Parents' Guide to

The Terrible Two, Book 1

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Zany fun, great writing in smart prankster tale with heart.

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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Vapid characters. Stereotypical bullies and slapstick humor

This book lacks depth. The characters are 1 dimensional stereotypical characters. There is a bully. Lots of white lies which are played off as actually being helpful. Sneaking and trickeryare the common theme. It provides no educational value and I will even go so far as to say it introduced the idea of looking for the bullies at school. Why are we feeding our children's minds with this? There are so many books that are better written, with better character development that don't use cliché stereotypes. Don't waste your time on this mind-numbing junk. Read the classics with your kids.
age 7+

The Terrible Two

We read this book in Room 9 at Richmond School. WE LOVED IT! "It was a great book." Felix "It is funny and entertaining." Chloe "I suggest all children should read this book, it is cool." Millah "It is funny and I really liked it." Hayden "It is my favourite book." Josiah "Every chapter had a new surprise." Taylor "I liked the last part because it is so funny." Zavier "If you want to learn facts about cows, read The Terrible Two - cows can walk up stairs but not down them." Courtney

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (6 ):

THE TERRIBLE TWO is an uproariously funny start to a new series for middle-grade readers. Miles and Niles are geeky heroes for the overlooked, underestimated, and pigeonholed, approaching their prank projects with admirable righteousness and professional pride. Everything about this book is over the top, from the 1,346 interesting things you may or may not know about cows to the great Cody Burr-Tyler prank and the five generations of Principal Barkins.

Beneath the hilarity, however, is a tender streak: a new kid who wants to fit in, a misfit who opts to make the most of his outsider role, and an authority figure both inspired and burdened by family expectations. Working seamlessly together, Mac Barnett and Jory John write with dry humor and insight into the world of schoolchildren. The pranks are inspired and genuinely fun (and not easy to replicate at home). Kevin Cornell's energetic illustrations are fabulous, particularly when they feature the balding, sharp-nosed, power-crazed principal.

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