Fourth Grade Journey

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Terrible Two Get Worse by Jory John and Mac Barnett...

How I Heard About It:  I had read The Terrible Two and contacted Jory to see if he would Skype with my class for our book club.  Last school year we read the first book and had a great chat with Jory about the book.  We decided to do it again this year so had our second Skype in December.  While at NCTE15 this fall I saw a display of ARC's of this second installment.  

What It Is About:  Miles and Niles are back for more fun and of course more pranks.  Principal Barkin is still leading the school and trying to figure out who is pulling the pranks, but of course isn't haven't much luck.  When Principal Barkin's father shows up to the school, life is about to change for the pranksters.  He removes Barkin from his leadership role and takes over.  He of course was principal before his son.  There is a long line of Barkins who have served as leaders of the school.  The new principal Barkin has made a new rule of absolutely no pranking in the school building.  Miles and Niles take it upon themselves to accept this challenge and overcome it.  As they implement more pranks and notice that the new principal isn't either noticing them or changing them somehow, they begin to feel frustrated with their pranks.  Working together, and sometimes not together, they come up with the ultimate plan to get this new principal and bring back their old "friend" the true Barkin.  

What I Thought Of It:  I love this series, my students love this series, and I'm already looking forward to the next edition.  This second story was just as great as the first one.  I enjoyed reading more about the pranks that Miles and Niles implemented in this story.  It was also fun to read how the new principal  wasn't going to take anymore pranks and somehow was able to shrug off the pranks that were taking place and "appear" not to notice them.  I think the format is perfect for our young readers and actually really enjoyable for all aged readers.  These books are definitely going to be a "staple" in my classroom library.  

Who Should Read It:  The first and this book are perfect for the third, fourth, and fifth grade classroom.  I also think they are perfect for a possible reluctant reader.  The short chapters, the illustrations, and the action packed plot will entice any reader.  The story would make for a perfect class read aloud, a book club selection, or to put in the hands of an individual reader.  Happy Reading!  

Rating:  5 STARS out of 5 Stars

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