The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John Reviewed by Romeo (age 9)

The Terrible Two

Synopsis: This amazing book that I have been reading is called The Terrible Two. It is about a young boy named Miles who moves from his house and lives in a strange valley called Yawnee valley. Did you know there are more cows than there is to humans? As I was saying, Miles moved into the valley, but started school not the best way.

What I liked about the writing is that the author used very descriptive language such as adjectives to describe the feelings of the character and even adverbs to show how the character is saying the speech. Furthermore, I also liked the way the author wrote that Josh Barkin threw Miles food on his clothes because it serves him right for shoving his backpack into Miles face. Moreover, I like the way that Barry Barkin,[Principal of the Yawnee valley   science and letters academy] was embarrassed by the whole school when his car was parked right in front of the school entrance and when it was April fool’s day there were one hundred cows mooing inside the school.

What I liked about the illustrations is that on the second page of the book, there is Niles Spark prank wall and the illustrator, Kevin Cornell, turned it into the title of the book and added extra detail. Additionally, I truly like the picture when Miles is covered with Macaroni and tomato soup all over is clothes. The reason I like this image is because you could also see the look at Josh’s face expressing how VEX he looks and the students surrounding him are shocked.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read a funny book and just enjoys it.

I give this book 9.9/10

Reviewed by Romeo, age 9

Goodnight Already! By Jory John, illustrated by Benji Davies

Have you ever had a friend that just wouldn’t take the hint?

Goodnight Already! A hilarious story with personality packed in like bundles of uncooked spaghetti.

Meet Bear. He’s exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep. Meet Duck, Bear’s persistent next-door neighbour. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear.

Harper Collins 

I’ve been an avid follower of Benji’s work since I saw the first teaser artwork for The Storm Whale. I’ve only recently heard of Jory John, albeit through his collaboration with the legend that is Mac Barnett on the book The Terrible Two (great book by the way).

I saw the cover art for this one on Benji’s twitter feed some time ago, and I’m pretty sure that cheeky duck was his avatar for a while.

The artwork is spectacular; Benji has worked his magic on these two contrasting characters. Both duck and bear are incredibly likable, despite their abundance of personality faults. In fact I’m pretty sure I lived with these two during my university days.

Their relationship could be the foundation of a very good sitcom.

Jory John is a fantastic talent in both YA fiction and picture books – much like his buddy Mac Barnett – & Benji Davies is a great writer and a magnificent illustrator.

Can’t recommend this one enough!