Thursday 2 January 2020

Book Review: The Treehouse Joke Book by Andy Griffiths & The Quest Diaries of Max Crack by Jules Faber

Now that Christmas is firmly behind us and the new toys have all been played with parents and children are faced with a long school holiday period to fill.

What is better than books to keep your children occupied and amused. 

Children have the wonderful capacity to read the same book over and over and not be bored with it. Knowing what is going to happen in the story seems to enhance their reading experience, not hinder it. I'm sure you can remember a book you read a gazillion times as a child. 

Today I have two hilarious books that will keep children occupied for hours.

The Treehouse Joke Book
by Andy Griffiths
Illustrated by Terry Denton 

Publisher:Pan Macmillan Australia 
Publication date: 24th September 2019
Imprint: Pan Australia
Genre: Children's / Junior Fiction
Pages: 304
RRP: $12.99AUD
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher

Andy and Terry live in the world's craziest treehouse. They like making books and telling jokes. And now they've made the world's funniest jokebook!

From bears to birds, penguins to pirates and skeletons to space, there are gags galore. Perfect for fans of the Treehouse series!

The Treehouse Joke Book from the best selling authors of the Treehouse Series has 293 pages of rip-roaring, laugh-out-loud jokes. There are bear jokes, dinosaur jokes, music jokes, pirate jokes, space jokes and many more in the 26 different categories of jokes.

Q: What kind of ant is good at maths?
A: An account-ant

Q: Where do books sleep?
A: Between their covers.

Q: Why did the girl tiptoe past the medicine cabinet?
A: She didn't want to wake the sleeping pills.

There are hundreds more! A wonderful book to share with a child, Well, they will need to try the jokes on someone!

The children I shared the book with loved the jokes and thought the book was funny. 

My rating   4/5
Photo credit: Macmillan Aus
Andy Griffiths is one of Australia's most popular children's authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 30 bestselling books since their first title, Just Tricking, was published in 1997.

In Australia Andy and Terry's books have sold over 10 million copies, won 80 children's choice awards and 10 Australian Book Industry Awards-including Book of the Year for The 52-Storey Treehouse in 2015. 

Andy is a passionate advocate for literacy and in 2015 was awarded the Dromkeen Medal to honour his outstanding contribution to Australian children's literature. He is also an ambassador for both The Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Pyjama Foundation.

About the Illustrator

Photo credit: Macmillan Aus

Terry Denton is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. His work is mainly humour-based cartoon style.

Terry Denton has illustrated bestsellers such as the JUST! series and the Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths. He has three children and is the owner of a back garden burial ground for dead pets. 

This review is part of the Book Lover Book Review Aussie Author Challenge 

The Quest Diaries of Max Crack 
Jules Faber

Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Publication date: 27th August 2019
Imprint: Pan Australia
Genre: Children's / Junior Fiction
Pages: 204
RRP: $12.99AUD
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher

Hi everyone! I'm Max Crack and this awesome book is all about me and my quests and my best friend Frankie!
Buried treasure, new school, doodles, peanut butter and honey toast, best friends, horrible blobs, mysteries, Meddlyslop, spelling bees (hard words, harder words), more doodles, comics, World War Undies ... this book has it ALL. 

Written in diary form we follow Max as he traverses the minefield that is the New Kid in town.
It's Max's first day in Piddown and Max makes a list of things he wants to achieve - his quest.
1. Make a best friend
2. Explore the new town
3. Win a trophy
4. Solve a mystery
5. Get my picture in the paper
On his first day out he meets Frankie and they quickly become firm friends. Max is an only child and Frankie is one of eight. Through Frankie, Max learns about sharing and the ups and downs of friendship and that it involves give and take. Together they compete in the spelling bee, earn some pocket money and solve a mystery.

The Quest Diaries is a story with lots of humour. Not only told in the written word but also very visual with different fonts, funny drawings and etchings. Some of the story is told in comic form. There are lots of fart jokes, gross stuff and embarrassing moments. All the things kids love to read and laugh about.

There are blank pages at the end of the book to write your own quest list and sketch a picture or two.

My rating  4/5

Jules Faber is a cartoonist and illustrator, most well-known for illustrating the WeirDo series by comedian Anh Do, for which they've won multiple awards, including Book of the Year for Older Children at the Australian Book Industry Awards.
He's also illustrated David Warner's 'Kaboom Kid' series, Michael Pryor's 'Leo Da Vinci' series, Alex Ratt's Stinky Street Stories and some of Dr Karl Kruszelnicki's science books.
When he's not illustrating books, Jules loves reading books and graphic novels, and collecting comics. He has served four, two-year terms as the President of the Australian Cartoonists Association and is a Member of the CBCA NSW Committee.

This review is part of the Book Lover Book Review Aussie Author Challenge


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