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Every day is April Fools' Day. Pure heaven for the prankster, Pranklopedia is as indispensable a compilation of pranks as Jokelopedia is a collection of jokes.
Written by longtime Nickelodeon Magazine editor in chief Julie Winterbottom, Pranklopedia is a complete prank encyclopedia. It includes over 70 pranks, with step-by-step directions; a full-color, sixteen-page insert of supplementary materials, including "tasty" soup can labels (mmm, Cream of Sparrow Soup!) and a "winning" lottery ticket; recipes for such essential prank-stuff as fake snot, fake vomit, fake ice cream; tips on how to pull the perfect prank; profiles of famous pranks and pranksters; even a prank woven right into the book--spot the fake entries in the Prankster Hall of Fame.
As for the pranks themselves--they're priceless. Classics like short sheeting the bed and the dancing dollar. There's the crude--mouse turds in ice--and really crude--make fake, edible dog poop. And there are pranks especially good to pull on your parents-- deliver the "Take Your Teacher Home Day" letter from school and watch them freak out.
One word of caution: Use common sense in deciding how often to use Pranklopedia, or you might find yourself looking for a new place to live.
"Winterbottom, a former editor-in-chief at Nickelodeon magazine, gathers 72 good-natured pranks that shouldn't cause any long-term rifts, but will still have the desired effect. Organized alphabetically, the pranks each open with a comic from Allen, followed by clear written instructions; profiles of famous pranksters like Benjamin Franklin and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as great moments in prankdom, are interspersed. There's a wealth of clever mischief within, from a surefire way to win arm-wrestling contests (hide some mushy banana in your palm) to more advanced tricks, like screen-saver sabotage or creating fake squirting blisters. Ages 8 12. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Pranklopedia is the young practical joker's secret weapon, a boisterous collection of over 70 guaranteed-to-amuse (or annoy) pranks to be pulled on friends, siblings, and parents. Discover the Homework Hoax, the Squirting Blister, the Movie Popcorn That Grabs You Back. Pull classic pranks on your siblings, like short-sheeting the bed. Freak out your friends with food pranks: a self-peeling banana, "misfortune" cookies, or ice cream that will make them scream (here's a hint--it involves instant mashed potatoes). And there are perfect pranks to pull on your parents, including a scheme to "freeze" the family computer.
The book includes recipes for fake bird poop, fake dog poop, fake vomit, and fake snot (regular, nosebleed, and wormy varieties). Plus you'll find 40 pages of cutout pranks: fake labels (mmm...Cream of Sparrow Soup ), a "winning" lottery ticket, bogus bathroom signs, and letters from school that will make your parents cringe.
A complete prankster's guide, Pranklopedia also provides a four-part lesson on how to pull the perfect prank and tells you what to do when pranks go bad: 1. Disappear for a while . . .
About the Author
Julie Winterbottom served as an editor and editor in chief of Nickelodeon Magazine, where for twelve years she fulfilled her dream of getting paid to write jokes. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she pulls pranks on her boyfriend and cat.