The Terrible Two Get Worse

The Terrible Two Get WorseWritten by Mac Barnett and Jory John, Illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Miles and Niles try to pull off yet another perfect prank on picture day, but it goes all wrong and Principal Barkin gets fired. In his place comes Principal Barkin Senior, the father of Principal Barkin. (Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy has a history of Principal Barkins beginning in 1868.) The new Principal Barkin runs “a tight ship” and eliminates all the fun activities like Pajama Day and the Parent-Student Dance. He even won’t let teachers be creative in their teaching! And above all, no pranking!!! Although Miles and Niles try a few, they fall flat. The Terrible Two realize the only way to change things is to get Principal Barkin Junior‘s job back. But it will take a very clever and shrewd prank. Find out if the boys succeed in The Terrible Two Gets Worse, book 2 in the series by the very funny Mac Barnett and Jory John. This is a very witty, fast read that kids are sure to love. The boys are up against the iron fist of the principal and the challenge creates a fun story. I think this book will be as popular the first one. One of the highlights for me is when Principal Barkin Junior gets fired and doesn’t know what to do with himself. He makes a list of projects and those projects are hilariously illustrated throughout the story. Very funny!!

Review by Renee Larsen, Hillside Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-8

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The Terrible Two Get Worse
Written by Mac Barnett and Jory John, Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Amulet Books
214 pages
Release Date: January 12, 2016

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