March 8, 2015
Featured Book: The Terrible Two
The moment I saw this book, I knew I had to get it. How could I not? The cover is brilliant, to start. The contrasting blue and red draw immediate attention to the two main characters, Miles and Niles, and their different attitudes. It makes you wonder the connection between them, and the moment you read the title (which is wonderfully bold), you want to know--What makes them "the terrible two"?
As an added bonus, the hardcover is has a tactile texture on the front. You can actually feel the dips of the drawing sketch! It may seem a small thing, but this honestly made me love the cover even more and I can't imagine having the same sense of "wow" without it.
Inside, the book is even more delightful. Kevin Cornell's illustrations enhance the storytelling brilliantly are perfectly balanced with the text. Instead of the illustrations simply capturing an overall sense of a few pages, they are actually integrated with the story to be read seamlessly together. This adds a fantastic visual punch to the story that compliments the storytelling of Jory John and Mac Barnett completely.
Don't think it's just the design I love either; the two talented authors have created a hilarious story with memorable characters. It's full of fun and unbelievable pranks, charming, relatable characters, and...cows. Lots of cows. It's okay if you're not enthusiastic about cows; Miles Murphy (the protagonist) isn't either. But, trust me, that's part of the delight.
The Terrible Two is suggested for ages 8-12, but frankly you'll enjoy it no matter what your age. Assuming you appreciate tomfoolery, that is. (You do, don't you?) The book, like most, is available on Amazon. You can check out more of the drawings & design process from Kevin Cornell's website.
The Terrible Two / Published by Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS
Illustrator: Kevin Cornell
Book Design: Chad W. Beckerman