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The Terrible Two Get Worse

(The Terrible Two #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,570 ratings  ·  208 reviews
New York Times Bestseller

On their own, pranksters Miles and Niles were pretty devious. Now that they’ve formed a pranking duo, they’re terrible! But their powers will be tested when their favorite nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced by his stern and cunning father, Former Principal Barkin. Now Miles and Niles will do just about anything to get their old antagonist back
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Harry N. Abrams
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Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Terrible Two Get Worse is about 2 kids sorry I meant pranksters. One Miles: school helper and student. Mile got in with the principle no one would suspect him as a prankster. Two Niles (I know they practically have the same name): new kid. Trouble maker to the principle, even without doing anything so far. This book is so funny with pranks from food to firing to fire alarm to pulling pants. I was hooked to the book. It's so bright and creative. I remember at my old school somebody pulled the ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The terrible two is about two boys named Miles and Niles who are pranksters. They did a very big prank that got there principal fired. In this story they try to get him back.My favorite character is principal Barkin. He is my favorite because he is funny and turns purple when he gets mad. My favorite part of the book is when Miles and Niles put stinky cheese in there principal's car vent. My least favorite part of the book was when principal Barkins gets fired. I would would recommend this book ...more
Marcos Esparza
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
New word: metonymy.
Very funny... and, from a mom's pov, very sweet. These are good kids, honestly. The world needs more like them. I hope I can get a copy of book 3.
Following up on the success of their previous title, The Terrible Two, the authors and illustrator team up just as their two protagonists do. Niles Sparks and Miles Murphy are the ultimate pranksters. While Miles enjoys having others know that he's responsible for the pranks he pulls off, Niles likes to stay beneath the radar. Together, they are practically unstoppable--until they meet the Invincible Principal. The boys have forgotten to be careful what they wish for. Principal Barkin, their ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Back again for a second year of high profile pranking fun at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy, Miles and Niles have perfected their pranking to such levels, a successful prank occurrs almost daily. When Principal Barkin's father discovers the level of upheaval in the school in which he was principal before his son, he decides the pranking has to stop. Using the school board as his vehicle, he has his son demoted (fired) and places himself back in his old principal job. The elder ...more
Mrs. Krajewski
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
My son Ryan loved the first book so much that we had to read the sequel together too. He loved this one as much as the first, if not more! I loved the sarcasm and wit throughout this book. It was a joy to read!
Dondee Gocongg
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The twin hated each other but they did a prank that got them together
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book so much more than the first and so did my son. We are both looking forward to the next book to see how Miles and Niles will prank after this ending.
Sep 16, 2015 rated it liked it
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The duo of Miles and Niles have returned and they are up to their mischievous ways, pranking poor Principal Barry Barkin and his son Josh. When one of their pranks ends up getting Principal Barkin fired, Former Principal Barkin (Barry's father) takes over as principal. With his no nonsense style, he quickly bans all pranks from Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy. Under the new principal things at Yawnee Valley have gotten worse, so Miles and Niles choose to ramp up their pranking to try ...more
Katy Noyes
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Sequel to 'The Terrible Two', which is a title I hadn't heard of before. I was impressed though and would definitely purchase both for my school library.

I've read both Jory John and Mac Barnett before, and they work well together here to create a pair of pranksters that I can imagine being popular in KS2/KS3 classrooms (and bedrooms). In a story that reminded me of Captain Underpants and Timmy Failure, Niles and MIles prank their way through school, targeting the class bully, even the
Wayne Walker
Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
What happens when a couple of pranksters get pranked themselves? The Terrible Two introduced Miles Murphy, the new kid in town, and Niles Sparks, the self-appointed, official School Helper, who teamed up to form a secret pranking club known as “The Terrible Two.” They are students at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy where the principal, Barry Barkin, and his son Josh are their chief goats. But one day, when the school picture is being taken, their latest scheme goes too far and gets the ...more
Ms. Yingling
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Miles and Niles are back, committing more acts of hatchback violence to Principal Barkin's poor car, smearing Limburger cheese on its undercarriage. In light of all of the pranks that have been happening, the school board votes to fire Barry Barkin and bring back his father. Former Principal Barkin is NOT having any pranks, and Miles and Niles are locked down in their ability to cause harmless mayhem at their school. Even the pranks they try (setting off the fire alarm,
Mar 09, 2016 added it
Recommends it for: anyone who like pranking or funny books
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Amanda Northrup
Dec 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Niles and Miles are back. This pranking team, known as The Terrible Two, are ready for another year of pranking their school, especially their power-loving principal, Principal Barkin. Unfortunately, one of their pranks leads Principal Barkin to losing his job, and now he's been replaced with a much more stern principal, who is out to shut down all pranking.

