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Mac Barnett - Author

About the Author

Mac Barnett is the author of several award-winning books for children, including President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, and Extra Yarn, illustrated by Jon Klassen, which won a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award and a Caldecott Honor. Mac Barnett lives in California, USA. 

Featured books by Mac Barnett

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn

Key Stage 1

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/12/2012

This is an extraordinary new picture book about a little girl who cocoons her cold, grey town in joy and warmth...and brightly coloured yarn!  It's the perfect marriage of a beautiful, timeless story and stunning illustrations from a dream duo, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen. Rising star Jon Klassen's debut picture book, I Want My Hat Back , was listed as one of the New York Times ' Best Illustrated Books of 2011. Keep your eyes peeled for a very familiar-looking bear in Extra Yarn!  

Other books by Mac Barnett

The Terrible Two's Last Laugh

The Terrible Two's Last Laugh

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2019

The fourth and final installment of the New York Times bestselling series! It's Miles and Niles's final year at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy, and the Terrible Two have one goal: an epic prank. Something that will leave a lasting legacy at their school. Which should be easy-peasy for these experts. But their smooth sailing gets downright bumpy when they find out that the new superintendent is none other than Bertrand Barkin, their principal's father . . . and their sworn enemy. Now that former Principal Barkin is Acting Superintendent Barkin, he has a first order of business: his long-promised revenge on the Terrible Two. This rollicking finale to the bestselling series by Mac Barnett and Jory John will settle once and for all who-between quick wits and powerful fists-will have the last laugh.

Just Because

Just Because

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Curious minds are rewarded with curious answers in a fantastical bedtime book by Mac Barnett and Isabelle Arsenault. Why is the ocean blue? What is rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? It might be time for bed, but one child is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child's night-time wonderings. Any child who has ever asked Why? - and any parent who has attempted an explanation - will recognize themselves in this sweet storybook for dreamers who are looking for answers beyond Just because .

Mac Undercover (Mac B, Kid Spy #1)

Mac Undercover (Mac B, Kid Spy #1)

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

From the esteemed New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author Mac Barnett comes a thrilling, hilarious fully-illustrated new spy adventure series! Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid. And while he was a kid, he was a spy. Not just any spy. But a spy...for the Queen of England. James Bond meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid with this groundbreaking fully-illustrated chapter book series Mac B., Kid Spy. The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there's only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure...but will he find it in time? From secret identities to Karate hijinks, this fast-paced, witty and historically inspired chapter book will keep readers guessing until the very last page. With full-color illustrations and fascinating historical facts masterfully sprinkled throughout, this series offers adventure, intrigue, absurdity, history and humor. Discover this totally smart and side-splittingly funny new series, and experience what it's really like to be a kid spy.

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown

The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/05/2019

An exceptional picture book biography of Margaret Wise Brown, the legendary author of Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and other beloved children's classics, that's as groundbreaking as the icon herself was-from award-winning, bestselling author Mac Barnett and acclaimed illustrator Sarah Jacoby. What is important about Margaret Wise Brown? In forty-two inspired pages, this biography artfully plays with form and language to vivdly bring to life one of greatest children's book creators who ever lived: Margaret Wise Brown. Illustrated with sumptuous art by rising star Sarah Jacoby, this is essential reading for book lovers of every age.

The Terrible Two Go Wild

The Terrible Two Go Wild

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2018

Everyone's favorite pranksters are at it again! School's out, and Miles and Niles are running wild in the woods outside town: climbing trees, exploring caves, and, yes, pranking. But these leafy, lazy days of mischief darken when bully Josh Barkin and his cadets from a nearby kids' boot camp discover the merrymakers-and vow to destroy them. Are our heroes' sharp minds any match for these hooligans' hard fists? The third installment of the witty, on-target illustrated series is another fast paced, laugh-out-loud novel (School Library Journal on The Terrible Two) that proves once again that, in the hands of the powerless, pranks can be tools of justice-plus, they're funny.

Hi, Jack!

Hi, Jack!

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Meet Jack. He lives in a tree. His interests include snacks, petty theft, and lipstick graffiti. Jack also loves his friends, the Lady and a pup named Rex. He just has a funny way of showing it. Welcome to the laugh-out-loud and offbeat world of Hi, Jack!, the first book in a new early reader series by New York Times bestselling and award-winning creators Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli. A perfect read-aloud with snappy, rhythmic text, this series is destined to delight fans of Elephant and Piggie.

Terrible Two Go Wild

Terrible Two Go Wild

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: eBook Release Date: 09/01/2018

Everyone's favorite pranksters are at it again!School's out, and Miles and Niles are running wild in the woods outside town: climbing trees, exploring caves, and, yes, pranking. But these leafy, lazy days of mischief darken when bully Josh Barkin and his cadets from a nearby kids' boot camp discover the merrymakers-and vow to destroy them. Are our heroes' sharp minds any match for these hooligans' hard fists?The latest installment in the witty, on-target series proves once again that, in the hands of the powerless, pranks can be tools of justice-plus, they're funny.

