Monday, 2 March 2015

Review: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

Publisher: Amulet Books
Format: Hardcover / paperback
Released: March 3rd, 2015
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

Miles Murphy had it made. He lived in a great town near the ocean, he had two best friends, and, most importantly, he had a reputation for being his town's best prankster. All of which explains why he's not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. Worse than that, 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 in order to pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder (a loose confederacy of pranksters that flourished a couple of centuries ago) proud. 


The Terrible Two is a fun new middle grade title that's sure to appeal to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate series. It's funny and a bit mad, making it the perfect book for any younger readers out there. I can't wait to see what happens next for the Terrible Two, and I just hope other books in the series are as good as this one!

Miles unfortunately has to move to Yawnee Valley, a place where basically there are just lots of cows and a population of only 9980. He starts school at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy where he plans to be the best prankster on campus, until he discovers that the school already has its own (very good) prankster! At first Miles is in competition with this mysterious prankster, until he decides that two pranks is better than one...

I've always loved a good prank, so this book is right up my street. It's full of crazy pranks, jokes and rivalries that will keep any reader entertained, and it's also got underlying themes of bullying and friendship that will strike a chord with many a school student out there. Kevin Cornell provides brilliant illustrations that make The Terrible Two even better, especially when all the pranks come to life. The Terrible Two is a great new addition to middle grade fiction and I think this series will only get better. Count me in for the next book!

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