Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

by Jory John and Mac Barnett
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell

This week's pick is from Cottager Jamie Michalak.

What it's all about... 
Bestselling authors Mac Barnett and Jory John team up for a terribly funny chapter book about a Prank War between two master pranksters--Miles and Niles.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf... 

Because we could read about the Terrible Two til the cows come home. Kevin Cornell's art, with its bug-eyed characters, is laugh-out-loud funny.

Our favorite line...
Although Miles's pranking notebook contained contingency plans for "Tornado," "Bird Attack," and "Food Poisoning," there was nothing in there for "Your Fictional Character Becomes Real, Pulls a Green Pail Out from Behind the Gazebo, and Throws Footballs into the Crowd," which is what was happening right now.

Our favorite illustrations... 

From THE TERRIBLE TWO by Jory John and Mac Barnett. Illustrations copyright 2015 by Kevin Cornell.

Why kids will love it...  
Rubber chickens! The Prankster's Oath! Catapulting pies! What's not to love?
Why grown-ups will love it...

The Terrible Two will get kids reading. This reviewer's eight-year-old assistant--a top prankster as evidenced by EXHIBIT A*--kept swiping her copy when she wasn't looking. 

*EXHIBIT A: "The Pranking Play" created by the reviewer's assistant in first grade. He pranked the class so many times that his teacher gave up and encouraged him to perform his best pranks as a play.

"The Pringcking Play"


  1. Jamie, if your assistant lets go of the book long enough, will you send it my way so I can give it to my kids who are also fond of "pringcking?" ;)

  2. Will do! But beware--you might have to watch your step for the next few days after they read it.