Monday, November 3, 2014

The Mischievians by William Joyce

The Mischievians 
by William Joyce 
56 pages
Picture Book 
October 2013

Book Jacket Summary
Where's my homework? Who took my other sock? What's that in my belly button? The creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling and Academy Award-winning The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore have found the answers to these and other life mysteries and no, it's not your fault!

Strange smells. Disappearing remotes. That itch you just can't reach. It's not your fault! It's the Mischievians, an ancient race of global mischief-makers who do all the things that embarrass you. All the things that bug you. All the things that YOU get blamed for!

There is no cause for alarm (sorta). Come meet the Homework Eater, the fiend who steals your homework! See the Endroller, the villain who uses up ALL the toilet paper! Discover the Yawn Mower, the creature who makes you yawn at the worst possible time! And many, many more. Read on, and be free.

My Thoughts
I must say that William Joyce has one spectacular imagination! He has wowed me with the book and animated short of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore plus The Guardians of Childhood.  The Mischievians is in the same realm with small creatures who steal homework, make you yawn, or pull down your boogers. As you can tell it is very refined. Joyce has full page illustrations and sketches of the creatures. His illustrations are just as colorful and unique as always! 
Kids will want to flip through the book and learn about each Mischievian. There is even an evolution of the Homework Eater to the File Sucker as more children use computers. Have fun with this book and make up your own Mischievian at the end with the drawing space provided. 

Book Pairings 
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by
The Monster in the Backpack by


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