The Terrible Two by Jory John & Mac Barnett Book Review

The Terrible Two by Jory John & Mac Barnett
Illustrations by Kevin Cornell
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 13, 2015

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing: cows. In his old school, he was known as one of the town's best pranksters, but at his new school, Miles soon learns that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster and boy is he is good. The mystery kid offers to work with Miles, to combine their pranking skills, but Miles refuses. Thus begins the prank war where epic trickery that forces both boys to up their pranking games.

Mac Barnett writes some funny stuff. Jory Jon writes some funny stuff. The two together is just scary. This early middle grade reader is almost perfect in its conceit and wonderfully executed. The pranks are epic, with just enough fantasy adventure thrown in to not offend adults. The Yawnee Valley prankster is rather obvious, (not only because the cover gives it away) but one feels that Miles might actually deserve to have a couple of pranks played on him for once. He is so assured of his pranking genius, but what happens when you meet the ultimate prankster? Miles seeks glory, but his enemy seeks only the genius of the prank. I laughed out loud a number of times and would be perfect for the kid who may be a little too young for the Wimpy Kid series. I am not sure if this is a planned series, but I look forward to more pranks from Miles and Niles.