By Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Macmillan Children’s Books)
Look what’s just come out! Fans of the Tree House series will be thrilled to know there’s a new book out filled with silly stories.
The stories revolve around Andy, Terry and Jill, all characters from the Tree House series. They follow the hugely successful style of silly, fantastical stories about crazy and wild things happening to the group of friends in their magical treehouse.
Like eating a pencil sharpener, or being flushed down a toilet, or shrinking themselves down so they can climb into Terry’s brain and unblock it. I must say that could come in handy!
Laughter is the best medecine
Humour is so important in getting children to love reading, plus the skill of being able to make puns and jokes is more important than previously understood. Studies show that having a sense of humour is a physical and mental health boost, and of course it’s easier to make friends when you know how to laugh at others and yourself. Being silly is a skill we should nurture more.
Getting a joke is a sign of intelligence
According to cognitive psychologists, understanding and creating a joke requires you to process three mental operations:
- Mentally represent the set up of the joke.
- Detect an incongruity in its various interpretations.
- Resolve the incongruity by setting side the literal, non-funny interpretations, and appreciating the meaning of the funny one.
It’s clear that encouraging our children’s sense of humour is important, plus it’s so much more fun when they know how to make themselves, and others, laugh. Oh, and this is not about being the life and soul of the party, but about seeing the light side of life more often.
Bonus: The stories are fully illustrated, making this the perfect read for age 7 – 11.
You can order Treehouse Tales now for the school holidays! Just drop us an email and we’ll send you all the details!