Wednesday, September 9, 2015

August Grades 3-4 Book Club: The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett

For August's Book Club, we read The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett. Those attending were Andrew, Cadence, Eloise, and Henry.  Here are our thoughts...

Who if your favorite character in the story? Why?:

-Niles because he's pretty funny at first. He's a serious character and it's pretty impressive how he tricks everybody by making them think he's a goody-two-shoes.
-Stuart because he just goes along with everything, even when he's been pranked. He thinks everything is funny. 
-I like how Stuart only yells certain words. 
-I kind of like Miles. He was the main character but he didn't go big with his pranks.

Did you feel bad for Miles when he moved to a new town and realized that his role of prankster had already been taken?:

-A little bit bad. He didn't want to move and then he wasn't the thing that he thought he'd be when he got to the new town.

Do you think that Principal Barkin was a good principal? Why or why not?: 

-Because he blamed Miles for stuff he didn't do.
-He wasn't a good guy but I bet if you were a principal and all of these bad things happened, you might act a little bit like Principal Barkin might did. Principal Barkin was somewhat justified in thinking that the new kid did it.
-He was horrible. Some of the people before him as well. No one ever canceled school even if the situation called for it.

What was with Josh Barkin getting away with being a bully? Why was he allowed to be so mean to other kids?

-Because his dad is the principal.
-He didn't know that his kid was bad. Whenever he was with his dad, he acted nice and innocent.
-No one ever bothered telling on Josh because they knew he wouldn't get in trouble.

Have you ever pranked someone? Did it turn out like you planned?

-I was at my friend's house and he and I put ice water in balloons on a string and cut the string to land on people who then fell on a blanket. It only worked out okay. The water balloons missed them but a bucket of water hit them. They were mad.

Do you think that Miles and Niles's final prank was a good one? Why or why not? 

-Uh, yeah. Because they can't get down stairs.
-It was well-planned but not good. Cows to miss a school day? It's a big risk. All that planning.
-Yeah, because the cows couldn't get out. They finally missed a day of school.
-They covered their tracks well.

If you could change a scene in the story, which one would it be? Why?:

-Everything was kind of necessary in the book.

Are you excited to hear that this is a series and there will be more adventures for Miles and Niles?

-I wouldn't read more.
-They could add more main characters.
-It's hard to top stuffing a ton of cows in the school.
-Less cows for the next prank.

Please rate this book from 1-5, with 5 being the best:


Here's a link to making your own Prankster's Notebook:

The book for the next Book Club meeting is Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds  by Marissa Moss. We will be meeting on Wednesday, September 9th at 3:00 p.m. Copies of this book will be available behind the Circulation Desk within the next few days. Please come with recommendations for October's Book Club selection. Thanks!

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