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Book/Authors Spotlight: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

The Terrible Two

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett, Jory John and illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’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.

It’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.


Advance Praise for The Terrible Two

“A double helping of fun and mischief!”
—Jeff kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series

“The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What’s not to love about the Terrible Two?”
—Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series

“You don’t have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love the Terrible Two.”
—Dave Eggers

“This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful.”
—Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein 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

—Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series


  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Series: The Terrible Two
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amulet Books (January 13, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419714910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419714917
  • Cost: $10.53




About the Authors: Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac now lives near San Francisco. He’s on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.





Jory John is a writer, editor and journalist. He has written for the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the Rumpus, the Santa Cruz Sentinel and a variety of other publications and websites. He is the editor of “Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kids Letters to President Obama,” published by McSweeney’s and featured on “This American Life.”

Jory is the co-author of “All my friends are dead,” and its sequel, “All my friends are STILL dead.” He also co-wrote a book of humorous essays called, “I Feel Relatively Neutral About New York” and the children’s book “Pirate’s Log: A Handbook for Aspiring Swashbucklers,” all published by Chronicle Books.




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