Monday, November 24, 2014

A Book Full of Shenanigans

One of my favorite authors is at it again with a book full of pranks and shenanigans!  What kids wouldn't love that?  Mac Barnett is a wickedly talented writer and just an all around funny guy whose humor shines through in his stories.  How lucky is that?

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Title:The Terrible Two

Authors:Mac Barnett and Jory John

Target: Grades 2-6

Series:This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about: 
Miles Murphy was the best prankster at his old school.  When he moves, he knows that the will regain his title at the new school with a few well placed pranks. But when he gets there, he finds the school already has an epic prankster.  What ensues is a prank war of monumental proportions, but just when things seem dire, the two decide to join forces to pull off the biggest prank their school has ever seen.

Why I love this book: 
Who wouldn’t fall in love with a book that comes complete with a prankster oath?  There are standards you know!  I appreciated that the emphasis was on clever pranks and not ones that were unkind. And of course I can’t forget the plethora of cow facts included in the story. No good book is complete without them I often say.

The one problem with this book is the slower beginning.  It takes about half the book to set up the premise and the characters, but things really get going when the prank war begins.  If your kids don’t take to the book immediately, encourage them to stick with it because the humor and fun factor jump up considerably when the competition is in full force.

Kevin Cornell does the illustrations in this books and they are fabulous.  He perfectly captures the charm and exaggerated silliness of the story.

Who this book is for: 
With plenty of illustrations and large type, this book will appeal to younger and reluctant readers, but the premise of the story is fun for all kids.

Final thoughts: 
I am absolving myself of all liability from the shenanigans that may be perpetrated by your kids after reading this book.  Let the pranks begin.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: The Terrible Two  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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