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The 39-Story Treehouse: 01/16/17
The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton is the third in the series about a pair of friends who live in a treehouse and write books. Well, they write books whenever their publisher Mr. Big Nose demands one; the rest of the time they add to their house and goof off.
This time the pair learn a hard lesson: how to balance work and play. They've always been master procrastinators. Now they take it too far. They have a machine they believe will write and illustrate the book for them. It's art without the heart and soul.
What happens next is a comedic mixture of horror and existential crisis. It is in the same realm of story telling, albeit done in a lighter tone, as a die unendliche Geshichte by Michael Ende, and The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas.