It's everybody's final year at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy. Some things are different, and some things never change. Principal Barkin is trying his hand at pranks. Former Principal Barkin has returned, vowing to crush all pranskters. Josh Barkin is calling everybody a nimbus. And of course the Terrible Two are planning one more prank. Who will have the last laugh? Well, probably Miles and Niles. Right?
School's out and pranksters Miles and Niles have retreated to a perfect hideout in the woods, complete with snacks, games, books, sleeping bags, stream-chilled lemonade...and a stolen flag of nearby Yawnee Valley Yelling and Push-Ups Camp. But their leafy, lazy days darken when bully Josh Barkin and fellow cadets vow to get their flag back. It's war, but one that pits nimble minds and hard fists; and as pranksters know, the real art of war is winning without landing a single blow.
Miles Murphy and Niles Sparks are great at being terrible. Their pranks bring joy to their classmates and embarrassment to their nemesis: blowhard Principal Barkin. But one day, a scheme goes too far, and Principal Barkin ends up fired. The new principal (who is also named Principal Barkin) runs the school with an iron fist, out to destroy all signs of fun.
"John and Barnett's sophomore effort is as much fun as series opener The Terrible Two...Cornell's line drawings add to the goofy, deadpan experience. This revenger's comedy, dotted with references to classic plays and philosophical concepts, will be a joy for pranksters and seekers of a good-hearted laugh.”
“Hilarious....Fast-paced and laugh-aloud funny, the book will appeal to a wide range of readers.... Quirky writing and colorful dialogue make the book an excellent read-aloud.”
—School Library Journal
"Full of absorbing strategy and even a little suspense, this humorous sequel will keep readers entertained while offering insight into the nature of successful pranking and its reliance on audience reaction."
—Horn Book Magazine
"This Humorous sequel makes for engaging, fast-paced reading that again highlights the meaning of friendship, and animated, amusing cartoon illustrations enhance and extend the story."
Miles Murphy is known for one thing and one thing only: pranking. He’s the best prankster his school has ever seen. So when he’s forced to move to boring Yawnee Valley (also known for one thing and one thing only: cows), he assumes he’ll be the best prankster at his new school too. There’s one problem. The school already has a prankster — a good one. A really good one.
“A double helping of fun and mischief!”
—Jeff Kinney, Author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
“This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks (and cows), and terribly wonderful.”
—Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man 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
—Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series
“Have no fear: You don’t have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love The Terrible Two. This is a very, very, funny book full of original and indelible characters, a book that announces the arrival of two very talented duos—Miles and Niles, and Barnett and John. Readers of any age will hope they stick around for a long time.”
"Hence one of the funniest novels of the year is also a book aimed at 12-year-olds."