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January 2015

The perfect prank

By Jory John & Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Miles Murphy is not happy about starting at a new school in the snoringly boring town of Yawnee Valley. The only thing that might make this OK is becoming the greatest prankster the school has ever seen. Miles was proud of his reputation as “King Prankster” at his old school, even if it meant that some of his friends didn’t like hanging out with him anymore.
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Miles Murphy is not happy about starting at a new school in the snoringly boring town of Yawnee Valley. The only thing that might make this OK is becoming the greatest prankster the school has ever seen. Miles was proud of his reputation as “King Prankster” at his old school, even if it meant that some of his friends didn’t like hanging out with him anymore.

On the first day of school, however, Miles discovers that there is already a pretty awesome prankster among the students: Niles Sparks, apparent goody two-shoes. Niles would like to team up with Miles, but Miles isn’t having it. It takes some pranks gone wrong to convince Miles that together—as the Terrible Two—he and Niles could be legendary.

This story by veteran children’s author Mac Barnett and his longtime friend Jory John is absolutely hilarious. The illustrations by Kevin Cornell add just the right flavor to the comic writing. With genius pranks, a purple-faced principal and lots of cows, there’s something here for everyone.

 

This article was originally published in the January 2015 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

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The Terrible Two

The Terrible Two

By Jory John & Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
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