Friday, April 2, 2010

Middle Grade Book Review:

Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual

A day late and a dollar short, this should have been your April Fool's gift for that young boy in your life. This book may not appeal to everyone (read: moms, dads, sisters, teachers) primarily because they will end up the target of some of the most humorous little pranks.

This manual is not simply a list of horrible things to do to the people in a kid's life. It has some surprising depth. It forces the prankster to plan and organize the prank and even follow - in some cases - a scientific method and step-by-step instructions to pull it off.

This might be the ultimate boy book, not only because of the subject matter, but because of its structure. It is written in stand-alone pranks. Often reluctant readers don't pick up most books because it is intimidating to read a 250 page book end to end. With MMM, a boy can read the one chapter that interests him and come back at a later time if he wishes.

Rating: 4 1/2

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