary seemed awkwardly complex and the layout was difficult to follow, but considering that I read it in ebook format on my phone at about 2 a.m., I realized, in the light of day, that I needed to take a closer look. On 2nd read, I realized that I was (and still am) missing a lot because a small screen doesn't capture the nuances of written word woven through detailed illustrations--and that's where I went from "meh" to "whoa." I suspect this ...more
Sandy Brehl
This lush and imaginative picture book engages on every page, revealing both realistic and fantastic aspects of collaborating, constructing, and creatively occupying "a treehouse". The extensive and diverse group of kids make cooperation and old-fashioned "playing outside" look much more appealing than staring at screens.
The illustration details are like eye-magnets, but it is worth turning back to the text to appreciate the extraordinary and lyrical language Higgins uses to turn a simply-title
Alex  Baugh
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book, nature
The idea of a tree house is so appealing to kids. It's a place of their own in which to dream, play, read, invite friends over, maybe even have a sleepover. But, first you need to build a treehouse and, according to this book, "Everything you need for a treehouse starts with time and looking up." From there, the text expands on different ideas for what is needed for an ideal treehouse while the illustrations show wildly fantastic treehouses built by a group of diverse friends. Higgins' lyrical, ...more
Shannon Anicas
Review April 29, 2018

Everything You Need for a Treehouse: By Carter Higgins, Illustrated by Emily Hughes @kidlitexchange #partner Review – all opinions are my own.


@carterhiggins @chroniclebooks @plaidemily


This lovely book is like 2 stories in one book. First, there are the whimsical words penned by @carterhiggins, then the stories within @plaidemily 's illustrations.

I have read this beautiful book several times this weekend and every time I open it's pages I find something new.

The story
Morgan Gilley
This is a delightful book. This is a diverse book because it shows a variety of trees and the items needed to build different types of them. Like a fort, treehouse, clubhouse etc. There are also a few wordy pages but if it is read with gusto then the children will stay interested in what is going to happen with the treehouse. ALso, this book goes through the wood needed which also is diverse because the author lists the specific parts of wood needed for the task.

It has fun text that is sing so
Mister David
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A treehouse (like a fort, a clubhouse, and a tent) is a very cozy place for children to play! It can bring out the best in fun play and imagination. This book starts with that concept and goes on to explore it, celebrate it, enjoy it, and even illustrate it. All of that makes this book a magical, exciting and fun experience. Remember the party in the tree at the end of the book "Go, Dog, Go!" by P.D. Eastman? This entire book is like that, but even more beautiful.

Part of the magical fun comes be
“The best kind of friends share squeezed hands and they come with some guts and a smile.”

First, you need to look up, take some time and imagine when you’re going to build a treehouse. Will your treehouse stand alone so you can spread out wide? Or will it be “one of a soldier in an army of trees” that you will have to look hard in order to find it. You’ll need blueprints, tools and lots of friends to help you. Don’t forget all the extras like a swing, a library and plenty of snacks! Now you have
When I was a kid, I always wished I could have a treehouse. We didn't really have the kinds of trees in our neighborhood that were big enough for that. And if I ever did find a big tree, I didn't have the materials or the know-how to build one. So we always had to settle for trying make cool forts behind the bushes in the backyard. This beautifully written and illustrated picture book helps kids like me live vicariously in the imagined treehouses rendered on the pages. By the time you read about ...more
Patricia Sampson
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful poetic text. Gorgeous illustrations! My four year old and I both adored this book. We've spent a lot of time examining each page and the illustrations have prompted a lot of imaginative narrative from my daughter. She is also now planning her own grand treehouse thanks to this book and imagining what wonderful adventures she could have. "Mommy, can we go to this treehouse and climb all the stairs, and this one to read all of the books, and this one to swing on the swing?! When I have a ...more
Margaret Boling
7/14/2018 ~~ The story contains elements of realism - what to look for when planning a treehouse and elements of fantasy & whimsy as the planned treehouse grows beyond one's wildest hopes. The accompanying illustrations are a mixture of full page and small "bubbles." I heard this read aloud, while the book was projected on a screen. I'd love to go back to re-read and slowly enjoy the details in the illustrations.

It would be interesting to consider using this as a mentor or pattern text in an ele
FM Family
This is one of these stories where I love the concept of all this imaginary treehouse spaces for the reader to explore, and the images are amazing and evocative and ignite the imagination. But the words are just all over the place and don't contribute much even though they should be the core of the book. Felt very influenced by Gyo Fujikawa's Oh What a Busy Day book, but modern and in a way that doesn't have the same...kind of creepy feeling. I think kids will still enjoy reading it and looking ...more
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This lovely read came from Colby Sharp’s recommendation. I loved it so much that I bought it for my daughter’s birthday book as it reminded me of her sense of adventure & creativity. Kids are shown the many dreamy ways they can enjoy treehouse goodness — even if they are still waiting on a tree.

made my list, "Gorgeous Picture Books Capturing Magical, Independent Childhoods:"
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! From the beautiful language to the illustrations that were phenomenal, this is a definite must read for any child who has a treehouse, wants a treehouse and dreams of a treehouse. I paired this book up with a makerspace activity in my library where students designed treehouses out of Keva planks, Legos, and Magnatiles. What they came up with was great and it all stemmed from this book!
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked the language in this book about why you need a treehouse and what you do in one. This uses wonderful language and images- solider in an army of trees, grove of generals, and pirates spitting pistachio shells from the trees. I love the illustrations of sleep overs in the treehouse with multiple friends. Looks like fun to be eating, reading, sleeping, and looking for animals and the sky nearby.
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Carter Higgins is the author of the middle grade novel A Rambler Steals Home (HMH) and three picture books from Chronicle Books: This Is Not a Valentine (illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins), Everything You Need for a Treehouse (illustrated by Emily Hughes), and Bikes for Sale (illustrated by Zachariah Ohora).

Her first picture book as both author and illustrator, Circle Under Berry, releases in 2021

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