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Sir John Hargrave's Mischief Maker's Manual
 
 
Author
John Hargrave.
Publisher Grosset & Dunlap  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780448456065
Pages/Publication Date 272/2011
Daedalus Item Code 21600
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Written in the style of a training manual, but with hilarious illustrations, this guide to pranking and practical jokes, for mischief makers 12 and up, emphasizes avoiding cruelty and only practicing pranks that are harmless and entertaining to all parties. The "Basics" shows how to find a pranking partner and pull simple pranks like making crank calls. "Prank Moves" explains how to pull pranks at places like home, school, or camp, and "Do-It-Yourself" demonstrates things like putting a real worm inside an ice cube. "Experts Only" covers such advanced pranks as how to fake an alien landing, while "Recipes" includes step-by-step instructions on how to bake tuna cookies.

"Though at first glance this handbook may seem like a tween/teen version of William Powell's The Anarchist Cookbook, it's actually a lot more like Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden's innocuous The Dangerous Book for Boys. While the focus is on how to execute perfect pranks, and while there is definitely an illicit feel to the book design, there's also strong emphasis on mischief-makers' ethics as defined in a Prankster's Code, which is repeated throughout the book. Among its prescriptions: Always be careful; don't be a bully; do no lasting damage; and be funny. That last edict is a biggie. The book constantly emphasizes that, ultimately, pranks should be creative and harmless enough to be entertaining to parties on both sides of the equation—even if perpetrators have to return to the scene of their crimes to help clean up any lingering messes."—School Library Journal

 
 
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