The Terrible Two Go Wild (UK edition)

The Terrible Two Go Wild (UK edition)

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2018

From superstar authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John comes the third installment in their smart and funny New York Times bestselling Terrible Two series, The Terrible Two Go Wild. Everyone's favourite pranksters and founders of the International Order of Disorder are at it again! Miles and Niles find themselves marooned for the summer at Camp Good Times, which is all about peace and good vibes. (Can you say BOR-ING?) With no clear prank-ortunities, the Terrible Two fail to see what about all of this is so good. But when kids from the nearby Yawnee Valley Yelling and Push-Ups Camp raid Good Times's super-secret candy stash, the campers look to Miles and Niles for help. Will our heroes break free from the feckless feel-goodery of Camp Good Times? Are their sharp minds and close friendship a match for the fists of the rival campers? And why has Stuart changed his name to Tree? All these questions, plus some other ones you haven't thought of yet, will be answered in The Terrible Two Go Wild. With short chapters and plenty of illustrations, The Terrible Two series engages reluctant readers and appeals to a wide range of kids-both pranksters and not-as they laugh out loud.

I Love You Like a Pig

I Love You Like a Pig

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2017

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Mac Barnett, and award-winning illustrator Greg Pizzoli comes a new classic picture book that celebrates the tender and silly moments of our lives. I like you like a tree. You're funny like a fossil. I love you like a pig. Oink! Oink! Oink! The whimsical pairing of the text and art make for interactive read-aloud fun with little ones.

Places to Be

Places to Be

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/2017

From the award-winning, bestselling Mac Barnett and Renata Liwska comes a classic and luminous book perfect for fans of The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood and Waiting by Kevin Henkes. With an elegant simplicity, this picture book celebrates all our wide-ranging emotions-and the adventures that await us each day. We have so many places to be! Places to be loud and lovely and scared and jubilant.

Noisy Night

Noisy Night

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/03/2017

It's a noisy night in this city building! The residents of each floor can hear their neighbours above them, and are wondering what's going on above their heads. Climb floor by floor and page by page to find out whose singing, dancing, cheering, and cooing are keeping a grumpy old man awake. With innovative split-level spreads that offer the feeling of climbing an apartment building floor by floor, this clever and colourful collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and gifted illustrator Brian Biggs offers an irresistible investigation of one noisy night.

Rules Of The House

Rules Of The House

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2016

Terrible Two Get Worse (UK edition), The

Terrible Two Get Worse (UK edition), The

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2016

Separately, pranksters Miles and Niles were pretty devious. But now that they've teamed up together to form a pranking duo, they are truly Terrible! It's a good thing they have come into their own as friends and pranking partners as their powers will be tested when their favourite goat and nemesis, Principal Barkin, is replaced by his stern, no-nonsense father, Former Principal Barkin, who turns the school into boot camp. Now Miles and and Niles will do just about anything to get their nemesis back, including pranking for Barkin.

Terrible Two Get Worse

Terrible Two Get Worse

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2016

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-including pranking alongside him.From authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John comes the second installment in the series that celebrates inventiveness, friendship, and the power of teamwork-for good, or for terrible.

Terrible Two

Terrible Two

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2015

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town's best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.It's prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud. In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time. Advance Praise for The Terrible Two: A double helping of fun and mischief! -Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What's not to love about The Terrible Two? -Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series You don't have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love The Terrible Two. -Dave Eggers This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful. -Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And what's more, they're kids' kind of kids. -Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series Hilarious. -Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series

Terrible Two

Terrible Two

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/01/2015

Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town's best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.It's prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces and pull off the biggest prank ever seen: a prank so huge that it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder proud. In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Mac Barnett and Jory John have created a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and new at the same time. Advance Praise for The Terrible Two: A double helping of fun and mischief! -Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series The pranks, the brotherhood, the art, the heart! What's not to love about The Terrible Two? -Sara Pennypacker, author of the Clementine series You don't have to be a cow, like cows, or even know a cow to love The Terrible Two. -Dave Eggers This book is terrible! Terribly funny, terribly full of pranks, and terribly wonderful. -Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man and the Frank Einstein series The Terrible Two are my kind of kids. And what's more, they're kids' kind of kids. -Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series Hilarious. -Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series

Terrible Two

Terrible Two

Author: Mac Barnett, Jory John Format: eBook Release Date: 13/01/2015

Miles Murphy had it made. He lived in a great town near the ocean, he had two best friends, and most importantly, he had a reputation for being his town's best prankster. All of which explains why he's not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that's famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. Worse than that, Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster-and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he'll have to raise his game.It's prankster against prankster in an epic war of trickery, until the two finally decide to join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen, a prank so huge it would make the members of the International Order of Disorder (a loose confederacy of pranksters that flourished a couple of centuries ago) proud.In The Terrible Two, bestselling authors and friends Jory John and Mac Barnett have walked an impressive tightrope, creating a series that has its roots in classic middle-grade literature yet feels fresh and daring at the same time.

