The Mischief-Maker’s Handbook by Mike Barfield and illustrated by Jan Buchczik was an unashamedly goofy book. And I’ll admit, ninety percent of the reason why I decided to read it was due to the fact that I have a student who loves mischief. With how utterly fascinated this kid is with naughtiness, a part of me just can’t help myself from thinking that it would be fun to offer him some harmless pranks to play.
While I’ll say that this book is rife with simple, yet fun ideas, it’s fair to say I knew about quite a number of them before I began reading this. Not all of the silly pranks in here are what I would consider great pranks, of course. I did, however, have a lot of fun reading it.
The illustrations really weren’t for me. They’re quite simple and do a superb job of depicting the various innocent mischief one can get into. The cover is a pretty good preview of what the rest of the book is going to look like. From fake milk spills to objects that make loud noises, The Mischief-Maker’s Handbook is the ideal book to give your kids who like being a little bit naughty, but in an innocent way.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.