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The Troublemaker

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  527 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Bored and restless on a summer day, a little boy steals his sister’s bunny and sends it on an adventure. He is well satisfied with the results—until his own stuffed animal disappears. Could it be that he is not the only troublemaker around . . . ?

     A case of sibling rivalry is neatly resolved with the “assistance” of a hilarious raccoon in Lauren Castillo’s warm, simple
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Clarion Books
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Dani - Perspective of a Writer
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A boy and his stuffed animal are bored and decide to steal his sister's bunny. This gives a watching troublemaker an idea of his own!

I was sucked right into this story and as my nephew and I noticed a visitor in the background we became enchanted with the story being told without being talked about in the text! We loved that the illustrations went so well with the nature of the story. The thick black lines give the story a vintage f
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A young boy kidnaps his sister's bunny and ends up with a time out. When the bunny and the boy's beloved stuffed raccoon go missing, the family ends their day by going to bed without stuffed animals. The next morning, the boy discovers that a clever and curious raccoon has stolen the toys and his blanket. The illustrations reveal the raccoon's troublemaker ways from the beginning of the story and young readers will enjoy following this important plot line.

I think this is a great text for introd
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Family vacation memories are full of the ongoing battle of my Dad versus the raccoons. Ingenious designs, guaranteed fool-proof contraptions were no match for the hands and minds of these nighttime marauders. We laughed ourselves silly as we watched evening after evening.

From time to time humans have been known to replicate certain skills exhibited by these bandits from the wild. In her newest title, The Troublemaker (Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), author illustrator La
Edward Sullivan
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The real raccoon is the rascal.
Jillian Heise
I think those kids who feel they always get blamed for something they didn't do will latch onto this book. I felt the simplicity of the text was not as strong as the story through the illustrations.
Ma Jiani(Marjorie)
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-689, picture-books
This is an interesting book on anti-teaching materials education. In The Troublemaker, a boy borrowed his sister's beloved rabbit to play a pirate game and then experienced her pain when his own plush toy disappeared. A lot of changes have taken place in the story. The boy took pirates with his sister's rabbit and then returned it. The raccoon then stole the rabbit again. Then it came back. The boy's plush raccoon. This kind of description is a good description of narrative teaching in writing t ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A humorous picture book about being unfairly blamed for something. Suitable for preschool-1st graders, this story will especially be enjoyed by those who have had experiences with pesky raccoons. Lauren Castillo's illustrations are sweet as always.
Lynn  Davidson
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little boy takes some of his sister's things to play with and gets scolded for it. When his own things are taken he's not happy about it, blaming his sister. The next day he discovers who the thief really is. Cute story.
Karen Bessin
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo (Clarion Books, 2014)

Publisher’s age range: Ages 4-7
My recommended age range: Ages 4-7

Castillo uses bold lines, bright colors, and dramatic shadows to tell a familiar story of a boy who likes to play tricks on his sister. The drama builds when the boy himself becomes a victim of a trickster and learns a lesson about empathy. The Troublemaker would be a fun storytime read and could be used for lessons about making predictions as well as to introduce conversatio
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Things are disappearing from the yard and the house, but it's not the boy in the family who is doing it, when he initially gets blamed.

This was a nice book with nice illustrations.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not exactly my vibe, but it has a strong Calvin and Hobbes summer nostalgia feel that makes me want to push it on others anyway.
Donna Mork
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Little boy is playing and they think he is the troublemaker. But the real troublemaker is discovered in the end.
Madrush Books
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Whenever I am looking for a book for my children, I will always try to ensure that the book meets any one the following criteria:

(1) The book features siblings
(2) The book features beautiful illustrations
(3) The book contains whimsical rhymes
(4) The book includes a moral story that is not written overtly.

The book ‘The Troublemaker’ meets three of these criteria.

Author-illustrator Lauren Castillo has created one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever seen. She juxtaposes full colo
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Told in the first person, this picture book is from the point of view of one bored little boy. He and his stuffed raccoon decide to play pirates. To do that you had to not only be sneaky but you also needed a prisoner, and his sister’s stuffed rabbit was quickly stolen and sent afloat in the lake. The boy was scolded and the now damp bunny was returned to his angry sister. The boy then spent time playing with his own toys, but soon his mother was asking if he’d taken the bunny again. He hadn’t b ...more
Allie Burlingame
The Troublemaker is about a little boy who's bored when playing outside one day. He decides to play a game of pirates with his stuffed animal, Rascal. He gathered up a rope, a blindfold, and the last thing he needed, a prisoner. He snuck his sister's stuffed bunny to use as the prisoner and sent him out to sea, which was the stream in his backyard. When mom found out what he had done, she was not happy. He apologized for taking his sister's rabbit. He was playing nicely on his own, when
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
What's a little boy to do when he is bored? Why, bother his sister of course! The main
character in Lauren Castillo's The Troublemaker decides that he is a pirate and decides to
cause a little mischief. Along with his trusty sidekick, Rascal, his stuffed Raccoon, the little boy plunders some rope (his sister's shoe lace), a blindfold (his sister's scarf) and prisoner (his sister's stuffed bunny)! Soon the little pirate gets caught by Mom and needs to give everything back. He seems to have learned
Nov 28, 2014 rated it liked it
A little boy whose family lives on the edge of the woods decides to steal his sister's bunny for a joke. He gets in trouble, so he returns it. Then, the bunny gets stolen again, but the boy knows he didn't take it! And not just the bunny is missing, his own stuffed animal and some other toys disappear! Who could be the thief?

