The greatest leaders and geniuses in history were mischief makers. They
were the brave women who looked at how unfair the world was and said,
“I can do better than that.” They were the stalwart men who saw
stupidity and asked, “Why do we have to do it that way?” And they were
the delightful children who ganged up on the neighborhood bully and hit
him with wet noodles until he said, “Uncle!”
Yes, history's mischief makers had the courage to point out that things
like slavery, global warming, and turtleneck sweaters are bad. And they
also pulled off some of the greatest hoaxes and practical jokes of all
time. Their achievements include the Boston Tea Party, the “War of the
Worlds” radio broadcast of 1938, and the Cheese Whiz Disaster of 2008.
In honor of them, we introduce The Pocket Guide to Mischief,
any prankster's collection, as well as a
fun-filled how-to for the budding troublemaker in all of us.
Bart King, a self-proclaimed
"dabbler," is interested in games, magic,
current events, music, chess, history, literature, geography, travel,
crime, science fiction, art, and almost everything else! The veteran of
many water-balloon wars, he's twice won the prized "Arrested
Development" award from the New York Society of Amateur Psychologists.
He earned a master's degree in history from Sonoma State University and
has taught middle school for the past fifteen years.
Bart's work has been featured in The
Oregonian, The Portland
Tribune, Chicago Parent,
Family Fun magazine and many
other publications. He has also appeared on dozens of television and
radio programs including the widely syndicated "Bob and Tom Show."
Not only is Bart a wild and crazy boy, he's also the author of the
Book of Boy Stuff. Bart subsequently co-authored The
Book of Girl Stuff with his five sisters and 50 former students.
This title won widespread acclaim; if you are skeptical (and you should
be!) please see its product page.
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This book is simply hilarious. I got it for my son (fifth grade), but I laugh at it at least as much as he and his friends do. The multiple-choice "Mischief Quiz" at the beginning is a great conversation piece for anyone with an ear for sarcasm--we've laughed over it at more than one family dinner. It's one of those books my son picks up to read before he goes to bed for sheer fun. There's a lot packed into it, too. King's voice is perfect for it. Good fun.
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