Tree Soup

by Joel Stewart

Reading Age: 8+

Interest level: 7+

A Stanley Wells mystery

by Joel Stewart

Waking up one morning to find that his home has been invaded by giant trees, Stanley also discovers that his mum, stepfather and his annoying new twin brothers have been turned into trees.


Only Stanley and his cat, now resident in an old caravan in the garden to escape the twins’ crying, remain unaffected, and they set out with Dr Moon to return the family to normal. The solution seems to lie with a mysterious pirate neighbour...


The author’s plentiful humorous illustrations enliven this short novel, which allows young readers beset by new family circumstances to work through their concerns vicariously and reassuringly.


Publisher: Doubleday

About the author

  • Joel Stewart

    Joel Stewart was brought up in a commune in the wilds of Yorkshire. From an early age he was knocked sideways by stories, and invariably lay on the floor drawing pictures to recover. Later, in the year 2000, he graduated with a first class degree in Illustration from Falmouth College of Art. Ever since graduating (and slightly before) he has been writing and drawing for a living, and has recently moved into animation design and directing for television (while not forgetting books!). He also plays a variety of musical instruments and lives with them and some fish in London.


    Joel was selected as one of Book Trust's Best New Illustrators in 2008.


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