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I saw there were really good reviews on this book and yes, the beginning of this book is silly and fun. However, there is a chapter in the middle that scared my 8-year old son so much he quite reading the book and couldn’t sleep that night. I must preface, we do not let our son watch anything scary on tv, he’s only 8, so this chapter was very traumatizing to him. It starts out silly with a sea-monkey turning into a mermaid. It then gets a little too adult when the mermaid wants him to live with her and get married and in order to get married they have to kiss. When the mermaid thinks no one is looking she has turned into a scary sea monster with tentacles coming out of her head, big buck teeth and horrific face. The monster goes onto to say things like:"I’ll lure him down beneath the water, and then his body I will slaughter. Oh, how I’ll enjoy devouring him- I’ll tear him apart, limb from limb. I’ll eat his eyes and ears and noes and suck the marrow from his toes. I’ll crush his puny pea-brained head and grind his bones to make my bread. "Later, she does try to attack the two boys and tries to eat them, but the boys win by using their shrink machine. I’m just surprised no on has mentioned this part in the reviews. I just want to warn parents who might not want their child reading that. Check it out!
From School Library Journal Gr 3-5-Andy and Terry live in a treehouse. In addition to the normal rooms found in a house, it has a theater and library, a bowling alley, and a games room. The boys write and illustrate books, and are far behind on their deadline for their publisher, Mr. Big Nose. They bicker and procrastinate and experience many adventures and misadventures. Wacky stories about flying cats, a monster mermaid, a treehouse full of monkeys, and a banana-seeking giant gorilla will entertain and delight readers. Fun cartoons on every page will engage them and inspire giggles. The situations are described and illustrated so completely that readers will be instantly transported to the fantastic world of the 13-story treehouse. Fans of Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”(Abrams) and Lincoln Peirce’s “Big Nate” series (HarperCollins) will be drawn to this book, while parents will enjoy the absence of snarky humor.-Erica Thorsen Payne, Meriwether Lewis Elementary School, Charlottesville, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. –This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
The 13-Storey Treehouse MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged by Andy Griffiths (Author) Review
Admittedly sexist. Was enjoying until the (SPOILER) the mermaid becomes a love interest that seduces (don’t worry, it’s G-rated seduction) the boy but she’s really an evil sea witch who wants to eat him, or some crap like that. Great (sarcasm) — just what we need — more examples for young boys about the only girl characters being those who use their beauty and charm as a means of deception and evil. This actually had me giggling (who am only reading it because I’m a children’s librarian — this kind of book isn’t normally my thing) for quite a while, but once I hit the mermaid stuff, it wiped the smile right off my face. -Read Reviews-
My son loves this, however he was scared of the sea monster who talks about eating your skin. It is a bit violent on those couple of pages. My son required me to tape that section of the book closed so we don’t encounter that again.
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