The 91-Storey Treehouse launch

On Tuesday August 8th, the fans of The Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton were bursting with excitement all over Australia! It was FINALLY the release day for their hugely anticipated sixth book The 91- Storey Treehouse.

Some very lucky students from our school attended The 91- Storey Treehouse book launch after school last Tuesday afternoon at the Melbourne Town Hall. One of the mums said that the line waiting to go into the Town Hall was half way up Collins Street. It was like lining up for a rock concert! Well, Andy and Terry are the rock stars of Australian children’s books and it is fabulous that they have children lining up to meet them because they write books that kids want to read and make reading fun!

We heard that Andy and Terry played a great trick on the audience when they told them close their eyes and imagine being in the world’s most powerful waterfall and then they got out water guns and sprayed the audience! They also had fun playing ‘Spin and Win’ with kids from the audience and there were also huge hairy spiders and rainbows….which will all make sense when you read their book!

These two lucky people had no idea they were going to the book launch when their mum collected them from school. Imagine their excitement when they were told…

These boys lined up after the book launch for over an hour for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Andy, Terry and Jill. One of these boys also met Sally Rippin a few weeks ago…I wonder which author he will go to meet next?

This Treehouse fan couldn’t wait to start reading his copy of  The 91- Storey Treehouse before the book launch even started! This what he wrote about the book launch…

On the 8th of August, we went to The 91-Storey-Treehouse book launch. I went with my friend Ben. My favourite part was the big red button because I didn’t know what it was going to do. Afterwards we went to a restaurant. it was good! 


An Alien Zoo workshop with Adrian Beck and Heath McKenzie

This week I caught up with one of our Year Three students who along with a handful of other keen St Martin’s students went along to a workshop during the school holidays with the talented and funny Adrian Beck and Heath McKenzie. It was a writing and illustrating workshop based on their new novel The Alien Zoo…and You

 This is what our GUEST BLOGGER had to say…

Heath and Adrian began by explaining how they made the book. Adrian’s ideas came from visiting the animals at the zoo with his daughters and that got his imagination going. Heath explained that he does a rough sketch of an alien and then a good copy over the top and then adds the details and colour. He drew an alien from the book and used three of the kids in the workshop as a ‘human easel’.

We also had fun acting out being aliens from the book using objects from a basket. I had to be a flurp alien from Mars and they communicate with burps. Heath and Adrian mixed up ingredients to make a mixture that would make me do flurp burps. They added coca cola, milk, pepper, tuna, mayonnaise  and ice magic – gross! Luckily I didn’t have to drink it because Adrian and Heath played a game of  ‘Paper, Scissors, Rock’ to decide who the loser would be and that person had to drink the mixture…Adrian lost!

Adrian and Heath brainstormed ideas to create aliens with us and we used those ideas to create our own aliens. This is the alien I created.

Thank you Adrian and Heath for so much fun and thank you Heath for not making me drink the flurp burp mixture!

Year 4 Sleepover with a story from Tristan Bancks

One of my favourite things to do as a Teacher Librarian is read the Bedtime Story for the Year 4 Sleepover.

Our library has a truly magical feeling at night and you almost expect our book toys to come to life at any moment. Our Story Chair was waiting for the Year 4s and set the scene for the evening with a caricature of Tom Weekly and his latest book My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins by Tristan Bancks. After dinner the students arrived at the library door warm and comfy in their pajamas bursting with excitement and anticipation and eager for their bedtime story.

The story I had chosen for the evening was called The Good Boy. In this story, Tom Weekly planned to be good for 24 hours. Despite some close calls at school during the day, Tom had managed to keep his cool and not get into any trouble. When he arrived home after being good for eight and a half hours he thought the remaining five hours before bedtime would be easy. Wrong! Tom discovered he had left their dog Bando inside while he was at school and Bando had eaten all the ingredients Tom had left on the bench for the French dessert project he had to make and photograph that afternoon! The Year Fours groaned and laughed as Tom came up with a very unique solution for his project by creating ‘Mousse au Chocolate de Bando’. After this story I’m sure many of the students will not look at chocolate mousse in quite the same way again…

Thanks for a fun bedtime story in the library 4G, 4O and 4VT!

The World’s Worst Children 2

There were quite a few excited students when I showed them our copies of David Walliams new book The World’s Worst Children 2 and I’ve noticed some keen students have their own copies of the book already! I’m looking forward to sharing some of these stories during library classes. 

Watch the video below (there’s no sound) as it introduces the next ten World’s Worst Children. 

You can also read a brief description of each child HERE 

I wonder which of the children in this new volume of stories will be your choice for worst child…or if YOU are like any of them in some way? 

Do you have an idea for a child for David Walliams’ next book? Add it in the comments if you do…

The 91-Storey Treehouse

The 91- Storey Treehouse is going to be launched in Melbourne with Andy, Terry and Jill on Tuesday, August 8th at 4.30pm at the Melbourne Town Hall. If you want to be there for all the crazy fun then you will need to follow the link to book your ticket NOW! Tickets are $25 and include a signed copy of the book.

“Join Andy and Terry in their now 91-storey spectacular treehouse. They’ve added thirteen new levels, including the world’s most powerful whirlpool, a mashed-potato-and-gravy train and a human pinball machine. Why not try your luck on the spin-and-win prize wheel or hang out in a giant spider web (with a giant spider), or you can always get your fortune told by Madam Know-it-all or eat a submarine sandwich the size of an actual submarine while deciding whether or not to push the big red button . . .”

Well, what are you waiting for? Come on up!