Once again, I owe my thanks to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy of a truly outstanding book, a book that is now on the must-purchase list for my school library. That book is The Terrible Two and is brought to readers by the superb team of Jory John, Mac Barnett, and Kevin Cornell. If this book turns into a series, I predict that it will leave Diary of a Wimpy Kid in its dust. Yeah, it’s that good, and it appeals to readers of all ages. If I’d been reading this anywhere other than the comfort of my own home, I would have been publicly humiliated by all of the snort-laughing going on. (Granted, I am rather immature at times, but who isn’t? This book is perfect for the precocious child in all of us.)
Miles Murphy has just moved to boring Yawnee Valley–where cows outnumber people–and he’s not happy about it. He’s left his school, friends, home, and reputation as a top-notch prankster behind, and he has to start over in a town where he doesn’t know anyone. To make everything worse, it seems this town already has a prankster, and, loathe as he is to admit it, this prankster may be even better than Miles. How can Miles possibly make himself known as the best prankster with this other guy running around?
When the two boys final reveal themselves to each other, the Prankster King of Yawnee Valley wants to combine forces with Miles. He thinks they’d make a great team, but Miles wants none of it. He’s sure he can beat this guy, and he seeks to prove it. Miles’ solution to his dilemma is a prank war. (Yeah…this will end well.)
Miles tries his best to pull the ultimate prank and get a leg up on the other guy, but he’s always foiled at the last minute. Can it be that Miles is not the prankster he always thought he was? Nah…that can’t be it.
Finally, Miles has enough of his ill-advised prank war, and he decides to join forces with his former nemesis to form the Terrible Two, surely destined to be the greatest pranking duo of all time. This twosome devises the most epic prank ever seen in Yawnee Valley, a prank that people will talk about for years. A prank that may have the power to take their enemies down a notch or two. A prank that, if all goes according to plan, will cement their status in the International Order of Disorder.
Can Miles and his new partner-in-crime pull off this most awesome of pranks? Find out when you read The Terrible Two, written by Jory John and Mac Barnett and illustrated by Kevin Cornell!
The Terrible Two will be released on January 13th, and I will have it in my library as soon as humanly possible. Kids–particularly those who are on the mischievous side–will surely identify with the utterly charming characters and their thought processes. (My students will especially identify with much of this book. My school is right down the road from a dairy. Read the book, and you’ll understand exactly what I mean.) The writing and illustrations are equally hilarious, and I look forward to many laugh-out-loud moments as students devour this book in the library.
The Terrible Two is an essential purchase for any library that serves elementary or middle grade readers, in my humble opinion.
I sincerely hope we see more of The Terrible Two in future books. This book is simply too awesome to stand alone.