The Terrible Two
Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of many books for children, including Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Excellence in Picture Books, and Battle Bunny, his New York Times– bestselling picture book written with Jon Scieszka. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels.
Jory John is a writer, editor, and journalist. He is the co-author of the bestselling All My Friends Are Dead and the editor of Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids’ Letters to President Obama.
Kevin Cornell is the illustrator of many children’s books, including Count the Monkeys and Mustache!, both by Mac Barnett.
Miles Murphy had it made. He lived in a great town near the ocean, he had two best friends, and, most importantly, he had a reputation for being his town’s best prankster. All of which explains why he’s not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. Worse than that, 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 in order to pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder (a loose confederacy of pranksters that flourished a couple of centuries ago) proud.
In THE TERRIBLE TWO, bestselling authors and friends Jory John and Mac Barnett have walked an impressive tightrope: They’ve created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and daring at the same time.
"This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks (and cows), and terribly wonderful."
–Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheeseman and the Frank Einstein series
"Miles and Niles are both hilarious and real-feeling friends I’ve never seen before. The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What’s not to love about The Terrible Two?"
–Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series
"The Terrible Two are my kind of kids, and what’s more, they’re kids’ kind of kids."
–Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series