The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, review by Melissa Fox
Miles Murphy has always been the King of Pranks. He was always the one
being the trickster, always the one with the last word. And always the most
popular because of that.
Then he and his mom move to Yawnee Valley -- “the cow capital of the
United States, this side of the Mississippi, excluding a couple of towns
that cheat." -- a place that is exciting as it sounds. On the first day of
school at Yawnee Science and Letters Academy, all new students get a
booklet of cow facts. This is the speed Miles is running at now. And yet,
Miles is finding it difficult to get a prank in. Especially since the bar
-- the principal's car parked on the front steps -- is set really high.
Principal Barkin is one of those Obviously Stupid Adults, and assigns Miles
the oh-so-obvious (and oh-so-lame) Niles to keep an eye on him. And so
Miles plans what he thinks is a spectacular prank. And is utterly foiled.
Thus starts a Pranking War that escalates for the rest of the school year.
Quite liberally scattered with both illustrations AND ridiculous cow facts,
this is milk-snorting-through-the-nose hilarious.
It's perfect for both the reluctant readers who need something silly to
keep them turning pages and other readers who just want something to tickle
their funny bone. It's got some good conflict, even though the characters
are pretty much caricatures. But the thing that shines in this slim middle
reader book are the clever and creative pranks, including the best. ever.
prank. at the end.