From a grandparent:
I am writing to express my deepest thank you for what your books have done for my grandson. He is 10 years old and has autism. My daughter, who had tried on many occasions to try and get him to listen to a story, introduced one of your books to him. Instead of “tuning out” as he normally did, he started to listen, giggle and get interested. This has continued over the months and it reached the point that he would sit beside her and would be reading ahead of her. He even took to reading on his own as he wanted to know what was going to happen! It has been a wonderful revelation to us all and opened a door to him that seemed irrevocably closed.
From an Early Literacy Teacher
I work with children who are challenged with reading. They work very hard to decode words and make sense of what they’re reading. Your books are my students absolute FAVOURITE! They are simple and crazy—when they read your books they laugh, read and feel confident in their ability. So I just want to say THANK YOU for helping me help my students to feel successful & happy.
From a parent:
I wanted to thank you for the enormously positive impact you and your books have had on our son. As far as school was concerned he was below average and that’s the message he took home with him every day. We tried everything we could to help him see himself as a learner, not the least of which were dozens of trips to the bookshop to find something—anything—to turn him onto reading. He told us that the books he was able to read were the books that the kids at school knew were for “slow kids” and laughed at him for reading. The wonderful staff came to our rescue with your books. “Everyone is reading these,” they said. “All ages, boys and girls, and they’re great.” That day—quite literally (and I hate the overuse of that word!) changed our lives! He read The 13-Storey Treehouse and was hooked. His father and I cried when he finished, came out of his room beaming and said “I’m a reader! I can read! Finally!” From there, he’s been through most of your books, he’s read Enid Blyton and Captain Underpants and EVERYTHING he can get his hands on. You have turned his life around, given him confidence and opened doors for him that until recently were firmly shut.
From a primary school teacher:
I have a class of Year 5 and 6 students, top heavy with boys. Last month I purchased a set of six books each of the 13, 26 and 39 Storey Treehouse series as I have a group of 7 reluctant readers. I have introduced them to your books and in just one week, it has been amazing to see the change in their attitude towards reading. One boy was sitting at the back of the class, giggling to himself. He then couldn’t wait to share with me what he’d been reading about. One girl started The 13-Storey Treehouse before school in the morning. She read for 30 minutes before school and then another 45 minutes during reading, during lunch and any other opportunity she had. She finished the book by the end of the day. Another boy commented, “I didn’t really like reading last term, but now I love it.” I now have other students in my class queuing up to read your books. I can see a change in the children already, and can see that they are starting to see how enjoyable reading can be.
The Treehouse series was the first book series I ever read. I never really liked reading but when I read your books I started to like to read! So I started to read more of your books and they were great so I thought that reading was fun.
Thank you for making the best book that inspires kids to like reading. I liked this book because it had a lot of action. Even though I’m still a kid, I want to be a writer. Your book made me start liking reading.
If it wasn’t for you I would not be a confident reader. So thanks. Also I am excited for the next story tree house. You are my favourite author.
Thank you for making me love reading. You really changed my life with your book.
I like your stories they are so interesting to read. I used to not like to read but from the first sentence of the 13 Storey Treehouse I knew I would like it. Now I’m on the 65 Storey Treehouse.
You are my favourite author. Ever since I have been reading your books, I have become more confident in my lessons. As part of my homework I have to write a letter to my idol. I have chosen you because until I discovered your stories, I hated reading
I came to see you do a talk. I really liked you and was so interested. I have not really been interested in reading until I came to see you. I now can’t put your books down! I have all of them!
I am a Year 4 student. At the beginning of the year, I didn’t really like to read chapter books. My friend Harry was reading your book The 39-Storey Treehouse and was laughing while he was reading it. Then Harry suggested I might like to read it too. So I did. I am now hooked on your Treehouse books. Thank you so much for your Treehouse books and can you suggest any other books for me to read?