Synopses & Reviews
andldquo;A double helping of fun and mischief!andrdquo;
andmdash;Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
andmdash;Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series
Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town thatandrsquo;s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the townandrsquo;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.
Itandrsquo;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.
In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time.
andldquo;The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! Whatandrsquo;s not to love about the Terrible Two?andrdquo;
andmdash;Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series
andldquo;You donandrsquo;t have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love the Terrible Two.andrdquo;
andldquo;This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful.andrdquo;
andmdash;Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series
andldquo;The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And whatandrsquo;s more, theyandrsquo;re kidsandrsquo; kind of kids.andrdquo;
andmdash;Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy and Bean series
"Mysteries abound in the first children's book from Pastis, creator of the comic strip Pearls Before Swine. Who stole the Halloween candy of Timmy's classmate Gabe? Who is the mysterious girl Timmy refuses to discuss? Why is no one fazed that Timmy has a pet polar bear named Total? Fortunately, Timmy is an aspiring detective, who believes his agency, Total Failure Inc. ('We won't fail, despite what the name says'), is 'on the verge of being a Fortune 500 company.' Unfortunately, Timmy is a terrible sleuth, who doesn't leap to the wrong conclusions so much as cannonball into a swimming pool full of them. His narration reveals an impressive command of business-speak (he doesn't talk with his single mother he teleconferences), while the wide-eyed characters resemble a cross between the work of George Booth and Sara Varon. Pastis has assembled an eccentric and funny cast (running gags revolve around Total's voracious appetite and a librarian who looks like one of the Hells Angels), yet there are also touching interactions to be found, particularly between Timmy and his mother. Ages 8 12. Agent: Daniel Lazar, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"This is just right for middle-grade Anna fans ready for new experiences."
andquot;The full-color graphic panels are stagy and cartoony and silly in just the right way. Fifteen graphic stories collected in one tight package for a new generation of fans.andquot;
andquot;Good for both a laugh and for a reflection on self-determination and respect.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journaland#160;
andquot;Fluffy, fast, fun reading for fans of Clueless McGee and the Wimpy Kid.andquot;
andquot;Barnett and John are in perfect comic harmony.andquot;
An IRA/CBC Chidren's Choice
"Great stuff for reluctant and rapacious readers alike."--BCCB
Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs: NYPL Children's Books 2010: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Books for Children
"Delightful."--School Library Journal
Dragonbreath: Curse of the Were-Weiner: An Autumn 2010 Kids' Indie Next List Pick, Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Books for Children
* "[An] impossibly droll escapade."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Dragonbreath: Lair of the Bat Monster: A Spring 2011 Indie Next List Pick
andquot;Coauthors and friends Barnett and John have created a fast paced, laugh-out-loud novel sure to appeal to those who appreciate a good prank and have a sense of justice...a good candidate for reluctant readers and a natural next readandnbsp;for fans of Jeff Kinneyandrsquo;s and#39;Diary of a Wimpy Kidand#39; series.andquot;
andquot;With plenty of humor, quirky characters, interspersed drolly-related cow factoids, and fantastical, over-the-top pranking, this entertaining, enjoyable read will especially appeal to Wimpy Kid aficionados.andquot;
andquot;The threesomeand#39;s friendship feels genuinely complicated and endearing, with communication mishaps, cultural differences, and unmet, early teen expectations...This unique sisterhood beats with a gentle heart.andquot;
andquot;Well-paced for pleasure reading, this lively start to a new series provides great insight into social dynamicsandmdash;as well as prank planning and execution!andquot;
"A progressively silly, retro-geeky action story for the YOLO generation"
"Schreiber remains talented at combining anything-can-happen action and on-the-mark humor...Rash's spot cartoons are entirely in sync with the story's goofy metafictional humor and deliver many jokes themselves, making the novel read like a distant action-oriented cousin to the Wimpy Kid books."
"Short chapters, engaging titles, lists, and several diary-type sketches will appeal to kids with short attention spans."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"A madcap adventure that leaves no doubt that 'video games are serious business.'"
Meet "detective" Timmy Failure, star of the kids comedy of the year. Created by New York Times best-selling cartoonist Stephan Pastis.
Take Timmy Failure — the clueless, comically self-confident CEO of the best detective agency in town, perhaps even the nation. Add his impressively lazy business partner, a very large polar bear named Total. Throw in the Failuremobile — Timmys moms Segway — and what you have is Total Failure, Inc., a global enterprise destined to make Timmy so rich his mother wont have to stress out about the bills anymore. Of course, Timmys plan does not include the four-foot-tall female whose name shall not be uttered. And it doesnt include Rollo Tookus, who is so obsessed with getting into "Stanfurd" that he cant carry out a no-brainer spy mission. From the offbeat creator of Pearls Before Swine comes an endearingly bumbling hero in a caper whose peerless hilarity is accompanied by a whodunit twist. With perfectly paced visual humor, Stephan Pastis gets you snorting with laughter, then slyly carries the joke a beat further — or sweetens it with an unexpected poignant moment — making this a comics-inspired story (the first in a new series) that truly stands apart from the pack.