Observant readers will know at the beginning who the thief is, and may be able to spot the next thing to disappear before it happens. Though the "mystery" is fun, I think t

Becky B
After kidnapping his sister's bunny while playing pirate, a little boy finds himself again accused of taking the toy but this time he didn't do it. Then his own raccoon toy goes missing. Who is the real troublemaker?

A light "mystery" for little kids. Careful observers of the illustrations will be able to figure out the true troublemaker. This would be a fantastic book for practicing making predictions. I was totally wrong in my predictions of who the troublemaker was from the cover and opening p
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A little boy with nothing to do decides to borrow his sister’s things to play pirates. The little boy and his stuffed raccoon Rascal have a great time until things start to disappear. Mom and sister blame brother when sister’s stuffed bunny ends up missing, but pretty soon all the boy’s toys are missing too. Maybe the sneaky real raccoon has something to do with all the missing items. This book would be great to use in story time. The children could help figure out who was taking the items and h ...more
Peggy Tibbetts
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Someone stole little sister’s bunny and a bunch of other stuff. Little brother gets blamed for all the trouble but he swears he’s innocent. Well, except for the time he tied Bunny to the boat in the water … Funny thing is, the sneaky little thief hides in plain sight on almost every page, giving readers with a keen eye for details the chance to solve the puzzle on their own. The delightful scene at the end shows that even though the mystery is solved, the troublemaker has other plans. Brothers a ...more
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
That rascally raccoon! The reader can see the raccoon sneaking around, spying on the children on several of the pages, and also watch him make off with various stuffed toys. The illustrations, done in pen and ink with acetone transfer and compiled digitally, are brightly colored, except for the pages which are a black silhouette. The illustrations show actions that are not specified in the text, such as the raccoon making off with the toys. Young readers will be amused by the raccoon's thefts pr ...more
I really liked this book! The illustrations are beautiful and reminded me of woodblock prints, a bit retro and classic. The story is simple, a young boy is bored on a summer afternoon while his family is busily engaged around him. The decides to play pirate and capture his sister's bunny. This lands him in hot water with his parents. But when the bunny disappears again, no one believes he didn't take it...and then his things start to disappear. Who is the troublemaker? Young children will be in ...more
This book is a lot of fun to read. Kids of all ages can relate to being bored and having fun with a sibling's prized possessions. But when everyone's stuff, including the little boy's, starts disappearing, the mystery begins. The true culprit is another one that most homeowners can relate to! The illustrations really draw the reader into the story, especially as we are aware of the true thief! You can see the bandit in the first silhouette illustration! My favorite is the picture showing the cre ...more
-love the black and white silhouette images interspersed with the other illustrations (especially the pirate one at the beginning)
-pen and ink, but illustrations have a print-like quality to them
-also a slightly retro feel: a family spending the summer day outdoors, doing old fashioned activities like a doll's tea party, gardening, etc. (how a day should be spent!)
-water and fir trees seems like Maine setting?
Jacob Burton
Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 544-t-l
A book that was published in 2014, this book details how a young boy was causing trouble, and then got punished for that trouble, (in addition to some things that he didn't do!) When things start to go missing, the boy finds out that while everyone has been blaming him, it has actually been a raccoon the whole time! This books is told from a traditional literature standpoint, and younger students will definitely enjoy it.
Sandra Guerfi
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What happens when you play pirates and kidnap your sisters Bunny? You get a time out. But what happens when he goes missing again and other strange things start to occur? How do you catch the culprit and prove your innocent? Read the book. This is a funny story that revolves around Bunny and his new friend.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I love the classic style of Lauren Castillo's artwork in this book. She alternates full-color pages with silhouettes, and I think this really helps to tell the story.

A little boy is bored, so he steals his sister's bunny and sends it on an adventure, only to have the tables turned on him later on by an even bigger troublemaker than he is!

Very amusing.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
On a boring afternoon a little boy steals his sister's stuffed bunny to play a game of pirates. He gets in trouble for taking his sister's stuffed animal, but later the bunny disappears again along with his stuffed animal raccoon names Rascal. Who really is the troublemaker here?

Love the illustrations in this book
Jul 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I am a fan of Castillo's illustration style (she also did 'City Cat'). She works with pen and ink, and the finish is a bit like watercolor painting. This is a cute story about a trouble-making raccoon-- and an opportunity to build visual literacy for careful young readers. A solid pick for ages 2-6.
Stephanie Croaning
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Take one bored little boy with an active imagination, add a sister with a favorite stuffed animal, and you have the recipe for...trouble. But this is one troublemaker who has met his match! This is a really fun story and I think kids will be able to relate to the boy, and they will definitely enjoy following the antics of the true troublemaker in the story!
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Lauren studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has written & illustrated over 14 books for children, including the critically acclaimed Melvin and the Boy, The Reader by Amy Hest, Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts, Buffalo Music by Tracey Fern and What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins. Her ...more