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The Terrible Two

The Terrible Two
Mac Barnett and Jory John
Harry N. Abrams, 2015
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but 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 and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud.

The Terrible Two is a good read alike for Wimpy Kid and Roald Dahl fans - with a dash of the TV show The Office. Honestly, because of the role of the principal, it reminded me more of a Roald Dahl book (ahem, Matilda.) As an adult, I thought, “Why are these authors giving readers these crazy ideas?! A real kid would get caught and be in SO MUCH TROUBLE. At least the pranks are completely unrealistic for a kid to carry out. And getting along and finding friends shouldn’t come with CONDITIONS.” Then my inner child kicked in, and I thought, “Man, this is hilarious. I wish I could get away with something like that!” Kind of like when I was watching Home Alone. So unrealistic, but what kid didn’t want to be like Kevin? Or how everyone knows that Greg Heffley is a jerk, but he teaches kids what NOT to do while making them laugh. All in all, it was a funny book that kids will enjoy.