The thirdand#160;chapter book sequel to The Year of the Bookand#160;and The Year of the Baby, eleven-year-old Anna takes a trip to China and learns more about herself and her Chinese heritage.
Eleven-year-old Anna heads off to sixth grade, leaving the comfort and familiarity of elementary school behind and entering the larger, more complex world of middle school. Surrounded by classmates who have their roots all in America, Anna begins to feel out of place and wonders where she really belongs.and#160; When Anna takes a trip to China, she not only explores a new country and culture, but finds answers to her questions about whether she is more Chinese or more American.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; This young illustrated chapter book is the third in the series that includes The Year of the Book and The Year of the Baby.and#160;For grades 1-4.
Three comic books in one, this graphic collection of The Many Adventures of Johnny Mutton, Johnny Mutton, He's So Him!, and Mutton Soup: More Adventures of Johnny Muttonand#160;willand#160;tickle the funny bone from beginning to end. Includes a new bonus story about the boy-sheep Johnny Mutton and an author QandA.
It's hard being the only sheep in class. Even so, Johnny Mutton refuses to follow the herd. His sweet sense of humor, sheer delight in life's simple pleasures, and unexpected triumphs are the stuff of legend. Whatever the adventure, Johnny's incredible zest for all that is ordinary showcases why he's so
him--and why no one can resist his zany charm. Johnny will tickle your funny bone--and leave you wondering just what he'll think of next.
Fans of Dav Pilkey's Captain Underpants will have a new laugh-aloud hero to root for in this collection full of zany illustrations, jokes, and wild fun.
In the fourth chapter book sequel to The Year of the Book, The Year of the Baby, and The Year of the Fortune Cookie, twelve-year old Anna learns how to overcome conflict to build enduring friendships.
Astute Anna discovers that sisterhood really can cross continents and cultures in this heartwarming fourth book in the Anna Wang series. Patrice Barton's lively and warm illustrations bring Anna's story to life.
In the tenth book of the series perfect for Dork Diaries and Wimpy Kid fans, this dragon will storm a castle, battle a knight, and stand up to any bully!
What does Danny Dragonbreath do when his super-annoying cousin Spencer gets kidnapped by knights? First, he thinks about how nice and quiet Thanksgiving would be without Spencer. Then, of course, Danny goes off to rescue him, with his cohorts Wendell and Christiana by his side. Their action-packed mission involves a dirty dungeon, a very squelchy moat, a big surprise for Christiana . . . and jousting galore! The hilarious Dragonbreath series matches up classic middle grade humor with comic panels. It's guaranteed to make you laugh until smoke comes out of your nose!
On their own, pranksters Miles and Niles were pretty devious. Now that theyandrsquo;ve formed a pranking duo, theyandrsquo;re terrible! But their powers will be tested when their favorite nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced by his stern and cunning father, Former Principal Barkin. Now Miles and Niles will do just about anything to get their old antagonist backandmdash;including pranking alongside him.
Authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John andldquo;are in perfect comic harmonyandrdquo; (Publishers Weekly) in this series that celebrates inventiveness, friendship, and the power of teamworkandmdash;for good, or for terrible.
Inand#160;thisand#160;rib-tickling illustrated middle grade novel, video game obsessed Pete Watson discovers the only thingand#160;scarier thanand#160;espionage is the girl of his dreams.
When videogame obsessed Pete Watson discovers his dad is not only a super-spy but has been kidnapped and is now trapped inside a video game, he has to use his super gaming skills and enter the game to rescue him.and#160;and#160;Willand#160;he be able to save his friends and family and the entire worldand#160;from giant mechanical cockroaches and a massive cyber attackand#160;set to take down the world's network?and#160;and#160;And if he succeeds, who will save Pete from his massive crush on Callie Midwood?
and#160;and#160;and#160;From the comedic mind of Joe Schreiber (Lenny Cyrus School Virus, Au Revoir Crazy European Chick, Perry's Killer Playlist), comes anand#160;action-packed Alex Rider-meets-Greg Heffleyand#160;middle grade romp that grabs readers by the funny bone and doesn't let go!and#160;Illustrated throughout with black and white comic drawings byand#160;Andy Rash.
About the Author
Joe Schreiber is the New York Times bestselling author of adult novels Death Troopers, Chasing the Dead, and Eat the Dark. His other novels for young people include, the critically acclaimed Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick, Perry's Killer Playlist,andnbsp;and Lenny Cyrus, School Virus.andnbsp;He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and children.
Andy Rash was born on a mountain top in Tennessee, educated in the swamps of Georgia and the canyons of New York, and lives with his wife and son in Milwaukee. He has illustrated for The New York Times
, The Wall Street Journal
, Entertainment Weekly
and The New Yorker
. His children's books have received received numerous accolades, including an Amazon Editor's Choice Award and the Brown County Book Award (Indiana). Visit rashworks.com.