Monday, March 23, 2015

MMGM: The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett


Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.

It’s prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.

In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time.


Out of the many, many books I've read over my lifetime, I can safely say that I've never read one quite like The Terrible Two.  Which isn't two surprising considering Mac Barnett is one of the authors.  His books are always a bit wacky, in a fun way of course.  I'm not particularly big on pranks myself, I think they cause too much trouble, but I did quite enjoy this book.  The magnitude and quality of the pranks that Miles and his opponent conjure up are quite impressive.  It would be easier to be sympathetic to the target of most of these pranks (Principal Barkin) if he wasn't such a unlikeable character.  This is definitely one of those kids versus adults sort of books, which child readers will love and will lead adult readers to roll their eyes at the absurdity of it all (and maybe chuckle a little off to the side).  The illustrations add a nice touch, emphasizing the ridiculousness of it all.

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