The 156-Story Treehouse: Holiday Havoc!

Feiwel & Friends. (The Treehouse Books: Bk. 12). Sept. 2023. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250850188.
Gr 3-5–Griffiths and Denton are back for a new adventure in their 156-story treehouse (13 stories have been added to the treehouse since the last book). Andy introduces readers to all the cool things inside the treehouse, including a bouldering alley, which is like bowling but with boulders; an aquarium with their pet axolotl, Quazjex; and even an enigma machine. Andy and Terry’s shenanigans include elements of fairy tales; their book publisher, Mr. Big Nose; 12 Santas (created when Santa falls into the cloning machine); and Jill—who, of course, saves the day. Intricate pen illustrations add to the story on every page, and readers will be able to combine words and illustrations to create a more thorough understanding of the storylines. The vocabulary is on-point, with a few words that will add to readers’ vernacular, such as “Gorgonzola” and “axolotl.” Readers will laugh out loud at the jokes in this humorous story. With a tagline like Holiday Havoc, even the most reluctant reader is in for a wild ride.
VERDICT Readers of the “Dogman” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series will embrace this story.

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