I straight-up loved Book 1. It was so fun! I frequently recommend it to my 4th and 5th grade students who are looking for something funny
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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Book Review

Title: The Terrible Two Gets Worse

Authors: Mac Barnett & Jory John

Illustrator: Kevin Cornell

Genre: Middle-grade/Humor

Rating: ***

Review: When pranking perfection meets the seemingly unprankable foe, who gets the last laugh?

Terrible Two Niles and Miles have been merrily pranking their favorite targets, Principal Barkin and his dim, loathsome son Josh, at school and in town all autumn long. Fed up with the plague of pranks, former Principal Barkin (father of the current one) stages a
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Juan Gomez
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book is one of the best and funniest books i have ever read it talks about two best friends that are like brothers that since they were small they have been thinking in creating a secret pranking club but after waiting a long time they finally created their secret club they have a lot of fun with it pranking the people in the school they do not like and the person they always like pranking is their principal.
their names are miles and niles the kids that created a secret club that the only
Jan 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Entertaining, but it felt that the pranks did not live up to those of the previous book. Likewise, the Terrible Two seemed to give up too easily on their elaborate pranks, as well as the Pranksters' oath. However, I did enjoy the writing style more this time around and it felt more personable.

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Jan 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I still love the idea of these books but I think it was just a little bit depressing to read. In the past, as a teacher/librarian, I really have faced the difficulties of being under the leadership of a principal who is constantly making decisions that I do not understand. Those decisions affect me and all of my students on a daily basis and school can become a very sad place to be when teachers lose their motivation and that "oomph" in their teaching. So I understand why it was funny and ...more
Clare Doornbos
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Possibly not as good as the first one, although I'm still thinking about why.

Here are some good things:
1. It wastes no time on exposition and yet manages to convey all the characters and circumstances that the reader needs to know.
2. There are clever references to key concepts in philosophy, politics and storytelling, that occur as part of the plot, but are also explained.
3. Stuart.

Here are some bad things:
1. The pranks are not fun enough.
2. The ending.

I can only assume that the authors have a
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love this book because it's funny and it puts writing craft (repetition, tone) at front and center of the book, so emerging readers and writers can appreciate how this story is assembled.

Compared to the first book I found the plot resolution somewhat weak (though the prank finale nearly made up for it) and some gag characters like Stuart were overused.

this is an easy series to recommend to a middle grades reader who secretly or not-so-secretly is stuck on Wimpy Kid.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I was disappointed in this book. I was so excited for it to come out because I loved the first book so much. This book did not have as much excitement or humor as the first book did. Also, I felt like some of the pranks were more mean-spirited than funny.
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lol I loved this book
For those who enjoyed The Terrible Two, this book is a solid, fun follow-up. The Terrible Two Get Worse is a charming, funny middle-grade story full of tricks, friendship, and good clean fun. I appreciate particularly that this volume addresses the idea of pranking while doing no real harm–and fixing the messes you make. Because yeah, while middle-grade pranking is humorous and ought to be relatively innocent, it would be pretty easy for kids to go overboard. As far as Niles and Miles’ ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Terrible Two Get Worse by Jory John and Mac Barnett is the second book of The Terrible Two series. The Terrible Two A.K.A. Miles and Niles take to the schools again to turn principals purple and have some fun! This time they prank to fast and cause Mr. Barkin their principal his job. In his place comes another barkin, this one is… way… worse and tougher… to… crack! The Terrible Twos pranks are brushed off and claimed to be natural making them go so far to do the prank that disgusts them the ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Look. There are books that are important for kids to read. Books parents or teachers will want to read with their kids so they can start a conversation about something true.

And then there are books that are just fun. Books kids and parents alike will like without trying. Books that can be read aloud, that will strengthen the bond between you and your kids.

The Terrible Two series is the fun kind of book. That said, this one does deal with ideas of tyranny and rebellion. The two prankster heroes
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
I read this to my boys, and we all loved it! I like the first book slightly better simply because this one had a more somber feel to it with Principal Bertrand Barkin taking over. Having said that, I don't know that I have EVER laughed so hard in my life over the first two pranks in this book. It's a combination of the pictures and the writing that make them so clever and funny. It seems to be my kind of humor though because my kids laughed more about me laughing than the book itself.
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Born to non-farmers in a California farming community, Mac Barnett now lives near San Francisco. He's on the board of directors of 826LA, a nonprofit writing center for students in Los Angeles, and he founded the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers.

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