New ‘Treehouse’ collaboration to raise funds for children’s literacy
Pan Macmillan Australia has announced it will publish a new ‘Treehouse’ short story by creators Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, called Terry’s Dumb Dot Story.
Available on 27 February, the new 64-page story will retail for $2 (including GST) in Australia and New Zealand, with the full RRP amount for every copy (excluding GST) to be donated to a range of children’s charities, including the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Dymocks Children’s Charities, the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, and Save the Children in Australia, and Oxfam and the KidsCan Charitable Trust in New Zealand.
Griffiths described Terry’s Dumb Dot Story as ‘a mini-Treehouse adventure in which illustrator Terry takes over the storytelling duties with (predictably!) disastrous results until Andy steps in to save the day … and only makes things worse’. ‘As a bonus, all proceeds will go to children’s charities (so maybe letting Terry tell the story won’t turn out to have been such a bad idea after all!),’ said Griffiths.
Pan Macmillan said it expects the amount raised to exceed $120,000. ‘We are delighted to acknowledge that this has been made possible by the donation of content, time and services from Andy and Terry, ADS and McPherson’s Printing Group. We would also like to thank the retailers who have joined all of us to support children’s charities with a focus on literacy,’ said the publisher in a statement.
Terry’s Dumb Dot Story will also be published in the UK for £1 for World Book Day on 1 March.