Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley Book Review

Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date; April 12, 2016

Two sisters are sent outside to play, but one is far more interested in her book than playing. Her sister regales her with long descriptions of a cool fort that they could build, making it more and more fantastical with every turn of the page. Nothing seems to phase her sister though. Nothing that is, until the promise of a secret.

We never had a tree fort growing up. Instead we had planks of wood that we would wedge between two branches that allowed for a place to sit. But in our imaginations we had the entire Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. It was one of our favorite games and we often freaked our neighbors out as we climbed higher and higher. Which is why this book really captured my imagination. I found myself pausing on each page, imagining how one would make a trap door to look at the stars. How cool it would have been to have a lookout. What I would have done if I had a tree house like that when I was little. What I would do if I had a tree house like that now. Yes, I did start imagining what my grown-up tree house would look like. The illustrations were lovely, but simplistic enough that the reader can imagine this tree house as their own.