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Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual
ISBN: 9780448449821
Author: Hargrave, John
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Published: 2009-06-11
Retail: $15.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: There's ordinary mischief, and there's magnificent mischief. Any fool can create ordinary mischief, but only by reading the Mischief Maker's Manual can you create magnificent mischief. Never cruel, but always funny and creative, the mischief in this book will change the art of pranking forever!
Additional Information
LC Subject:
- Practical jokes
BISAC category: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Humor / General
Target Age Group: Age 12-14
Target Grade: Grade 7-9
Grade level: Grade 7-9
Physical Information: 272 pages
Bargain Category: Geography, Middle School, Reference, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
This potentially dangerous and delightfully wrong training manual goes from benign (prank phone calls) to massive mischief (extremely flammable smoke bombs) with a wide variety of shenanigans in between. A code of ethics and rules for dealing with the consequences of getting caught will no doubt be ignored when contemplating the various activities and "recipes" (i.e., food pranks) the book provides. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 June #2)

Fans of the Dangerous Book for Boys should appreciate this detailed manual, complete with vintage-style illustrations on how to successfully pull off pranks. While adamant about safety—"If you have to ask a question about someone getting hurt, then you shouldn't be doing it"—the book offers ideas for making mischief that are frisky enough to get a rise out of their targets. Pranks include making a "Screaming Cabinet" (using the device from musical greeting cards), creating the "World's Largest Butt Photo" and faking an alien landing. What's most appealing, however, is the emphasis on being clever, creative and funny while making mischief. Ages 8–12. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 July)

Gr 7 Up–Though at first glance this handbook may seem like a tween/teen version of William Powell's The Anarchist Cookbook (Barricade, 1990), it's actually a lot more like Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden's innocuous The Dangerous Book for Boys (Collins, 2007). While the focus is on how to execute perfect pranks, and while there is definitely an illicit feel to the book design, there's also strong emphasis on mischief-makers' ethics as defined in a "Prankster's Code," which is repeated throughout the book. Among its prescriptions: Always be careful; don't be a bully; do no lasting damage; and be funny. That last edict is a biggie. The book constantly emphasizes that, ultimately, pranks should be creative and harmless enough to be entertaining to parties on both sides of the equation–even if perpetrators have to return to the scene of their crimes to help clean up any lingering messes. While it's destined to be devilishly attractive to reluctant readers, most of the pranks outlined are actually of the dribble-glass and Whoopie cushion variety. But some, like any worthwhile high jinks, could go awry and land pranksters in hot water. If that happens, the manual also provides tips on how to get out of trouble gracefully. Some techniques, like the Ping-Pong ball smoke bomb, may give some professionals pause, no matter how many safety guidelines accompany them.–Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI

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