“I had a lot of fun reading last year’s entries, although there were so many interesting and well-told stories in such a wide range of styles that picking a winner was harder than ever.
Congratulations to everyone who entered the competition—so great to see you all writing such entertaining and imaginative stories.”
— Andy Griffiths
The Andy Griffiths Kids’ Writing Competition
It was such a pleasure reading these lively, funny, surprising, silly, exciting and well imagined treehouse stories. Congratulations to everybody who entered—you clearly had a lot of fun writing and illustrating your stories and I had a lot of fun reading them. You all made me laugh out loud many, many times—thank you.
The Tree House Hospital for Babies
By Sasha Mackenzie
A beautiful story, really well imagined and realised with lots of fun wordplay. The accompanying illustration is sensational and fully alive with characters and their conversations. A pleasure to read and, I’m sure, a pleasure for all the mothers and babies who go there.
The 2613th Storey Treehouse
by Sarah Cassidy
Sarah’s story hits the ground running with an bold imaginative start: “It has been 201 years since our great grandpas, Andy and Terry started building this spectacular treehouse.” There’s a very funny poem, a very silly story, a cranky publisher called Mr Big Toes and a 27km jelly bean pit—what’s not to like?
TIED FOR 3RD PLACE
Living in a Crazy Treehouse
By Anna Gerber
I love how Anna has imagined her own high personal and original treehouse, rendered believable by the use of lots of small entertaining details (eg. A level full of I-pod trashing horses and a candy bar where Iguanas sell Rotten-fish-flavoured candy canes!)
By Alexander Tang
Alexander has found a way to incorporate what I suspect are a few of his favourite things (Ninja Turtles, Lego and Treehouse books) in a lively and quite mad comic adventure with fabulous illustrations to match.
The Blowers (note: I’ve made up this title as none was supplied.)
By Xavier Dunn
5 year old Xavier Dunn has clearly had a blast writing and illustrating this wild ride of a story—really struck a chord with me because I, too, really hate naughty fire blowers and old train shed trains.