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The Mischievians

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Where?s my homework? Who took my other sock? What?s that in my belly button? The creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling and Academy Award?winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore have found the answers to these and other life mysteries?and no, it?s not your fault!

Strange smells. Disappearing remotes. That itch you just can?t reach. It?s not your fault! It?s the Mischievians, an ancient race of global mischief-makers who do all the things that embarrass ...

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Overview

Where’s my homework? Who took my other sock? What’s that in my belly button? The creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling and Academy Award–winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore have found the answers to these and other life mysteries…and no, it’s not your fault!

Strange smells. Disappearing remotes. That itch you just can’t reach. It’s not your fault! It’s the Mischievians, an ancient race of global mischief-makers who do all the things that embarrass you. All the things that bug you. All the things that YOU get blamed for!

There is no cause for alarm (sorta). Come meet the Homework Eater, the fiend who steals your homework! See the Endroller, the villain who uses up ALL the toilet paper! Discover the Yawn Mower, the creature who makes you yawn at the worst possible time! And many, many more. Read on, and be free.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/23/2013
Worry not, kids. Missing a sock? Homework vanished into the ether? Just realized you have “a booger dangling out of your nose and you know it’s been there maybe all day and everybody has probably seen it?” It isn’t your fault. These and other woes are caused by implike creatures known as Mischievians, as two siblings learn courtesy of one Dr. Maximilian Zooper. Joyce (the Guardians of Childhood) structures his story as a guide to the Mischievians, from Mista Blista—a smiley, blister-causing shoe-lurker—to the skateboard riding Itchy and dreaded Earworm. The book’s Q&A format is jokey and informal, with kidlike queries (“Why do I sometimes get a thorn thingy stuck in my foot when I walk barefoot in the grass?”) and lightheartedly informative responses. Clever touches abound in Joyce’s whimsically imagined portraits of the creatures, with their odd tufts of hair, spindly appendages, and assorted suction cups, horns, and accessories. If a tad long to read through start to finish (is a Mischievian also responsible for squirming?), there’s great fun to be had discovering the sources of everyday annoyances. Ages 5–8. Agent: Michael Siegel, Michael Siegel & Associates. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Deep underground in the lab of Dr. Zooper, two children learn of a "race of pesky creatures called Mischievians." They are responsible for all the missing items in your house and the source of those nasty bodily embarrassments. It is not the dog who eats homework but Homework Eaters, extremely dumb creatures who eat homework in an attempt to get smart. Can't find the remote? Blame it on RemoteToters that move at the speed of light and delight in hiding gadgets, often in plain sight. Beware the Earworms whose job it is to get a song you really hate stuck inside your head, and Sock Stalkers who can only count to one are the culprits behind all those missing socks on wash day. Itchy strikes at inopportune times in hard to reach places, Mista Blistas hide in new shoes, and Pootles are a member of the Oddsoundians who make that, you know, humiliating sound. "Wild and wacky" and "tons of fun" are the best way to describe this creative endeavor. Joyce has outdone himself with his imaginative creatures and his tongue-in-cheek questions and answers. Kids will chuckle over every page and eagerly share the book with their friends. A blank page is provided for readers to find, identify and report about their own Mischievians. This will not find favor with librarians but copied could make for a fun creative writing exercise in a classroom. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
A guide to the elusive creatures responsible for everyday ills offers kids the ultimate book of excuses. Why are some things always sticky? Who hid the remote? What does an earworm really look like? Two children plagued by a series of inexplicable events make the acquaintance of Dr. Zooper. He encourages them to read his guide, The Mischievians, billed as "An encyclopedia of things that make mischief, make mayhem, make noise, and make you CRAZY!" Here, the kids learn about critters like the Sock Stalker, which only steals one of any pair, or the File Sucker, a subspecies of the better-known Homework Eater. With his customary flair, Joyce brings to life all manner of benign but annoying mischief-makers, ending the book with the kids (and the readers) determined to identify even more. Written for the most part in Q-and-A fashion, the book lends itself to both browsing and reading all in one fell swoop. This being Joyce, the creatures aren't half as disgusting as they could be (even when they're luring boogers out of noses or raising blisters on toes). Successfully tapping into the human need to find explanations for all-too-common annoyances, this book charms with its intricacy. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442473478
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 179,633
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William Joyce

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys; The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack; and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

William Joyce does a lot of stuff—films, apps, Olympic curling—but children’s books are his true bailiwick (The Numberlys; The Man in the Moon; Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King; A Bean, A Stalk, and a Boy Named Jack; and the #1 New York Times bestselling The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which is also an Academy Award–winning short film, to name a few). He lives with his family in Shreveport, Louisiana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    The author left out a particularly nasty Mischievian. The one t

    The author left out a particularly nasty Mischievian. The one that convinces publishers to restrict an e-book's availability. This e-book is only available on an actual Nook or the Nook App for Kids. If you have a Nook app, it will not work. It has to be the one for kids. You will not be able to access it on your computer. You will not be able to access it on your Android device. The Nook App for Kids is only available on Apple products. The book itself is cute and the illustrations are fun. I recommend buying the actual book as opposed to getting the e-book. And letting the publisher know that they have become a victim of a nasty Mischievian.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2014

    Great kids book!!!

    Love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    The funniest

    Not only does my 4 year old love this book but also The Guardians, and Mr. Morris. Fabulous writing and imagination. Keep writing, we look forward to more.

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