It Happened on a Train

It Happened on a Train

Author: Mac Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2011

Retired private detective and current seventh grader Steve Brixton has a new career: taking out the garbage on Wednesdays for five bucks a week. But it's hard to leave the old game behind, and on a train trip down the California coast, Steve finds himself pulled back into sleuthing. Soon he's in over his head in four feet and eleven inches of mystery involving a fleet of priceless automobiles, a deadly assassin (or maybe just a faulty lock on a sauna door), and a secret train car filled with intrigue. Plus there's a girl involved, which complicates everything. I mean she's just Steve's friend. And really, they barely even know each other. It's not like they're boyfriend or girlfriend or anything, okay?From the Compact Disc edition.

Guys Read: Best of Friends

Guys Read: Best of Friends

Author: Mac Barnett, Adam Rex Format: eBook Release Date: 21/06/2011

Ernest is annoying. Ernest is awkward. Ernest isErnest. And Dean wants nothing to do with him, until Ernest wins the most spectacular trip in the history of America and is allowed to bring one friend. A short story from the acclaimed collection Guys Read: Funny Business, edited by Jon Scieszka.

Ghostwriter Secret

Ghostwriter Secret

Author: Mac Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2010

Steve Brixton is America's next great kid detective and now he has his own agency to prove it . . . When twelve-year-old detective Steve Brixton gets a call that the Fairview diamond has gone missing, there are only two things to do: grab his new business cards and take the case! But Steve quickly learns there's an even bigger mystery afoot. MacArthur Bart, a.k.a. Steve's hero, a.k.a. the author of the Bailey Brothers Mysteries series, has been kidnapped! With the man who taught him everything he knows about sleuthing in trouble, Steve and his best chum, Dana, know they must stage a daring rescue . . . Once they find out where Bart is . . . and who took him . . . and why.

Guys Read: Best of Friends

Guys Read: Best of Friends

Author: Mac Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2010

It's here: Volume One of the official Guys Read Library. Jon Scieszka's Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise: that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy. And out of this comes a series that aims to give them just that. Ten books, arranged by theme, featuring the best of the best where writing for kids is concerned. Each book is a collection of original short stories, but these aren't your typical anthologieseach book is edgy, inventive, visual, and one-of-a-kind, featuring a different theme for guys to get excited about. Funny Business is based around the theme ofwhat elsehumor, and if you're familiar with Jon and Guys Read, you already know what you're in store for: ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around. Before you're through, you'll meet a teenage mummy; a kid desperate to take a dip in the world's largest pool of chocolate milk; a homicidal turkey; parents who hand over their son's room to a biker; the only kid in his middle school who hasn't turned into a vampire, wizard, or superhero; and more. And the contributor list includes bestselling author, award winners, and fresh new talent alike: Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo (writing with Jon Scieszka), Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar, Adam Rex, and David Yoo.Guys Read is all about turning young readers into lifelong onesand with this book, and each subsequent installment in the series, we aim to leave no guy unturned.

Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

Author: Mac Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 12/01/2010

Steve Brixton always wanted to be a detective . . . until he found out he already was one. It all starts here: the thrilling story of Steve Brixton's first case. Our hero has a national treasure to recover, a criminal mastermind to unmask, and a social studies report due Mondayall while on the run from cops, thugs, and secret-agent librarians. Just another day for a kid detective. "e;The boy detective novel is back with Mac Barnett's tongue-in-cheek homage to the Hardy Boys mysteries. Arte Johnson is spot-on as narrator. His serious, straightforward delivery adds just the right leavening to this funny and entertaining story.'AudioFile "e;Arte Johnson gives Steve's predicament a matter-of-fact, almost sardonic tone, with methodical pacing and understatement that provides listeners with laugh-out-loud enjoyment of this wholly improbable story. Fans will also enjoy the other titles in this series.'School Library Journal

Telephone

Telephone

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2003

It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.

Leo A Ghost Story

Leo A Ghost Story

Author: Mac Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2003

You would like being friends with Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can't even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with a tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. And that is when their adventures begin. This charming tale of friendship-from two of the best young minds in picture books: the author of the Caldecott Honor-winning Extra Yarn and the illustrator of the Bologna Ragazzi Award-winning Josephine-is destined to become a modern classic that will delight readers for years to come.

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