The Pocket Guide to Mischief

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Mischief, thou art afoot.
-Will Shakespeare

Bart King is the author of The Big Book of Boy Stuff and The Big Book of Girl Stuff. A longtime middle school teacher,
Bart lives in Portland, Oregon, where he invents new sock designs and plays in a kazoo jazz quartet.

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Overview

Mischief, thou art afoot.
-Will Shakespeare

Bart King is the author of The Big Book of Boy Stuff and The Big Book of Girl Stuff. A longtime middle school teacher,
Bart lives in Portland, Oregon, where he invents new sock designs and plays in a kazoo jazz quartet.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they're getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King's pocket guides-with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers-do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

These books are hilarious. And informative-if you want to know how to get the best of your nemesis or play toilet tag. What makes these special is not only that they're well-written, well-designed, and funny, but also that they present information that is actually new and actually useful (again, useful to the sorts of people who like to play toilet tag).

A few tantalizing sample tastes:
From The Pocket Guide to Mischief: "You'll need some cream cheese. First, roll the deodorant out maybe half an inch . . ."
From The Pocket Guide to Games: "Fill several balloons with water, and hang one from a tree . . ."
From The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff: "Here are two hand-grenade designs that you can use that won't start a fire . . ."

If these don't seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author's web site: bartking.net. It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides' proposed activities!
— Katy Killilea

Kidoinfor - Katy Killilea
Bart King is my new hero. On the surface, his books might look like they’re getting by on being similar to the ubiquitous Dangerous Book for Boys. King’s pocket guides—with illustrations of paper airplanes, Chuck Taylors, and a slingshot on their covers—do cash in on that kind of scrappy retro charm. But these books are something entirely different.

These books are hilarious. And informative—if you want to know how to get the best of your nemesis or play toilet tag. What makes these special is not only that they’re well-written, well-designed, and funny, but also that they present information that is actually new and actually useful (again, useful to the sorts of people who like to play toilet tag).

A few tantalizing sample tastes:
From The Pocket Guide to Mischief: “You’ll need some cream cheese. First, roll the deodorant out maybe half an inch . . .”
From The Pocket Guide to Games: “Fill several balloons with water, and hang one from a tree . . .”
From The Pocket Guide to Boy Stuff: “Here are two hand-grenade designs that you can use that won’t start a fire . . .”

If these don’t seem gender-neutral enough, and you have a daughter who is into this kind of thing, rest assured that Bart King also has girl versions: The Big Book of Girl Stuff gracefully and barely touches on puberty, but includes plenty of pranks, code names, and hijinx for kids who like bright pink more than baseballs on the covers of their books.

Should someone you know be interested, visit the author’s web site: www.bartking.net. It includes video clips illustrating some of the guides’ proposed activities!

Publishers Weekly

Sized for handy stashing in the inside pocket of a jacket, this primer for merry-prankster wannabes starts out with the obligatory request that readers play safe, and not damage property nor hurt anyone, neither psychically nor physically. After this, King takes off the brakes. From the smorgasbord of tricks: instead of TP'ing someone's house at night, sprinkle the lawn with instant potato flakes (the dew will puff them up). And a tip: a pencil or pen clamped between the teeth effectively disguises one's voice. From the historical record: forced into a duel, Abraham Lincoln named, as the choice of arms, cow manure. From the sports ledger: the mascots of Ohio's Bryan & Stratton College are the Lemmings. Kids will also go for the Oxford Dictionary insults-e.g., "cockalorum"-recommended as replacements for "cuss words"; the detailed guide to shooting rubber bands; and the many scatological jokes. Ages 8-up. (Mar.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423603665
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 627,611
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart King writes funny—and educational!—books for kids and immature adults. (His title The Big Book of Boy Stuff was once Amazon.com’s top-selling children’s book.) As a young lad, Bart discovered he could punch people into outer space. Sadly, he lost a lot of friends that way. Today, Bart is recognized as one of the world’s leading superhero experts. (And as a longtime middle school teacher, he is also highly sought after by supervillains!)

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction … 10
2. Choosing Your Target or Nemesis … 18
3. Mischief Quiz! … 23
4. Harmless Trickery 101
How to Defend Home and Self … 31
5. Oldies but Goodies … 51
6. Practical Jokes Inspired by
Ancient Rome … 57
7. Amusing Slights and Friendly Jibes … 73
8. Spy Games … 101
9. Mischief of the
Rich and Famous … 113
10. Inspired by the
Oxford Dictionary … 137
11. International Mischief … 147
12. Mischievous Foods … 156
13. Sporting Mischief … 167
14. Duels … 203
15. Bodily Mischief … 211
16. Lessons from Stravinsky … 231
17. Be True to Your School … 239
18. Careers in Mischief … 260
Acknowledgments…265
Bibliography…266
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2008

    A light, entertaining read

    King's writing style is humorous and fast-paced. As a former middle-school teacher, he is familiar with what appeals to kids. He includes many interesting, odd facts about a variety of topics. Mischief made by many famous people, including world leaders and members of royalty, is incorporated nicely into this book. There are also a few chapters dedicated to unusual vocabulary words that children will undoubtedly remember. Kids may not realize they are learning while they are reading such a fun book. 'The Pocket Guide to Mischief' focuses on how to play fun, non-hurtful pranks. For pranks played on an individual, the reader is then taught how to choose a proper nemesis to focus on. The author lists five easy safety rules, and even supplies a short, fun quiz to help determine how much of a mischief maker one is. Some of the antics Bart King writes about remind me of another Bart-- Bart Simpson. As someone who has spent a lot of time around children, King has definitely had first-hand experience with mischief makers. This adds plausibility to the book because children will believe in, or respect, someone more if they know that person really understands what it is like to be their age and what kinds of things they face on a daily basis. 'The Pocket Guide to Mischief' is a light, entertaining, and easy read. Children will get a kick out of it and will likely learn a few things in the process. Parents should read the book too so they can be sure the child understands the importance of safety when playing pranks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2008

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    Bart King has done it again. This book is his irreverent take on mischief through the ages, and it also includes many victimless gags that will provide chuckles. It's very funny, and is the kind of thing that kids will love and immature adults will get a charge out of also.

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